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Regional Press Awards: CNJ is shortlisted among the best local titles in the UK

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12 June, 2020

THE Camden New Journal has been named among the best local titles in the entire United Kingdom after being shortlisted for a newspaper of the year award at the industry’s “Oscars”.

Judges of the Regional Press Awards placed the CNJ in the same company as some of the newspapers produced by big newspaper groups with far bigger budgets.

An award ceremony has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis but organisers, the Society of Editors, said that talent and hard work in the industry should not go unrecognised this year. It shortlisted both the New Journal and its stablemate, the Islington Tribune, the best-read paper in neighbouring in Islington, in its free newspaper of the year category. This is traditionally the field where the papers with the higher circulations are recognised.

And that’s not all: the New Journal has also been shortlisted for a “Campaign of the Year” award, after our work detailing the Kentish Town City Farm’s battle for survival last year. The dedicated weekly coverage was seen by a mystery donor who stepped in with crucial help.

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Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “The annual Regional Press Awards is the occasion in the calendar when the regional and local press can shout about the excellence that runs through the industry. It is a great pity that the awards gala lunch had to be cancelled, but we were determined the hard work by so many talented journalists in the regional press should not go unrecognised.”

Richard Osley, the New Journal’s deputy editor, said: “All of the staff at the New Journal remain committed to the task ahead, despite the challenges caused by the coronavirus. These are not easy times for the local press, but I’m proud of the way the CNJ has continued to be a voice for people who sometimes struggle to be heard: a source of information and debate, and hopefully a few stories to make you smile too.”

He added: “Our reporters are not ‘awards chasers’, they do not enter every prize going, but it is nice for their hard work to be recognised at the industry’s main event. But it is recognition for our readers too, who keep us on our toes with support, encouragement and, yes, constructive criticism too. As an independent newspaper, we answer to them, not shareholders or a faraway board of directors.”

Winners will be announced next Friday.


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