Camden New Journal named in the top six local newspapers in the UK
Newspaper nominated for gong at annual Regional Press Awards
26 April, 2018
Sir David Attenborough reading the New Journal
THE Camden New Journal has been named among the UK’s top six local newspapers ahead of the industry’s most prestigious annual awards.
Judges announced on Thursday that they had shortlisted the New Journal for the “best weekly newspaper” gong for titles with high circulations at the Regional Press Awards. The final announcement will be made at a glittering ceremony next month.
New Journal deputy editor Richard Osley said: “In tough times across the newspaper industry, we are determined to maintain the standards readers have come to expect from us over the years, both in print and online. We believe our work is vital for holding authorities to account.” He added: “This nomination is a tribute to everybody who works at the paper but also to our readers who are loyal and supportive, but also never fail to keep us on our toes.”
The New Journal is one of the country’s last remaining independent titles operating beyond the five large publishing groups which own the majority of local newspapers in the UK. Meanwhile, New Journal journalist William McLennan has been nominated for a “reporter of the year” award after leading our investigation into the fire safety crisis on council estates and helping to save Stoly Jankovic, a health food shop worker in Kentish Town, from deportation.
Samantha Booth, who works for the New Journal’s sister title, the Islington Tribune, has been shortlisted for “young reporter of the year” for her work on the Croydon tram crash at her previous newspaper, the Croydon Advertiser.
Chairman of the judges, Paul Horrocks, said: “The depth and wide-ranging subjects displayed in the entries this year was excellent. Judges spent hours poring over the details, prompting lively debate which reflects the quality and passion of the regional and local press in the UK.”
He added: “As always, it was a difficult but enjoyable task to separate so many outstanding, properly researched entries.”