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The entries are all in – in record-breaking numbers across the sports writing, sports photography and sports broadcasting categories – the judges are all briefed and busy, the menu agreed and  the dining room at one of London’s most prestigious venues  booked. Yes, it’s time for the British Sports Journalism Awards

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The Sports Journalists’ Association gala night, sponsored by BT Sport, is at the Lancaster London, on Monday, February 22 – and there’s a special connection with the Journalists’ Charity.

The shortlisted entries will be published on the SJA website, category by category, from January 27.

Ticket prices include a drinks reception and exhibition of the leading entries in the photography categories, a three-course meal (and half-bottle of wine per person), a terrific opportunity to meet friends old and new, all compered by Jim Rosenthal, and a hotel bar which will be open until 1.30am.

The chosen cause this year is the Journalists’ Charity, and there will be fund-raising activity during the evening, with special prizes for a few lucky winners, too.

Tickets for the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards dinner 

SJA Member: £72 Inc VAT

SJA Members First Guest: £108 Inc VAT

Non-Member: £144 Inc VAT

Table of 10: £1440 Inc VAT

For more information, and to make your booking, click here

The Home Secretary, Theresa May addressing the Embassy of Ireland reception

The Home Secretary, Theresa May

Two pressing concerns for journalists were addressed head on by the Home Secretary, Mrs Theresa May, in a speech at the Journalists’ Charity’s annual reception at the Embassy of Ireland in London.

She gave an assurance that action was being taken to guard against the identification of journalists’ sources, and that there would be new safeguards on the length of time accused people could be held on pre-trial bail without charge.

Mrs May, welcomed by the Ambassador of Ireland Mr Dan Mulhall, complimented the charity on all the work it did to look after journalists who had fallen on hard times or were in need of help.

The Ambassador Dan Mulhall addressing a pack room

The Ambassador of Ireland, Mr Dan Mulhall addressing a packed room

MPs at Westminster recognised the problem, and the House of Commons shared the concept of helping colleagues in distress, “but we just call it the House of Lords”.

She raised another laugh when describing how gripped she had been by Sunday television viewing on the BBC, “watching all those characters in War and Peace coming out in support of Mother Russia, and not least of all, Andrew Marr interviewing the Labour leader”.

In emphasising the government’s commitment to preserving the freedom of the press, she said ministers acknowledged the concerns of journalists regarding the access to data by the Police, and the fears that this might lead to the identification of journalists’ sources.

Sometimes the Police had to have access, but there had been concerns that the Police had been “a little over zealous” in some of their applications.

Recommendations were made last year by Sir Anthony May, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, and the government would introduce a statutory code of practice. It would be clear in statute that if access to data led to the identification of a journalist’s sources that authority had to be given by a judge, and there would need to be a clear of public interest for that to be possible.

The Home Secretary also recognised that journalists had been among those who had challenged the government on the length of pre-trial bail without charge. The Police needed time to investigate, but it could not be right that people had been on pre-trial bail “not just for months, but sometimes years without being charged, and their life put on hold”.

Sue Ryan, Journalists' Charity Chair, The Home Secretary and The Ambasssador of Ireland

Sue Ryan, Journalists’ Charity Chair, The Home Secretary and The Ambasssador of Ireland

There would be consultations with the Police, but in the first instance pre-charge bail would be limited to 28 days, but in exceptional cases where charges had not been laid the case would have to go before a judge for judicial oversight.

Mrs May expressed her admiration for the scope of the Journalists’ Charity’s work, and especially its sheltered housing and care home at Dorking. She singled out for praise Marhita Wearing, who at the age of 85, published Trio, the monthly newspaper for the Dorking residents, and the late Betty Titmuss, who was still writing a local newspaper column when she died at the age of 81.

“That desire to search out a story, that desire to entertain, and to fulfil that role with integrity, underpins our free society, and the government is committed to preserving and protecting a free press.”

In her thanks to the Embassy and Home Secretary, the chair of the charity’s trustees Sue Ryan, congratulated Mrs May for being on top form, and for helping to give the annual reception such a buzz.

