Four shortlisted for AOP’s Local Hero award

Four regional journalists will go head to head for the ‘Local Hero’ Award at the Association of Online Publishers annual awards.

The award, sponsored by Google, is design to recognise the value of local journalism and its contribution to society.

Shortlisted this year are Natasha Meek of the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Caroline Wilson of the Herald in Scotland, Geraldine Scott, formerly of the Yorkshire Post and now at the Press Association, and Will Hayward of WalesOnline/Western Mail.

Clockwise from left: Geri Scott, Will Hayward, Natasha Meek, Caroline Wilson

According to the AOP website, the jury will be looking for journalists who recognise the added power that digital publishing provides for the amplification of local stories and the building of local communities around great journalistic content.

The awards programme champions talent and excellence across 26 categories. Judged by a panel of digital industry leaders, under the guidance of co-chairs, Robin Shute, Operations Director of Incisive Media, and Hayley Cochrane, Head of Digital for Mail Metro Media, the winners will be announced during an afternoon ceremony on September 16.

Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP, said: “I am blown away by the number of inspiring and innovative entries we received for the Digital Publishing Awards this year.

“In these trying times, the resilience and creativity of publishers has shone through and while there will be more hurdles for the industry to overcome, it’s important to stop for a moment to not only recognise and celebrate publisher brilliance, but also gain inspiration and learn from those who have demonstrated exceptional agility and determination”.



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