The not-for-profit award scheme, organised by Kent PR and marketing agency Maxim, is designed to recognise and celebrate local journalism and the media’s commitment to serving local communities.
After being held virtually for two years due to the pandemic, the awards ceremony will return to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury on Friday 15 July and is being hosted by award-winning journalist Ben Brown. Born and bred in Kent, Ben is a familiar face on the BBC News Channel, the BBC One O’Clock News and weekend news bulletins.
Maxim Director Rachel Knight commented: “The judges said they were blown away by the standard of entries considering the difficulties of the past 12 months. There were so many entries from journalists passionate about their communities and telling their stories.
“It’s obviously been a really challenging time so we’re very much looking forward to being able to celebrate the achievements of Kent’s media in person again. That wouldn’t be possible without the support of the KPBA sponsors so we must say a huge thank you to them.”
The judging panel comprises Kiran Bhangal of Sky News Radio; Deputy News Editor of Metro and former Kent Young Journalist of the Year Sian Elvin; 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; digital consultant Patrick Fuller; and journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale.
The 2022 finalists are listed below.
Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Eurotunnel
Kent Columnist of the Year, sponsored by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
Kent Design(er) of the Year
Best Use of Digital Media, sponsored by Discovery Park
Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Broadcast), sponsored by Digitom Video Production Agency
Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Print & Online), 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
Kent Print & Online Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Ashford Designer Outlet
Kent Programme of the Year, sponsored by NIAB
Kent Scoop of the Year, sponsored by Panattoni
The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket
Kent Voices Award, sponsored by BAE Systems
For more information on the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards, visit www.kpbawards.co.uk.
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