16 September 2021

Winners for the Regional Press Awards will be announced in a virtual ceremony on 16 September.

The industry’s premier awards will celebrate the very best of UK regional and local journalism produced last year, with the presses still turning and digital traffic soaring in the face of the global pandemic. 

Entries for the awards have now closed.

About the awards

The awards recognise the work of regional news journalists in print and digital platforms. Reporters, feature writers, interviewers and photographers working for agencies are also eligible to enter work published between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

Entries are made for work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other delivery format in any UK regional newspaper or any news website or platform covering UK regional or local news (excluding broadcast media).

The awards will this year include a Special 2020 Award to recognise individual journalists, teams and support staff who have gone that extra, extra mile to ensure their publications/websites continued to function during the crisis. 

This category is free to enter.

New categories for this year include Special Supplement of the Year and a separate category for Sunday Newspaper of the Year to acknowledge the work of Sunday teams as a distinctly unique offering to that of existing categories celebrating Weekly Newspaper and Daily Newspaper of the Year.

Once again in some established categories, awards have been split to ensure that journalists working on smaller titles with less resources are recognised without having to compete with larger, better-funded regional daily newsrooms.

The Cathryn Nicoll Interviewer of the Year Award will run for its third consecutive year at the Regional Press Awards. The award, set up by the News Media Association (NMA), was launched in 2019 in memory of Cathryn Nicoll who held the position of news editor at the Croydon Advertiser during her career as a journalist.

The award is open to any journalist working for a weekly or daily local or regional newspaper published in the UK, who is aged between 18 and 25 and rewards a £500 cash prize to its winner.

Paul Sinker, News Media Association, said: “Since its launch, the Cathryn Nicoll Award has gone from strength to strength, highlighting the brilliant work of young journalists across the UK. Local and regional journalism continues to play a critical role in keeping communities informed during the coronavirus pandemic and the Regional Press Awards will shine a spotlight upon this brilliant work.”

To celebrate the sterling campaigns produced across regional and local journalism, entries for the Campaign of the Year categories will also be included in the Making a Difference ~ People’s Choice public vote organised by the NMA, and announced as part of Journalism Matters later in the year.

The Regional Press Awards are made possible due the support of headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project, and Camelot which has been a supporter since 2001. With thanks to Google News Initiative, Amazon, HoldTheFrontPage and Journalists’ Charity.