On arrival at the embassy (20.1.2016), Mrs May had been welcomed by the Ambassador and his wife, Mrs Greta Mulhall, and several journalists noted that the Home Secretary was not wearing her trade mark kitten heels, but boots decorated with diamante heels, which one observant fashion reporter said were the kind worn by the Spice Girls.

The presence of leading politicians at the reception was appreciated by the charity, said Ms Ryan, and Mrs May’s speech had kept up that great tradition. “The Home Secretary always plays it straight, she is always on top of her brief, and when it comes to issues like the snoopers’ charter, she could not have explained it better.”

In opening the proceedings, Mr Mulhall reminded the Home Secretary that the last time she visited the embassy was just over a year ago, to sign a joint UK-Irish visa scheme so that people travelling from China and India could apply to a British or Irish high commission or embassy to get a visa to travel to both countries.

“We jointly issue visas to people to come to these islands and you, Home Secretary, were instrumental in that with our justice minister, a powerful illustration of the new climate of relations between our two countries.”

Given the speculation about the Home Secretary’s position on a possible referendum on UK membership of the European Union, the ambassador steered clear of Westminster politics, but stressed that the Irish people had a genuine hope that the UK would decide to remain in the EU, “whenever the referendum takes place”.

“I say that as a friendly neighbour. Our view is that EU membership is very beneficial for British-Irish relations.”

Mr Mulhall said the Taoiseach had played a helpful role in supporting the request of David Cameron for a reform agenda to enable Britain to remain in the EU.

He admitted he had a personal reason for hoping Britain would not leave the EU. Before becoming ambassador, he had been a press officer for eight years for the Irish government, dealing with journalists in Brussels and Dublin, and that helped explain why he was always delighted to host the Journalists’ Charity’s reception.

“The Irish will continue to be supportive of the British case, and we do hope that you will remain in the EU … otherwise for me, it may be having to host receptions for journalists’ charities in Brussels or Berlin, rather than London.”

Mr Mulhall looked ahead to the centenary commemorations this year for the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, at start of the struggle for Irish independence, and the Battle of Somme, in which so many Irish people fought and died.

“Although the two events changed the course of history, we can view them now with a different set of responses, no longer worried by the friction of the past, and we can do so within a relationship that has never been better, another step on the path to reconciliation.”

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Nicholas Jones 21.1.2016

Pictures by Glyn Genin

Tha Ambassador, Mrs Greta Mulhall and The Home Secretary - January 20, 2016

Tha Ambassador, Mrs Greta Mulhall and The Home Secretary – January 20, 2016

Sue Ryan, Journalists' Charity Chair, The Home Secretary and The Ambasssador of Ireland

Sue Ryan, Journalists’ Charity Chair, The Home Secretary and The Ambasssador of Ireland

The finalists for the 2016 Wales Media Awards have been announced.

To book a place at the award ceremony: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-wales-media-awards-2016-tickets-19688250086

A team of more than 30 independent judges worked their way through almost 240 entries in 19 categories from individual print, online, radio and television journalists and from newspapers, web outlets and broadcasters to make their selection.

Finalists for the Awards are:

