Regional Press Awards head for Manchester

Theatre of Dreams: Manchester United’s stadium at Old Trafford will host this year’s Regional Press Awards

The Regional Press Awards is on the move. As part of its ongoing determination to reach out to journalists across the UK, Press Gazette plans to take its prestigious annual event out of London and move it around the country.

And for the first venue in this new era of the awards, what better location than the Theatre of Dreams – Manchester United’s stadium at Old Trafford? The home of footballing legends will, for one afternoon in July, be host to the current crop of newspaper greats from the regional press. A drinks reception will be followed by lunch at Old Trafford’s Manchester Suite, which can seat up to 1,000 guests, on Friday, 9 July.

We’ve chosen Manchester because of its excellent travel links, superb hospitality facilities and its vibrant media scene.

In subsequent years we’ll expect the Regional Press Awards to take place at other large publishing centres around the country – and of course London will still figure in those plans.

The awards themselves will, as ever, include categories for individual journalists, teams and photographers. They will culminate in the newspaper of the year titles – for weekly, free, morning/Sunday and evening papers. The regional newspaper of the year will be selected from those category winners.

The judging panel, comprising experienced and respected journalists and senior newspaper executives, will be chaired by Philippa Kennedy, Press Gazette’s consulting editor.

Blue chip sponsors including National Grid Transco, Barclays, O2, the House Builders Federation and Getty Images are already committed to support the event.

Entry forms will be published in next week’s issue of Press Gazette and will be available to download from

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 18 May. For further details contact event manager Andrea Hayes on 020 8565 3056 or e-mail andreah@

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