The not-for-profit awards, organised by Kent PR and marketing agency Maxim, are designed to recognise and celebrate both regional and local journalism and will culminate in a virtual awards ceremony on Friday 20 November.
Maxim’s Rachel Knight said: “Obviously Covid-19 has changed everything this year, including KPBA. We held off for as long as possible in the hope of holding a physical ceremony but clearly it’s not to be. That said, we were determined to keep the awards on track and the fantastic feedback from finalists has proved that was the right thing to do. It’s obviously been a very difficult year for many in the media industry and it’s been a pleasure to be able to raise some spirits with the announcement of the finalists.
“We couldn’t run KPBA without our sponsors so we are more grateful than ever to those that have been able to support the scheme during such a difficult year. Like most organisations, we are having to make cutbacks but thanks to the sponsors the winners will still receive their trophies and every finalist will get a certificate, as well as a hand delivered goody bag prior to the virtual ceremony.”
The independent judging panel reviewed every entry and met virtually to decide on the finalists. They are Gillian Hargreaves, who spent 25 years with BBC News; Rebecca Smith, former senior editor for Kent Regional News and Media; Leo Whitlock, a former editor at the KM Media Group; Susie Boniface, a national journalist known as Fleet Street Fox; PA photographer Gareth Fuller; digital consultant Patrick Fuller; journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale and lecturer and former national sports journalist Graham Jones.
Rachel continued: “This year the judges wanted to make some changes so we have split the feature category into broadcast and print, which includes online writing. They have also decided on two additional awards – the golden pen and the golden microphone – for those entries that really stood out but perhaps didn’t quite fit into a category. You’ll need to watch until the end of the ceremony to find out who will be the recipients of these special awards.
“The Kent Press & Broadcast Awards is now in its sixth year but we’ve never organised a virtual ceremony before so I hope everyone will bear with us as we do our best to celebrate the local media. We’ll be releasing details of how to watch the ceremony nearer the time.”
The full list of finalists is below:
Best Use of Digital Media, sponsored by Eurotunnel
Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year
Kent Columnist of the Year
Commitment to the Community, sponsored by Saga
Kent Designer of the Year
Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Broadcast), sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Print), sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Kent Magazine of the Year
Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group
Kent News Website of the Year, sponsored by Port of Dover
Kent Newspaper of the Year, sponsored by Southeastern
Kent Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Brachers
Kent Print Journalist of the Year
Kent Programme of the Year, sponsored by Digitom Video Production
The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket
Kent Media Innovation of the Year, sponsored by BAE Systems
To find out more about the Kent Press & Broadcast awards, visit www.kpbawards.co.uk.
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