32 local newspaper campaigns which have made a difference over the last year

Some 32 local newspaper campaigns have been put forward to a public vote by the News Media Association to have a chance of winning its Making a Difference Award.

Shortlisted campaigns include the Birmingham Mail’s campaign to highlight child sex exploitation in the West Midlands, the Cumberland News’s successful opposition to proposed £26 million cuts to police funding and the Oxford Mail’s drive to stop Freedom of Information laws from being watered down. 

The winner will be announced by News Media Association chairman Ashley Highfield at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards on 20 May.

Full shortlist:

  • Archant Investigations Unit        Contaminated Blood Scandal
  • Birmingham Mail                             Child Sex Exploitation in Birmingham
  • Birmingham Post                             BBC Midlands investment
  • Camden New Journal                    Pay Up Now
  • Daily Post                                            #savebetsibabies
  • Derby Telegraph                              Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal
  • Dundee Evening Telegraph         Bald is Beautiful
  • Eastern Daily Press                         Mental Health Watch
  • Evening Express                               Save the Bon Accord Baths
  • Express and Star                               Ladder for the Black Country
  • Glamorgan Gazette                         Yule Love Bridgend
  • Hereford Times                                One in Eight
  • Hull Daily Mail                                 Kids in Crisis
  • North West Evening Mail             Healthy Young Minds
  • Oxford Mail                                        Public Defibrillators Campaign
  • Oxford Mail                                        FOI: Your Right to Know
  • Oxford Mail                                        Lonely this Christmas
  • Salisbury Journal                             Salisbury Airfield
  • South Wales Echo                            Cardiff United Against Cancer
  • Southern Daily Echo                       Dumped Dogs: Find the Culprit
  • Stourbridge News                           Well of Life Appeal
  • Sunday Post                                       Who Cares?
  • Telegraph and Argus                      Stop the Danger Drivers
  • The Argus                                            Save our Centres
  • The Courier                                        Frank’s Law
  • The Cumberland News                 Spirit of Cumbria
  • The Cumberland News                 Fight the Cuts
  • The Press and Journal                    Apprentice 100
  • The Press and Journal                    Energy 2050
  • The Sentinel                                      Our Big Read
  • The Westmorland Gazette          Give Robbie Room
  • Yorkshire Post                                   Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic.

More information from the NMA here

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