Behind Local News today announces plans for the first Women In Local News Awards, as
part of celebrations for International Women’s Day.

The awards have been set up with support from publishers and trade organisations, to celebrate the impact women have had in local (often virtual) newsrooms over the last 12 months.

We hope the awards will also be a little different – with a range of categories not normally seen at journalism awards, and with nominations open for both self-nomination and nomination by colleagues.

Shortlists will be published in early May by a panel of independent judges, followed by winners announced on Behind Local News at the end of May.

As well as specific categories, there will be an overall Journalist of the Year award, picked by judges from shortlisted entries, which has been kindly sponsored by Women in Journalism, along with a £500 cash prize.

Nominations and entries will be free. Details on each category and how to enter  HERE 

Alison Phillips, chair of the Women In Journalism organisation, said: “Women In Journalism
is delighted to sponsor these awards. “Local and regional journalism is the bedrock of all journalism in this country and we are committed to supporting it flourish in any way we can.”

Alison Gow, president of the society of editors, said: “I am delighted these awards celebrate the wealth of talent of women in local journalism and also recognise the effort, determination and innovation that puts us front and centre of our newsrooms.

“As women working in this industry it’s important we celebrate each other, acknowledge the inspiring women journalists who went before us, and raise up those who are bringing new ways of thinking and telling stories to the best job in the world.

“This is why it’s so brilliant Behind Local News is today celebrating women in journalism, and amplifying their achievements. I’d encourage everyone who is eligible to enter.”

The News Media Association is also supporting the awards, as is the Independent Community News Network, which represents hyperlocal publishers across the UK.

The categories are:

  • Trainee Reporter
  • Reporter
  • Specialist Reporter
  • Scoop of the year
  • Digital Journalist
  • Sports Journalist
  • Trainer
  • Apprentice
  • Photographer/video journalist
  • Apprentice
  • Content editor
  • Inspiring journalist
  • Editor
  • Newsroom unsung hero
  • Mentor


Behind Local News was set up by publishers in the UK three years ago this month to showcase the importance of local news, and the work ongoing to secure its future. Since then, they have held three conferences, and welcome thousands of people every month to their site.