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The Wales Media Awards 2017 shortlist

We are pleased to announce the
shortlist for the Wales Media Awards 2017. With almost 200 entries submitted
overall, competition was intense, so many congratulations to all!


Business Journalist of the Year
Douglas Friedli, Wales Business Insider
Carole Green, ITV Cymru Wales
Mark Blayney Stuart, Wales Business Insider


Camera Operator of the Year
Lewis Jones, ITV Cymru Wales
Dai Baker, ITN
Jenny Casterton, BBC Cymru Wales


Feature Writer of the Year
Steve Duffy, BBC Cymru Wales
Lucy Ballinger, BBC Cymru Wales
Ruth Mosalski, Media Wales
 

Independent Community News Service of the Year
Whitchurch & Llandaff Living
Rhiwbina Living
Caerphilly Observer


News Photographer of the Year

Gareth Everett, Huw Evans Picture Agency
Craig Colville, NWN Media
Chris Fairweather, Huw Evans Picture Agency


Online News Reporter of the Year
Huw Thomas, BBC Cymru Wales
Sarah Louise Hodgson, Daily Post
Katie Sands, Media Wales


Print News Reporter of the Year

Liz Perkins, South Wales Evening Post
Alex Jones, Cambrian News
Gemma Parry, South Wales Evening Post

 
Radio News Reporter of the Year
David Grundy, BBC Cymru Wales
Aled Dyfed Scourfield, BBC Cymru Wales
Steffan Messenger, BBC Cymru Wales


TV News Reporter of the Year

Andy Davies, ITN/Channel 4
Rob Osborne, ITV Cymru Wales
Jordan Wayne Davies, BBC Cymru Wales

 
News Website of the Year
BBC Cymru Fyw
BBC News, Wales
Wales Online


Daily & Sunday Newspaper of the Year
Western Mail
Daily Post
The Leader, NWN


Weekly Newspaper of the Year

County Times
Cambrian News
Western Telegraph


Political Journalist of the Year
Nick Servini, BBC Cymru Wales
Adrian Masters, ITV Cymru Wales
David Williamson, Media Wales


Radio News & Current Affairs of the Year
Manylu – Materion Cyfoes, BBC Cymru Wales
Sunday Supplement, BBC Cymru Wales
Good Evening Wales, BBC Cymru Wales

 
Scoop of the Year
Sunday Politics Wales, BBC Cymru Wales
Brian Meechan, BBC Cymru Wales
Rob Osborne, ITV Cymru Wales


Sports Journalist of the Year
Dafydd Islwyn Pritchard, BBC Cymru Wales
Fraser Watson, Western Telegraph
Chris Wathan, Media Wales

 
Student Journalist of the Year
Lonai-Ronahi-Hasan, University of South Wales
Omkar Khandekar, Cardiff University
Samantha Josephine Jenkins, University of South Wales

  

TV News & Current Affairs of the Year
Living with Dementia: Chris’ Story, BBC Cymru Wales
Week In Week Out, BBC Cymru Wales
Y Cymry a'r Qu'ran,  ITV Cymru Wales/S4C

 
Young Journalist of the Year
Tyler Ashleigh Mears, Wales Online
Owen Evans, Flintshire Leader
Siôn Jenkins, ITV Cymru Wales

 

The Awards will be presented at a prestigious black tie Ceremony hosted by broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan at the Mercure Holland House Hotel,  Cardiff on 31 March 2017.

The evening is the major Welsh fundraiser for the Journalists’ Charity, which supports working and retired journalists in urgent need with advice, grants and other forms of financial assistance, and will include a sparkling wine reception, three course meal, the presentation of the Awards, and plenty of opportunity for socialising and networking with media colleagues from around Wales with a late bar until 1.00am.  Following the awards’ ceremony a “fun” casino will offer roulette and blackjack tables and the chance to win some great prizes, while supporting the Journalists’ Charity.  

We hope very much you will join us with your friends and colleagues for a night to celebrate high quality journalism in Wales.  

Tickets to include drinks reception and three course dinner are just £80 each - tables of 10 are available at £780 (Booking fees apply in addition). Entrants shortlisted for the Independent Community News Service and Student Journalist categories ONLY qualify for ONE ticket per entry at the reduced rate of £50. (Booking fees apply in addition).

 To book your tickets, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-wales-media-awards-2017-tickets-31800001661

 We look forward to seeing you.


The Wales Media Awards 2016



The Wales Media Awards categories and their sponsors are:


Business Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Welsh Government
Newspaper of the Year (Daily/Sunday)
Sponsor: Western Power Distribution
Camera Operator of the Year
Sponsor: Celf
Newspaper of the Year (Weekly)
Sponsor: Western Power Distribution
Independent Community News Service of the Year
Sponsor: Mercure and M Gallery Hotels UK
Political Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Freshwater 
Feature Writer of the Year
Sponsor: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Radio News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Sponsor: Camelot
News Photographer of the Year
Sponsor: Specialist Models
Scoop of the Year
Sponsor: The Journalists' Charity
News Reporter of the Year (Online)
Sponsor: Comtek
Sports Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Cleartech Live
News Reporter of the Year (Print)
Sponsor: Comtek
Student Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: NUJ 
News Reporter of the Year (Radio)
Sponsor: Comtek
TV News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Sponsor: Camelot
News Reporter of the Year (TV)
Sponsor: Comtek
Young Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Aston Martin
News Website of the Year
Sponsor: Spencer David


Awards will also be made by the judges for Journalist of the Year and for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, and cannot be entered.


Awards open for entries
 5 October 2016
Closing date for entries
5pm on Friday 11 November 2016
Eligible work
Anything published or broadcast between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016
Shortlists
To be announced in February 2017
Eligible work – students only
Anything published or broadcast between 1 March 2015 and 31 July 2016
Awards Evening Tickets
Available February 2017

Gala Awards Evening
Friday 31 March, 2017, Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

 

What they said about the 2016 Awards…

Wales can be proud of its brilliant journalists and robust, ethical journalism is a force for good. Every day journalists in Wales represent the interests of citizens and reveal stories that are in the public interest. These awards give us an opportunity to celebrate the work of stars and unsung heroes.

Jonathan Grun, chair of judges

Click here to hear Jonathan talking about the Awards and what judges will be looking for.

 

It was an incredibly proud night for me and the Cambrian News. To win as a reporter for a weekly newspaper competing against journalists from national and daily publications across the country was an honour I never thought I would receive.

I know there are many talented journalists across Wales who serve their communities, both large and small, with just as much passion, pride, and dedication. I would encourage those journalists who are rightly proud of the work they produce to enter the Wales Media Awards 2017.

Chris Betteley, reporter, Cambrian News
Print News Reporter of the Year, Political Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year 2016

 

Richard Gurner
Editor, Caerphilly Observer

Independent Community News Service of the Year 2015 and 2016 and Scoop of the Year 2015.

Click here to hear Richard talking about what the Observer winning the Awards meant to him.

 

 

The awards were a wonderful evening, spent in the company of so many great journalists from across Wales. And having handed out so many awards over the years, it was a great feeling to actually win something myself for a change!

As a profession we can be cynical, and rightly so at times, but these awards are all about celebrating the very best in our great industry. But you 'have to be in it to win it', so get your nominations in now for the 2017 Awards.

Sion Barry, Business Editor, Western Mail
Business Journalist of the Year 2016

For details on each category and their criteria, please click here.
Entries can be only be submitted from this website – please click here to enter.
Good luck!

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