The regional journalists shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards’ Local News prize

The British Journalism Awards, with Press Gazette boss Dominic Ponsford on the stage

Journalists from two Bristol websites will go head-to-head for an award which celebrates the best of local and regional journalism.

Matty Edwards of the Bristol Cable, and Martin Booth of Bristol 24/7, are both shortlisted for the Local Journalism Award at the British Journalism Awards, due to be held in London on December 8.

Also shortlisted are journalists from Archant, MyLondon, The Scotsman, MyLondon, ITV London, BBC South East Today, and the Belfast News Letter and Belfast Telegraph.

Matty’s shortlisted entires include a series of stories about the closure of private mental health wards in the city. One story saw a teenager reveal the traumatic time they had in one such ward.

Martin is shortlisted for coverage of police breaking up a peaceful protest at the city’s College Green.

Archant’s multi-award winning investigations unit is shortlisted for an investigation into cladding at Suffolk’s tallest building, and how dangers exposed pre-Grenfell were ‘kept quiet’ . Other articles include buyers revealing how they fear they have lost everything. Emily Townsend, Tom Bristow and Charles Thomson are the shortlisted journalists.

Martyn McLoughlin, of the Scotsman is shortlisted for his investigation into Donald Trump’s trips to his Scottish resorts, and who paid for them. He also revealed how Trump’s firms claimed £500,000 from the Covid jobs fund despite axing staff.

Zak Garner-Purkis is shortlisted for an investigation into the £19bn Crossrail fiasco and for interviewing friends of Shamima Begum to find out what she was really like — and who revealed she tried to recruit them to join ISIS.

Ria Chatterjee of ITV News London submitted three stories to be shortlisted including the Hackney school where pupils in detention are referred to as detainees, how one in five working households in London live in poverty and concerns ethnic minorities are being ignored when asking for mental health support.

Colin Campbell, of BBC South East Today, is shortlisted for stories including how 1/3 of Covid deaths in Brighton hospital were as a result of infection once on a ward, how County Lines gangs are recruiting youngsters via Snapchat, and new information on a 1982 murder case.

Sam McBride, who moved from the Belfast News Letter to the Belfast Telegraph during this year, is shortlisted for stories including a former aide to Northern Ireland’s last prime minister saying he’d consider Irish unity, an interview with Brandon Lewis on the Irish Sea border and one headlined: Inside the self-deception an unrepentant killer needs to stay sane — but at what price? Ex-UVF man Billy Hutchinson admits: My life is full of contradiction




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