Nominations announced for Midlands Media Awards

A double-winner at the 2012 Midlands Media Awards, Les Reid, of the Coventry Telegraph, has been nominated for four categories at this year’s Awards, which are being held next month.

MMA 2013 Nominations

Reid is in the frame for Journalist of the Year and News Reporter (Daily) – accolades he won last year – together with Business Reporter and Scoop of the Year.

The battle for Newspaper of the Year will be between the Birmingham Post, Lincolnshire Echo, Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Shropshire Star, Sunday Mercury and Tamworth Herald.

Nominations for the Awards, organised by Nottingham-based Cloud 9 Event Management on behalf of Birmingham Press Club, were announced today (May 13).  The winners will be revealed at a presentation evening at The Holte Suite, Villa Park, on June 13.

Peter Lowe, Managing Editor of Sky News, who chaired the judging panel, said: “There was excellent work in all types of media and disciplines.  But we were particularly struck by the way in which local newspapers — among the most hard-pressed institutions in the ever-changing media landscape — are still delivering sharp and original journalism for the benefit of their readers.  Long may it continue!”

The Awards are being sponsored by Birmingham Airport, with further support from Barclays Bank, Birmingham City University, Bournville College, East Midlands Airport and Drayton Manor Theme Park.

Tickets are now available via eventbrite or contact Paula Kelsey at Cloud 9 Event Management Ltd on 0115 841 9699.

The Nominations

Business Journalist of the Year

  • Graeme Brown, Birmingham Post
  • Jon Griffin, BPM Media
  • Kurt Jacobs, Insider
  • Les Reid, Coventry Telegraph
  • Duncan Tift, The Business Desk

Campaign of the Year

  • Birmingham Mail & Sunday Mercury, Mike Lockley – The Fight for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers at Heartland Hospital
  • Birmingham Post, Birmingham’s Hidden Gems, Graeme Brown
  • Coventry Telegraph, Coventry Telegraph Surgery SOS Campaign, Warren Manger
  • Lincolnshire Echo, Save Lincoln Prison, Melanie West
  • Walsall Advertiser, A Card For Our Golden Girl, Charlotte Hart

Columnist of the Year

  • Tom Edwards, Worcester News
  • Paul Fulford, Birmingham Mail
  • Jon Griffin BPM Media
  • Kurt Jacobs, Insider
  • Victoria Martindale, Derby Telegraph

Feature Writer of the Year

  • Karen Bowerman, Herefordshire Life
  • Zoe Chamberlain, BPM Media
  • Jayne Garfitt, Nottingham Post
  • Justine Halifax, Birmingham Mail
  • Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail
  • Cara Simpson, Coventry Telegraph

Headline of the Year

  • David Briggs, Express & Star, Ding Dong Merry Hill on high
  • Paul Cole, Sunday Mercury, All I Need Is Three Kings!
  • Richard Jackson, BPM Media, Fruitbowl’s coming home/ We shall fight them on the breeches/ Sin when you’re winning
  • Gary Phelps, Central Independent News and Media, Swamped
  • Sally Walmsley, Express & Star, Beauty in eye of beer-holder

Journalist of the Year

  • Peter Bearne, ITV News – Central
  • Dominic Howell, Nottingham Post
  • Mike Lockley, Sunday Mercury
  • Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail
  • Les Reid, Coventry Telegraph
  • Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury

Magazine or Supplement of the Year

  • Aspirational Magazine, Colin Herd
  • Birmingham Living, Jonathan Carter
  • City (Soar Media), Chris Mortley
  • Nottingham Post Weekend, Riah Matthews
  • Taste the Seasons, Andy Darlington

Public Choice

Newcomer / Student of the Year

  • Elise Chamberlain, Central Independent News and Media
  • Paul Creeney, Staffordshire University
  • Charlotte Cross, Staffordshire University
  • Adreen Hart-Rule, Staffordshire University
  • Noel Phillips, Staffordshire University
  • Harriet Robinson, Trinity Mirror/ The Hinckley Times
  • Hannah Stokes, ITV News – Central

Newspaper of the Year

  • Birmingham Post, Graeme Brown
  • Lincolnshire Echo, Melanie West
  • Northampton Chronicle & Echo, David Summers
  • Shropshire Star, David Burrows
  • Sunday Mercury, Paul Cole
  • Tamworth Herald, Gary Phelps

News Photographer of the Year

  • Anna Draper, Lincolnshire Echo
  • Adam Fradgley, Leicester Mercury
  • Chris Gordon, Leicester Mercury
  • Richard Harris, Express & Star
  • Tim Thursfield, Express & Star

News Photo of the Year

  • Tim Easthope, The Factory Explosion, BPM Media
  • Chris Gordon, Leicester’s Last Deep Mine, Leicester Mercury
  • Richard Harris, The Carvers Fire, Express & Star
  • Tim Thursfield, The Olympic Torch at Severn Valley Railway, Express & Star

News Reporter of the Year (Daily)

  • Sam Dimmer, Coventry Telegraph
  • Jonny Greatrex, Multimedia Journalist
  • Dominic Howell, Nottingham Post
  • Mike Lockley, Birmingham Mail & Sunday Mercury
  • Warren Manger, Coventry Telegraph
  • Les Reid, Coventry Telegraph

News Reporter of the Year (Weekly)

  • Bobby Bridge, Central Independent News and Media
  • Jonny Greatrex, Sunday Mercury
  • Katy Hallam, The Hinckley Times
  • Sam Morris, Lincolnshire Echo
  • Mark Williams, Lincolnshire Echo

News Website of the Year

  • BPM Media, Anna Jeys
  • The Business Desk, Andy Coyne
  • ITV News Central, Liz Hannam

Radio Journalist of the Year

  • Dan Dawson, Free Radio
  • Adrian Goldberg, BBC WM 95.6
  • Steve Hermon, Free Radio
  • Nick Jewers, 102 Touch FM
  • Anna Sills, 102 Touch FM

Scoop of the Year

  • Martin Bagot, Coventry Telegraph, Grieving squaddies being turned away from Coventry bar sparks internet storm
  • Peter Bearne, ITV News Central, Burton Joyce Primary School
  • Warren Manger, Coventry Telegraph, Op Snub Hands Barbara A Death Sentence; You Have Saved My Life; Telegraph Saved Our Lives
  • Nick McCarthy, Birmingham Mail, Villa Brawl & Cop That
  • Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail, Foreign Nationals
  • Les Reid, Coventry Telegraph, Vincent McKee Investigation

Sports Journalist of the Year

  • Steve Carley, Worcester News
  • Steve Clamp, ITV News Central
  • Leigh Curtis, Lincolnshire Echo
  • Tom Guest, Worcester News
  • Steve Hermon, Free Radio

Sports Photographer of the Year

  • Adam Fradgley, Exposure Photography
  • Alex Hannam, Leicester Mercury
  • John Jenkins, Lincolnshire Echo
  • Dan Matthams, Nottingham Post
  • Mike Sewell, Leicester Mercury


Television Journalist of the Year

  • Peter Bearne, ITV News – Central
  • Joan Cummins, BBC Midlands Today
  • Mark Gough, ITV News – Central
  • John Hess, BBC East Midlands
  • Keith Wilkinson, ITV News – Central

Blogger of the Year

  • There are no nominations in this category

One thought on “Nominations announced for Midlands Media Awards

  1. There is no way that the Coventry Telegraph has properly researched and disclosed all the disgraceful things that the Hedge Fund owners of our Footbal club in Coventry have been doing. we need other newspapers in the Midlands to send in their own independent reporters

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