O2 Media Awards bigger and better for 2015

‘Oscars’ of regional journalism will celebrate quality and originality



The O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber are underway for 2015.


Now in their eighth year the ‘Oscars’ of regional journalism are a celebration of the media’s work across print, television, radio and on-line organisations.


Already the biggest regional media awards in the UK this year’s contest promises to be bigger and better than ever – with new categories celebrating the diversity and originality of the regional press.


As in previous years there is no entry fee for journalists to enter the O2 awards. Winners will be announced at a glittering awards and presentation evening in September 2015.


Deadline for entries is May 20, with work published or broadcast between April 3, 2014 and May 1, 2015 eligible for the individual and team categories.


This year’s new Website of the Year and On-Line Media Awards will reflect innovation and the skills being employed by writers to reach new audiences. O2 has also introduced an additional Broadcast Team of the Year category to celebrate the work of news teams and production teams working across TV and radio.


The Specialist Publication of the Year category, aimed at producers of niche publications and supplements, returns for another year as does the celebration of emerging talent through the Young Journalist of the Year award.


The search to find the region’s top still photographer has been expanded to include moving pictures in a new Images of the Year category which is open to broadcast camera operators and video journalists as well as press photographers.


A total of 19 categories will recognise the most talented and creative people in Yorkshire’s media industry across traditional and digital newsrooms through to specialist writers and those making an outstanding contribution to their community.


The O2 Media Awards have the support of ITV and BBC, the Press Association and leading newspaper publishers. Judges are made up of experts from the media industry and include working journalists, editors and publishers.


Previous winners have included BBC Look North, The Yorkshire Post, Hull Daily Mail, ITV Calendar, BBC Radio Sheffield and the Rotherham Advertiser.


The Yorkshire and the Humber O2 Media Awards are part of a series of regional media contests across the North.


Nicola Green, Director of Communications & Reputation at O2, said the awards continued to celebrate the fantastic work of regional journalists in their communities.


“The awards are a memorable part of the local media calendar and the awards presentation evenings never fail to be both uplifting and emotional. We are excitedly looking ahead to another fabulous competition which acknowledges the diversity, quality and passion of regional journalists,”  Nicola added.


Capita, a UK leader in business process management and outsourcing solutions, will also support this year’s Awards. As a partner of O2, Capita manages  the running of O2’s call centres across the UK  including Customer Service teams at the Arlington Business Park in Leeds.


Bob Buiaroski, Capita O2 Partnership Director, said: “We are delighted to sponsor these awards. There’s no better way of celebrating the hugely important work of regional journalists across Yorkshire and the Humber.”


Journalists will be able to enter the following categories:


  • Website of the Year
  • Community Journalism Award
  • Broadcast Presenter of the Year
  • Feature Writer of the Year
  • Sports Journalist of the Year
  • Images of the Year
  • Young Journalist of the Year
  • Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year
  • TV Journalist of the Year
  • Radio Journalist of the Year
  • News Reporter of the Year
  • Specialist Writer of the Year
  • Scoop of the Year
  • Broadcast Team of the Year
  • Newspaper/Magazine Team of the Year
  • On-line Media Award
  • Specialist Publication of the Year
  • Weekly Newspaper of the Year
  • Daily Newspaper of the Year



Entry forms are available by contacting Rossiter Media on 01829 741371 or by e-mail request to mediaawards@rossitermedia.co.uk



For more information, contact


Mark RossiterRossiter Mediamark@rossitermedia.co.uk

+44 (0)1829 741371


O2 Press Office contacts


t +44 (0)1753565656

e: pressoffice@o2.com


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