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Finalists announced for Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2019

May, 2019

The finalists for 2019’s Kent Press & Broadcast Awards (KPBA) have been chosen in categories covering everything from print to digital media, broadcast, features and media innovation.

The not-for-profit scheme, organised by Kent PR and marketing agency Maxim, is designed to recognise and celebrate both regional and local journalism and will culminate in an awards ceremony held on Friday 12 July. 

This year KPBA received 149 entries across 15 categories, the most in its five-year history. 

Maxim’s Rachel Knight said: “In consultation with the judges, we’ve changed a few categories this year so they better reflect the day-to-day work that takes place in Kent’s newsrooms. As ever, the entrants proved that journalists love a deadline with more than half of them leaving it until the last few hours to submit their entries. We were really pleased to see so many people entering for the first time, proving local media in Kent is thriving.”   

This year’s awards ceremony, which is being held at The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, Canterbury, will be hosted by award-winning journalist Nina Hossain who presents the ITV Lunchtime News, is the main anchor for ITV News London and also presents News at Ten.

For 2019, a new judge joined the independent panel that reviews every entry. Graham Jones is a former national sports journalist, and now works as a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, specialising in online journalism, and as a sessional sports journalism lecturer at the University of East London.

He joins Gillian Hargreaves, who spent 25 years with BBC News; Rebecca Smith, former senior editor for Kent Regional News and Media; Leo Whitlock, a local newspaper journalist for more than 20 years, much of which was spent at the KM Media Group; Susie Boniface, a national journalist known as Fleet Street Fox; PA photographer Gareth Fuller; digital consultant Patrick Fuller; and journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale.

The full list of finalists are below:

Best Use of Digital Media, sponsored by Eurotunnel 

  • ‘cene magazine
  • KentOnline
  • Lauren MacDougall, Kent Live
  • Stuart Maisner, BBC South East

Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Westwood Cross Shopping Centre 

  • Colin Campbell, BBC South East
  • Lauren Moss, BBC South East
  • Louisa Britton, KMTV
  • Poppy Jeffery, KMTV 

Kent Columnist of the Year, sponsored by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce 

  • Chris Hunter, Gravesend and Dartford Messengers
  • Ed McConnell, Medway, Gravesend and Dartford Messengers
  • Nikki White, Medway Messenger
  • Rachel Dixon, Medway Messenger 

Commitment to the Community, sponsored by Saga 

  • Hythe Life
  • John Nurden, Sheerness Times Guardian
  • Kent Messenger
  • Thanet Extra – Thanet Community Awards 

Kent Design(er) of the Year, sponsored by The Historic Dockyard Chatham 

  • Bygone Kent
  • 'cene magazine
  • Dave Hobday, Folkestone & Hythe Express / Gravesend Messenger
  • Mark Eastham, Kent Messenger / Kentish Gazette / What’s On 

Kent Feature Journalist of the Year, sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson 

  • Ben Ashton, Kent Live
  • Derek Johnson, ITV Meridian
  • Marijke Hall, Kentish Gazette Series
  • Sam Supple, BBC South East

Kent Magazine of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach South East 

  • Bygone Kent
  • 'cene magazine
  • Isle Magazine
  • Sevenoaks Sports

 Kent Media Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Port of Dover 

  • ITV Meridian
  • Kent Live
  • kmfm news
  • KMTV 

 Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group

  • Katie Boyden, Kent Live
  • Phil Wellbrook, KMTV
  • Sean Doherty, Kent Live
  • Will Rider, Kent & Sussex Courier 

 Kent News Website of the Year, sponsored by LKM Recycling 

  • Kent Live
  • KentOnline
  • The Isle of Thanet News 

Kent Newspaper of the Year, sponsored by Southeastern 

  • Kentish Gazette
  • Kent Messenger
  • Medway Messenger
  • The Isle of Thanet News 

Kent Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Brachers  

  • Daisy Watson, ‘cene magazine
  • Frank Leppard, Kent Live / Isle of Thanet Gazette
  • John Horton, The Isle of Thanet News
  • Matthew Walker, freelance

 Kent Print Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Benenden Hospital Trust 

  • Amy Nickalls, Medway Messenger
  • Chloe Holmwood, Sheerness Times Guardian / Sittingbourne News Extra
  • Katie Boyden, Isle of Thanet Gazette
  • Sean Axtell, Kentish Express / Folkestone & Hythe Express

 Kent Programme of the Year, sponsored by Digitom Video Production

  • BBC South East Today
  • Kent Cooks (KMTV)
  • KM Football Podcast
  • ITV News Meridian 

 The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket

  • Ben Watts, BBC Radio Kent
  • Juliette Parkin, BBC South East
  • Stephen Page, Kent & Sussex Courier / Kent Live
  • Steve Tervet, Gravesend Messenger

To find out more about the Kent Press & Broadcast awards, visit For live results from the ceremony, follow #KPBA on Twitter. 

Some of the 2019 finalists celebrating their shortlisting.

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