News Photographer of the Year

Adrian White, South West Wales Media

Chris Fairweather, Huw Evans Picture Agency

Rob Browne, Media Wales

Camera Operator of the Year

Dai Baker, Channel 4 News

Jenny Casterton, BBC Cymru Wales

Mark Doleman, ITV Cymru Wales

Radio News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year

BBC Cymru Wales, Manylu

BBC Cymru Wales, Post Cyntaf

BBC Cymru Wales, Wales at Work

TV News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year

BBC Cymru Wales, The Last Tour

ITV Cymru Wales, Love Hurts

BBC Cymru Wales, 13 Years A Slave; Darrell’s Story

Independent Community News Service of the Year

Aberystwyth EGO

Caerphilly Observer

MyWelshpool & MyNewtown

News Website of the Year

BBC Wales Cymru Fyw

South Wales Argus

WalesOnline

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Cambrian News

Carmarthen Journal

Powys County Times

Daily and Sunday Newspaper of the Year

Daily Post

South Wales Evening Post

Western Mail

Student Journalist of the Year

Aimee Louise, Thomas University of South Wales

Caleb Spencer, The Cardiffian

Inge-Helene Pello, Cardiff University

Young Journalist of the Year

Katie Sands, Media Wales

Thomas Davidson, Daily Post

Tyler Mears, Media Wales

Sports Journalist of the Year

Carolyn Hitt, Media Wales

Paul Abbandonato, Media Wales

Simon Thomas, Media Wales

Feature Writer of the Year

Abbie Wightwick, Media Wales

Carolyn Hitt, Media Wales

Elin Llwyd Morgan, Cylchgrawn Barn

Business Journalist of the Year

Brian Meechan, BBC Cymru Wales

Iolo ap Dafydd, BBC Cymru Wales

Sion Barry, Media Wales

Political Journalist of the Year

Catrin Haf Jones, ITV Cymru Wales

Chris Betteley, Cambrian News

Rachel Flint, Daily Post

Online News Reporter of the Year

Cathy Owen, Media Wales

Steffan Storch, South West Wales Media

Tyler Mears, Media Wales

Radio News Reporter of the Year

Brendon Williams, BBC Cymru Wales

David Grundy, BBC Cymru Wales

Iolo ap Dafydd, BBC Cymru Wales

TV News Reporter of the Year

Caroline Evans, BBC Cymru Wales

Iolo ap Dafydd, BBC Cymru Wales

Owain Clarke, BBC Cymru Wales

Print News Reporter of the Year

Chris Betteley, Cambrian News

Geraint Thomas, South West Wales Media

Guto Llewelyn, South West Wales Media

Scoop of the Year

Week In Week Out

Bellis Media North Wales

Daily Post

 

The winners of each category will be announced on the night, along with the winners of the Journalist of the Year and Outstanding Contribution Awards.

The Awards will be presented by the Charity’s president in Wales, Huw Edwards, at a prestigious Awards Ceremony in Cardiff on 4 March next year sponsored by the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

The Wales Media Awards are organised with the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners including lead sponsor Comtek, a North Wales based company which provides repairs, spares and support to the telecoms, datacoms, and network service industry.

Category sponsors are Cardiff Metropolitan University (Feature Writer); Effective Communication (News website); Glyndwr University (Young Journalist); NUJ Training (Scoop of the Year); Welsh Government (Business Reporter) and Western Power Distribution (Weekly & Daily Newspaper).

Further support has come from Celf Design, Cleartech Live, Daily Post, Natasha Hirst Photography, Orchard Entertainment and Wales Online.

 

The Journalists’ Charity is the leading charity for all journalists in need. It was founded in 1864 by a group of journalists, including Charles Dickens, and is the only charity run by journalists. As well as operating a number of residential care homes in Dorking, Surrey, for journalists and their dependants from England and Wales, the charity provides financial assistance to those finding it difficult to cope for a variety of reasons.

 

 

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Kath Viner, Alex Brummer, Mishal Husain, Bryony Gordon

Accomplished line-up of readers brought Christmas story to life at journalists’ carol service

Mishal Husain

Mishal Husain

With the clarity and pace that was only to be expected from a BBC news reader and presenter, Mishal Husain brought to life Joseph Brodsky’s Christmas Star in her reading at the Journalists’ Charity’s annual carol service at St Bride’s, Fleet Street.

The magic of Twas the Night Before Christmas was captured by the gutsy, characterful narration of Bryony Gordon, columnist and interviewer for Telegraph newspapers.

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Bryony gordon

Their readings were among the highlights of a service that ended with applause for the St Bride’s choir from a packed congregation, and was followed by glasses of wine and mince pies provided the sponsors Luther Pendragon.

Also in a powerful line-up of readers were two editors-in-chief, Katharine Viner (The Guardian) and Tony Gallagher (The Sun), and Alex Brummer, city editor at the Daily Mail.

