5 Jun 15

EDF Energy South West Media Awards 2015 contenders revealed

The EDF Energy South West of England Media Awards 2015 shortlist has been announced.

Bristol Post, Plymouth Herald and Western Morning News are all nominated for Daily Newspaper of the Year. Bath Chronicle, The West Briton and Western Gazette vie for Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year.

The awards, held in association with Hold the Front Page and sponsored by EDF Energy, honour the best in journalism across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. This year there were more than 250 entries, across 20 categories.

Midweek Herald in Devon, North Devon Gazette and North Somerset Times have been shortlisted for Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year.

ITV News West Country and BBC Inside Out West compete for Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Somerset and Heart Global Newsroom, West, are all in the running for Radio News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year.

, www.bristolpost.co.uk, www.flicwiltshire.com, www.totalswindonsport.com and www.soglos.com compete for Website of the Year.

Nominated for the Community Campaign accolade are
Bath Chronicle (Harmonie-Rose), The Cornishman (Heart Start), Mid Somerset News and Media (10x10 Hospice Care), Plymouth Herald (I Love Life) and Plymouth Herald (Safer Spaces).

The award ceremony will be held at Somerset County Cricket Club, in Taunton, on Thursday July 16. Ian Axton, ITV News West Country Presenter and Francesca Price, former BBC journalist and communications consultant, will be hosting the awards.

Follow @EDFEnergyComms for awards’ news and tweeting from the event as the winners are announced.



Full Shortlist

Newcomer of the Year

Nancy Connolly, Bath Chronicle

Katie French, Mid Devon Gazette

Mary Goodchild, Western Gazette

Chloe Smith, The Cornishman

Sarah Waddington, Plymouth Herald


Digital Journalist of the Year

Richard Booth, Express and Echo

Sam Morshead, Total Sport Swindon, Swindon Advertiser

Joseph Wilkes, North Devon Journal


Specialist Journalist of the Year

Steve Brodie, BBC West

Johanna Carr, Cornish Guardian

Sian Davies, Plymouth Herald

Trudi Harris, BBC Somerset

Tristan Nichols, Plymouth Herald


News Photographer of the Year

David Cox, Swindon Advertiser

Penny Cross, Plymouth Herald

Steven Haywood, Western Morning News, West Magazine

Greg Martin, The Cornishman

Paul Slater, Plymouth Herald


Sports Journalist of the Year

Daniel Barnes, Swindon Advertiser

Daniel Evans, Bath Chronicle

Andy Phillips, Western Morning News

Neil Rose, Bath News and Media

James Young, Gloucestershire Echo


Feature Writer of the Year

Sam Blackledge, Plymouth Herald

Corrie Bond-French, Glosmedia, Weekend Magazine

Lisa Evans, Bath Chronicle, Bath Weekend Magazine

Liz Parks, Western Morning News

Marion Sauvebois, Swindon Advertiser


Columnist of the Year

Phil Goodwin, Western Morning News

Barrie Hudson, Swindon Advertiser

Mary Quicke, Devon Life

Heather Walters, North Devon Journal


Designer of the Year

Neil Beck, Bath Chronicle

Kathryn Clarke-McLeod, Western Morning News, West Magazine

Sian David, Bath Chronicle

David Lewins, Bristol Post, Weekend


Radio Journalist of the Year

Carrian Jones, Global's Newsroom - West (Heart Cornwall)

George Painter, Global's Newsroom - West (Heart Bristol and Somerset)

Heather Simons, BBC Radio Gloucestershire


Television Journalist of the Year

Matthew Hill, BBC West

Fiona Lambdin, BBC West

Andrew Plant, BBC West


Weekly Print Journalist of the Year

Stephen Davy-Osborne, Western Gazette

Liza-Jane Gillespie, Bath Chronicle

Mary Goodchild, Western Gazette

Faye Greenwell, North Devon Journal

Flora Thompson, Western Gazette


Daily Print Journalist of the Year

Sam Blackledge, Plymouth Herald

Beren Cross, Swindon Advertiser

Sian Davies, Plymouth Herald


Website of the Year







Community Campaign of the Year

Bath Chronicle, Harmonie-Rose

The Cornishman, Heart Start

Mid Somerset News and Media, 10x10 Hospice Care

Plymouth Herald, I Love Life

Plymouth Herald, Safer Spaces


Front Page of the Year

Bath Chronicle, A City Mourns

Cornish Guardian, Cornwall Forever

Express and Echo, Every Parent's Nightmare

Gloucester Citizen, 24 Years

West Briton, Thanks Andy


Radio News / Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Laurie Lee Centenary, BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Ben McGrail, BBC Somerset

Heart Cornwall's Nightly News, Global's Newsroom - West


Television News / Current Affairs Programme of the Year

BBC Inside Out West

ITV News West Country, Becky Watts Outside Broadcast

ITV News West Country, Dawlish, Boscastle and Royal Cornwall Show


Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year

Midweek Herald

North Devon Gazette

North Somerset Times


Weekly Paid for Newspaper of the Year

Bath Chronicle

The West Briton

Western Gazette


Daily Newspaper of the Year

Bristol Post

Plymouth Herald

Western Morning News



For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
Media Officer (South East)
07875 112599

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