Six in the Running for 'Newspaper of the Year' Title at British Press Awards

Six newspapers – including the independent's 'bite-size' sister, the i – have been shortlisted for the title 'Newspaper of the Year' at this year's British Press Awards.

The announcement follows the first tranche of nominees which last week saw, Scots journalists, Melanie Ried, of The Times, and Gordon Smart, of The Sun, named among the contenders.

The awards ceremony is taking place on the 20th of next month and the latest tranche of nominations were announed an hour ago.

The awards are being run by the Society of Editors.

The full list of shortlisted entries can be found here.

In a statement announcing this, the last set of nominees, chair of the judges, Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, is quoted as saying: “Those who dismiss 2011 as less than a good year for the newspaper industry should take heed of the awards judges. They know from hours of reading and deliberations over entries that British national newspaper readers are still served by the world’s most vibrant and diverse press. Despite unprecedented attention and negative comment the papers and their journalists produced many terrific stories that informed and entertained, playing a vital role in our democracy.

“Panels of independent judges and those nominated by their newspapers have pored over more than 650 entries to produce the shortlists. They have had the privilege of seeing and reading a mountain of brilliant journalism.”

This shortlist reads:

News Team:

Daily Mail

The Daily Telegraph

The Times

Sports Team:

The Daily Telegraph

The Sunday Times

The Times

Business and Finance Team:

The Daily Telegraph

The Sunday Times

The Times

Production and Design Team:

i

The Sunday Times

The Times

Front Page of the Year:

Rule of the mob – The Daily Telegraph

The scandal that closed the News of the World – The Guardian

Mob rule – The Independent

Scoop of the Year:

Cheating the system: how examiners tip off teachers – The Daily Telegraph

Milly Dowler phone hacked – The Guardian

Top minister quizzed over driving ban – The Sunday Times

Newspaper of the Year:

Daily Mail

i

The Daily Telegraph

The Guardian

The Sunday Times

The Times