Kath Viner

Kath Viner

Alex Brummer

Alex Brummer

Tony Gallagher

Tony Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her welcome, Beany McLean, director at Luther Pendragon, said their communications consultancy, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year, was proud to organise such a great annual event in aid of the leading charity for journalists. She hoped there would be some generous donations.

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Beany McLean

“We know that journalists often get criticised, but a thriving news media is good for society, and we recognise that some journalists do fall on hard times.”

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St Bride’s choir

Her appeal was echoed by the Rector, the Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce, who said it was a great privilege for St Bride’s to host such a popular carol service.

Sue Ryan, chair of the Journalists’ Charity, thanked St Bride’s and Luther Pendragon for once again arranging an event that was so special in the charity’s calendar.

“It may be a long time since any of us worked here, but Fleet Street remains our spiritual home. And St Bride’s will always be the journalists’ church.”

She wondered whether the founders of the original Newspaper Press Fund ever thought their charity would still be going strong 150 years later. “Though as the man who gave us A Christmas Carol had a hand in shaping what we do today, perhaps we should not be so surprised.”

Ms Ryan insisted that while Fleet Street might have grown into the most competitive media industry in the world, it remained a family.

“Like all families we might bicker, argue and compete, but we also care. And when the chips are down, we are there for each other. Which is why the Journalists’ Charity has survived for so long.

Sue Ryan

Sue Ryan

“We are a community of very different individuals, but we share a DNA. And the reason there are so many of us in this church tonight is that we love to come together. Journalists enjoy the company of other journalists.”

She recalled that when the NPF was founded there was no such thing as a pension for newspaper workers. It became a lifeline for those who asked for help, and that remained the case today.

“Ours is a trade full of mavericks, gamblers, workaholics – even alcoholics – and it is in our nature to take risks. For some there is a slow descent into chaos, for others life can change dramatically overnight because of an accident, illness, unemployment, or a bereavement. And sometimes the dice just rolls the wrong way.”

Ms Ryan said that like many other charities seeking to raise funds in difficult financial times, the Journalists’ Charity had taken “a good hard look” at its work and expenditure in order to make sure “we are in the best position to carry on for the next 150 years”.

She thanked Associated Newspapers, the Telegraph Media Group, Trinity Mirror and News UK for funding a comprehensive survey of the charity’s operations within the context of the current care industry.

“We are fortunate this year in that the Printing Charity, whose coffers are much deeper than ours, have agreed to pay half of nearly all of our grants. So we are in a position to give more grants to those in need. It’s a message we need to spread.”

Ms Ryan appealed for the help of the wider journalistic community. “We ask you, at a time when compassion is high on the agenda, to be vigilant on behalf of those in need. So often when people do come to us, their situation is desperate.

“It would have been so much better for them practically and their mental health, if they had been referred to us earlier. Most journalists are proud and slow to seek help, so if there are former colleagues that you know of, who are struggling, then tell them to get in touch. We are there to help.

“And it’s not always a financial need. We have spare places in our nursing home where the care is exceptional. They are open to your relatives.”

Nicholas Jones, 22.12.2015

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The Wales Media Awards 2016

Date: Friday 4 March 2016

Venue: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

Website: www.walesmediaawards.co.uk

Contact the organiser email: wma2016@spencerdavid.co.uk

You are warmly invited to attend this year’s Wales Media Awards, hosted by broadcaster Huw Edwards at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on 4 March 2016.

The prestigious black tie Awards Ceremony evening will include a champagne reception, the presentation of the Awards, entertainment, a late bar and a DJ, so why not come with your partner?

Tables are available at £800 each, or single places at £85 each (Booking fees apply).

If you’ve been shortlisted, your £85 ticket entitles you to places for two people, so bring your partner or a colleague and make a night of it!

BOOK: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-wales-media-awards-2016-tickets-19688250086

The Wales Media Awards are organised by Spencer David with the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners on behalf of the Journalists’ Charity in Wales, the leading charity for all journalists in need, which helps them and their dependants with advice, grants and other forms of financial assistance.

Overnight accommodation

Mercure Holland House Hotel is offering special rates for overnight accommodation on Friday and Saturday night, so why not make a real occasion of it?

