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Meet the live reporters, social media and data journalists shortlisted for the Regional Press Awards

Posted on: June 10, 2020 by Mariella Brown

In spite of this year’s difficult circumstances, we are determined that the hard work done by journalists in the regional and local press should not go unrecognised.

Each week day until the winners are announced online on June 19 we will be spotlighting several of the category shortlists and introducing the nominees and their work.

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Click on the pictures to meet the nominees for today’s spotlight categories

Social Media Journalist of the Year
Cahair O’Kane, The Irish News
Daniel Russell, The Nottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Live
Kristian Johnson, LeedsLive
Lee Ryder, Newcastle Chronicle
Will Hayward, WalesOnline
Zoe Chamberlain, BirminghamLive


Digital Live News Reporter of the Year
Cathy Owen, Media Wales
Emilia Bona, Liverpool Echo
Jilly Beattie, BelfastLive
Joe Thomas, Liverpool Echo
Kristian Johnson, LeedsLive
Neil Docking, Liverpool Echo
Samantha Yarwood, Manchester Evening News


Data Journalist of the Year
Aimee Stanton, JPIMedia
Annie Gouk, Reach Data Unit
Chris McCall, The Scotsman
Federica Bedendo, The Whitehaven News/ News & Star
Harriet Clugston, RADAR AI
Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman / Scotland on Sunday

Sports Journalist of the Year – Weekly/ Sunday Paper
Fraser Watson, Western Telegraph
Jon Colman, The Cumberland News
Liam Headd, Newbury Weekly News
Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent
Paul Davis, Rotherham Advertiser
Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life


This week we have also met the nominees for:

Columnist of the Year – Daily Paper

Business & Finance Journalist of the Year

Sports Journalist of the Year – Daily Papers

Columnist of the Year – Weekly Papers

Young Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Amazon Prime Video

Specialist Writer/ Impact Journalist of the Year

Feature Writer/ Long Form Journalist of the Year