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25 February 2021

Young Journalists Urged To Enter Cathryn Nicoll Award

Young journalists working for local news media titles across the UK are urged to enter the News Media Association’s Cathryn Nicoll Award which rewards brilliant feature writing with a £500 cash prize for the winner.

Last year’s winner was Nottinghamshire Live reporter Joseph Locker whose interview with Ken Clarke which the judges said provided "genuine new insight" into the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the former MP's exit from the Conservative Party at the height of the Brexit debate

The award is part of the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards, celebrating the best of UK regional and local newspaper journalism and this year include a Chairman’s Special 2020 Award to recognise individual journalists, teams and support staff who have gone that extra mile to ensure their publications/websites continued to function during the crisis.

Entries will be open until 23:59 on 5 March 2021 and early entries are encouraged. The entry price has been kept at the same level as last year. A shortlist will be announced in April 2021.

The awards are planned to be announced at a virtual awards ceremony to be staged in late May. The Society of Editors will monitor the situation with regards to coronavirus and re-evaluate the circumstances closer to the date.

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.