Friday Night only: £105 bed and breakfast single occupancy, £115 bed and breakfast double occupancy

Friday and Saturday nights booked together: £230 bed and breakfast single occupancy, £250 bed and breakfast double occupancy

Hotel bookings need to be made by 4 February 2015, and may be cancelled up until this date without penalty. Any hotel bookings made after this date are non-refundable. For full details or to book accommodation, please contact the hotel on 02920 435 062 and quote Reference 41988758.

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Gwobrau Cyfryngau Cymru 2016

Dyddiad: Dydd Gwener 4 Mawrth 2016

Lleoliad: Gwesty Mercure Holland House, Caerdydd

Gwefan: www.walesmediaawards.co.uk

Cysylltwch â’r trefnydd, ebost: wma2016@spencerdavid.co.uk

Fe’ch gwahoddir yn gynnes i fynychu Gwobrau Cyfryngau Cymru eleni, a gyflwynir gan y darlledwr Huw Edwards iyn Nghaerdydd ar 4 Mawrth 2016

Bydd y Seremoni Wobrwyo tei du o fri yn cynnwys derbyniad siampên, cyflwyno’r Gwobrau, adloniant, bar hwyr a throellwr disgiau, felly beth am ddod gyda’ch cymar?

Mae byrddau ar gael am £800 yr un, neu lefydd unigol am £85 yr un (Ffioedd archebu mewn grym).

Os byddwch ar y rhestr fer, fe gewch docyn i ddau o bobl am £85, felly dewch á’ch cymar neu gydweithiwr a gwneud noson ohoni!

BOOK: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-wales-media-awards-2016-tickets-19688250086

Trefnir Gwobrau Cyfryngau Cymru gan Spencer David gyda chefnogaeth hael ystod o noddwyr a phartneriaid ar ran Elusen y Newyddiadurwyr yng Nghymru, y brif elusen ar gyfer pob newyddiadurwr mewn angen, sy’n eu helpu nhw a’u dibynyddion gyda chyngor, grantiau a mathau eraill o gymorth ariannol.

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Mae gwesty Mercure Holland House yn cynnig prisiau arbennig ar gyfer llety dros nos ar y nos Wener a’r nos Sadwrn, felly beth am wneud achlysur arbennig ohoni?

Nos Wener yn unig: £105 gwely a brecwast i un, £115 gwely a brecwast i ddau

Nos Wener a nos Sadwrn wedi’u harchebu gyda’i gilydd: £230 gwely a brecwast i un, £250 gwely a brecwast i ddau

Mae angen archebu lle yn y gwesty erbyn 4 Chwefror 2015, a gellir canslo yn ddi-dâl hyd at y dyddiad yma. Ni cheir arian yn ôl am unrhyw archeb a wneir ar ôl y dyddiad yma. Am fanylion llawn neu i archebu, cysylltwch â’r gwesty ar 02920 435 062 gan ddyfynnu’r cyfeirnod 41988758.

For the fifth year Gorkana have generously agreed to sponsor the charity’s special award to the National Press Awards taking place on March 22 at the Hilton Park Lane  –  we greatly appreciate their continued support

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Gorkana Logo

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Derek Inman (Midlands Chairman, right) and Gerry Armes (District President, centre) presenting a cheque at the Greyhound Evening to Charity Director David Ilott  for £22,000 raised in the Midlands in 2015.

The West Midlands’ district raised more than £4,000 at their annual “Greyhound Night” at Hall Green Stadium on 21st November   The district has been holding these race nights for 38 years, making it one of the longest-running fund raisers in the Midlands.

The race meeting was sponsored again by Heineken, who have been supporting the charity for many years. Money was also raised by individual race sponsorship from the Sun, the Daily Telegraph, The Birmingham Mail, ITV Central, Racing Post, William Hill, Sky Sports and the Greyhound Racing Association.

West Midlands branch chairman Derek Inman said: “The greyhound evening is always great fun and, as well as raising additional money, it is a way of keeping contact with our regular supporters. We have been running this event with the Greyhound Racing Association since 1979 and it is still proving as popular as ever.”

