Magnificent Seven Go For “Top Dog” Award

Seven  titles will be competing for the accolade of Newspaper of the Year at next month’s Midlands Media Awards.

Last year’s winner, the Tamworth Herald, will be up against the Birmingham Mail, Derby Telegraph, Hinckley Times, Sunday Mercury, The Sentinel and Worcester News.

The awards, which recognise the achievements of the region’s journalists, broadcasters, photographers and bloggers over the past twelve months, have attracted more than 200 entries; the most competitive category being News Reporter of the Year (Daily), with 36 entries.

Nominated for that award are the Birmingham Mail’s Andy Richards, Jeanette Oldham and Zoe Chamberlain; Chris Mallett and Martin Naylor from the Derby Telegraph, Ben Ireland (Nottingham Post), Antonia Bannister (Coventry Telegraph) and Catherine Phillips (Worcester News).

With HSBC as its headline sponsor, the awards will be held at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday, 20 October. Further details, and how to book your place at the awards, can be found by logging onto

Award-winning television presenter Suzanne Virdee was chairman of the final judging panel of experienced journalists and communications specialists who scrutinised a shortlist of entries after an initial judging process carried out by a panel of 40 professionals.

Other nominations:

Blogger of the Year: Ruth Emmerson, Sheworechic Blog; Ross Hawkes, Lichfield Live; Alessandro Sorrentino, UK by Numbers and Graham Young, Birmingham Mail

Business Journalist of the Year: Simon Gilbert, Coventry Telegraph; Mark Gough, ITV News Central; Lauren Mills, Leicester Mercury and Peter Plisner, BBC Midlands Today

Campaign of the Year: Martyn Smith, Stourbridge News; Gary Phelps, Nuneaton News and Gary Phelps, Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

Columnist of the Year: Jenny Amphlett, The Sentinel; Neil Elkes, Birmingham Mail; Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph; Mike Lockley, Birmingham Mail/Sunday Mercury and Anton Rippon, Derby Telegraph

Feature Writer of the Year: John Butterworth, Black Country Bugle; Zoe Chamberlain, Birmingham Mail; Andy Darlington, Taste the Seasons; Justine Halifax, Sunday Mercury; Mike Lockley, Birmingham Mail and John Woodhouse, The Sentinel

Magazine of the Year: Artsbeat; Birmingham Living; Black Country Bugle; Herefordshire Society; Journal; Midlands Business Insider; Taste the Seasons and University of Derby Magazine

Newcomer of the Year: Rebecca Burrows, ITV News Central; Matthew Dresch, Worcester News; Megan Jones, Free Radio and Nicholas Reid, Tamworth Herald

News Photo of the Year: Chris De Bretton-Gordon, Leicester Mercury; Adam Fradgley, AMA Sports Photo Agency; Ross Hawkes, Lichfield Live; Nick Wilkinson, Birmingham Mail and Graham Young, Birmingham Mail

News Reporter of the Year (Weekly): John Butterworth, Black Country Bugle; Robbie Gordon, The Hinckley Times; Bev Holder, Stourbridge News; Sam Jones, Tamworth Herald; Mike Lockley, Sunday Mercury and Adam Smith, Halesowen News

Radio Journalist of the Year:  Paul Bradbury, Touch FM; Sian Grzeszczyk, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire; Kellie Maddox, Free Radio; Suzie Rack, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire; Amy Stubbs, Global’s Midlands News Room and Kate West, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Scoop of the Year: Tom Edwards, Worcester News and Adam Smith, Halesowen News

Sports Journalist of the Year: Michael Beardmore, Walsall Advertiser; Geoff Berkeley, Worcester News; Steve Clamp, ITV News Central; Les Reid, Coventry Observer; Matt Davies, Nottingham Post; Chris Philpotts, Nuneaton News and James Sharpe, Leicester Mercury

Sports Photographer of the Year: Chris De Bretton-Gordon, Leicester Mercury; Adam Fradgley, AMA Sports Photo Agency; Tim Harley-Easthope, Birmingham Mail and Dale Martin, Freelance

Supplement of the Year: Central Independent News & Media, Education; Lincolnshire Media, The Business; Oxford Times, Oxfordshire Limited Edition; Stratford Herald, Shakespeare 400; Tamworth Herald, Draw the Queen and Tamworth Herald, Archive

Television Journalist of the Year: Qasa Alom, BBC Inside Out West Midlands; Andy Bevan, ITV News Central; Jonathan Gibson, BBC Inside Out West Midlands; Mark Gough, ITV News Central and Sian Grzeszczyk, BBC Midlands Today

The Tony Flanagan News Photographer of the Year: Steve Bould, The Sentinel; Chris De Bretton-Gordon, Leicester Mercury; Adam Fradgley, AMA Sports Photo Agency; Dale Martin, Freelance Nick Wilkinson, Birmingham Mail and Mark Williamson, Stratford Herald

The Birmingham Mail, Black Country Bugle, Sunday Mercury, Taste the Seasons and Walsall Observer have been nominated for Headline of the Year.

For further information on the media awards please contact either Paula Kelsey or Charlotte Widdowson at Cloud 9 Events Management on 0115 933 3811.