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Support for new awards scheme

Three Kent organisations have pledged their support for local journalism by sponsoring a new awards scheme for the county’s media.

Law firm Cripps, East Kent College, and the Port of Dover are all sponsoring categories in the new Kent Press & Broadcast Awards.

Organised by PR and marketing agency, Maxim, the awards will be judged by an independent panel of experts including national journalist, Susie Boniface, known as Fleet Street Fox; Haymarket’s Patrick Fuller; journalist and lecturer, Dr Sarah Lonsdale; and award-winning TV producer, Martyn Gregory.

Susie Boniface

Susie Boniface

Andrew Metcalf, director at Maxim, said: “We want the awards to be a celebration of the Kent media and a positive way to recognise the hard work that goes into providing a local news service.

“We would not be able to do this without the support of our sponsors so we are extremely grateful to the companies that are getting behind the scheme.”

Cripps, a top 100 law firm which has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, Discovery Park and London, is sponsoring the ‘Best use of social media’ category; East Kent College, which now has campuses in Broadstairs, Dover and Folkestone, has chosen to support ‘Kent young journalist of the year’; and the Port of Dover will sponsor the ‘Kent journalist of the year’.

Andrew Metcalf continued: “There is a myth that the local and regional press is dying but actually it is constantly evolving. We have included categories such as ‘Best use of social media’ and ‘Online news service of the year’ to reflect this. While the tabloids often get a bad press, regional journalism provides a vital service to the public and needs our support.”

Entries will be accepted soon with the scheme culminating in an awards ceremony in summer 2015. For more information visit www.kpbawards.co.uk.

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