In October,  the Midlands District raised nearly £18,000 at their annual celebrity lunch with Robert Peston and combined with the money raised from the greyhound night managed to hand over £22,000 to the charity this year.

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A team of more than 30 judges are starting to sift through almost 240 entries to the Wales Media Awards 2016 www.walesmediaawards.co.uk to find the best of Welsh journalism.

The huge number of submissions for the 19 categories from individual print, online, radio and television journalists and from newspapers, web outlets and broadcasters is double the response to the inaugural awards last year.

Chair of judges Jonathan Grun, Emeritus editor at the Press Association, is now working with Awards organisers Spencer David to co-ordinate the work of judges drawn from the highest echelons of journalism in the UK to shortlist the best entries.  “This represents a phenomenal response and is evidence of the vibrancy of journalism in Wales,” he said. “It also suggests that, as the Journalists’ Charity has always maintained, the profession in Wales is crying out to be able to showcase their work.”

The Awards are open to print, broadcast and online journalists, photographers and camera operators working across Wales in news, business, features, politics and sport, plus there are categories recognising community and student  journalism. Awards will also be made by the judges for Journalist of the Year and for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.

They will be presented by the Charity’s president in Wales, Huw Edwards, at a prestigious Awards Ceremony in Cardiff on 4 March next year sponsored by the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.Huw Edwards

The Wales Media Awards are organised with the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners including lead sponsor Comtek, a North Wales based company which provides repairs, spares and support to the telecoms, datacoms, and network service industry.

Category sponsors are Cardiff Metropolitan University (Feature Writer); Effective Communication (News website); Glyndwr University (Young Journalist); NUJ Training (Scoop of the Year); Welsh Government (Business Reporter) and Western Power Distribution (Weekly & Daily Newspaper).

Further support has come from Celf Design, Cleartech Live, Daily Post, Natasha Hirst Photography, Orchard Entertainment and Wales Online.

The Wales Media Awards are organised by Spencer David with the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners including lead sponsor Comtek, a North Wales based company which provides repairs, spares and support to the telecoms, datacoms, and network service industry.

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When: Saturday March 5th, 2016

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Tickets: Table of 10 is £550 to include a three course meal and half a bottle of wine per person

Champagne reception 7pm. Dinner 7.30pm. Carriages 1pm. Black Tie. Entertainment by Amplifive

To book:  Please contact Margaret Morrison

Phone: 0141 302 7005

Emailmargaret.morrison@heraldandtimes.co.uk

Past winners and sponsors have come together to officially launch the second Wales Media Awards in Cardiff and Wrexham.

Richard Gurner from the Caerphilly Observer, last year’s winner of Scoop of the Year, Sally Williams of the Western Mail, who won Digital Reporter of the Year, and the winner of the Outstanding Contribution award, Derek Bellis, who set up one of Wales’ leading media agencies, joined Journalists’ Charity Chairman in Wales, Tim Rogers, at the events to encourage entries.

Their words were echoed in a specially-recorded video message from the Charity’s president in Wales, Huw Edwards, who will also host a prestigious Awards Ceremony next year.

Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards

The launch events were hosted by Awards sponsors Glyndwr University, Wrexham and Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, where the gala black tie Ceremony will be held on 4 March.

Entries are already coming in for the free-to-enter Awards, which were set up last year by the Journalists’ Charity to celebrate and promote great journalism with a Welsh angle.

They are open to print, broadcast and online journalists, photographers and camera operators working across Wales in news, business, features, politics and sport, plus there are categories recognising community and student  journalism. Awards will also be made by the judges for Journalist of the Year and for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.

Eligible work is anything published or broadcast between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015 (between 1 March 2014 and 31 July 2015 for students) and entries should be made online at www.walesmediaawards.co.uk before 5pm on Monday 9 November 2015.

The Wales Media Awards are organised by Spencer David with the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners including lead sponsor Comtek, a North Wales based company which provides repairs, spares and support to the telecoms, datacoms, and network service industry.ComtekLogo.jpgwelsh awards


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