The local journalists shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards

Shariqua Ahmed

A journalist on a Google-funded local news website is among reporters from the regional press nominated for British Journalism Awards, run by Press Gazette.

Shariqua Ahmed, a reporter on Peterborough Matters, is among seven nominations in the local category for the awards, which will be held virtually on December 9.

Prior to working for Peterborough Matters, Shariqua was well-known in the area having been a reporter at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. She moved to Peterborough in November 2016, having previously been a newspaper journalist in India.

Chief reporter John Baker said: “I am delighted for Shariqua, who is a hard-working and talented journalist and a real asset to the team.

“She is remarkable for someone for whom English is not her first language and to get to the shortlist is a great achievement.”

Peterborough Matters was launched by Archant earlier this year after securing funding from Google to innovate with local news and find a sustainable model for the future.

Stories Shariqua is shortlisted for include:

Archant has two nominations in the category, the other being for Charles Thomson and Tom Bristow of the Archant Investigations Unit, for their work on the Unfinished podcast.

Robyn Vinter

There are two nominations for Leeds-based journalists working for JPIMedia too in this category. Robyn Vinter, of the Yorkshire Post, is nominated for:

Susie Beever

Susie Beever, meanwhile, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, is nominated for:

Sam McBride

Elsewhere, Sam McBride of the Belfast News Letter, is shortlisted for:

Also shortlisted in the local category are Katie French and Ryan Evans from the Basingstoke Gazette. Their nominates included:

BBC Birmingham’s Jonathan Gibson is shortlisted for:

Completing the nominations for the local category are Leah Seator, Mark Harcus, Sarah Sutherland and Kerry Martin of The Orcadian for:

In other categories, The Scotsman Sessions, launched by Roger Cox to support the arts after the Edinburgh Festivals were cancelled, is shortlisted in the innovation category.

Will Hayward

Will Hayward of WalesOnline is nominated twice — the only regional nomination in the politics section. His work includes:

He is also nominated in the features category, with additional stories including:

Ruth Dacey

The Yorkshire Post’s Ruth Dacey short-listed in the new journalist category. Word nominated includes:

Lindsay Pantry

And completing four nominations for the Leeds newsroom is Lindsay Pantry, nominated in the specialist journalism category:

The Bureau Local team, with Charles, second left, and Gareth, second from right, both nominated.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which includes the Bureau Local project, has been shortlisted in the investigations category for its work around council borrowing. Named from the team in the nomination are Gareth Davies and Charles Boutaud:

Their work is also shortlisted in the Business, Finance and Economics category.

Jack Foster and Fraser Knight, of Global Radio’s newsroom in Scotland, have been shortlisted for their work on Coronavirus: ‘Sick patients in Scottish care homes allowed to mingle with healthy people’.

Over 800 entries were submitted this year — a record haul.

This year there will also be a new prize awarded by Press Gazette for Public Service Journalism. In the mould of the Pulitzer Prize in the US, this award will recognise the journalist or team that has gone the extra mile to serve the public interest this year.

Chairman of the judges Dominic Ponsford said: “Considering the year we have had for news we expected some amazing entries and we were not disappointed.

“It was especially gratifying to see so many new voices recognised in this year’s shortlists. With more than 50 entrants in many categories, just making the shortlist is an incredible achievement.

“Thank you to the judges for giving up their time and to everyone who has entered.”

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