Established in 2014, the awards recognise print, broadcast and digital journalists, as well as photographers and designers.
Maxim’s Rachel Knight said: “We had some great feedback following this year’s ceremony so we have decided to continue the scheme – it’s as important as ever to reward the local media for their increasing workload. However, we want to make sure we’re running KPBA as best we can so are currently surveying the county’s journalists to get as many opinions as possible.
“We will be making some minor changes but as much as we’d like to please everyone, unfortunately it’s just not possible. Some very niche categories have been suggested but we must remember we need a decent level of entries for each to make it worthwhile.
“We put a lot of thought and effort into the planning of the whole scheme which includes the entry process, the judging panel, where and when we hold the awards ceremony, the format and timings of the event, the table plan, the host and fundamentally, how to fund the whole scheme. We couldn’t run KPBA without the support of the sponsors – many of which have been on board since the beginning.
“Barretts, Digitom, Eurotunnel, Kent Cricket, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Dover, Saga, Shepherd Neame and Southeastern have already confirmed for 2018 which is great news as it means we can start planning. Although the ceremony takes place annually, KPBA is a year-round job.”
“As at least three judges review every single entry in a category there is a lot of work involved; we’re fortunate to have a very enthusiastic team that genuinely cares about local journalism,” continued Rachel. “We’re hoping to extend the panel this year which will mean we’ll have an even greater level and breadth of expertise – and probably more arguments when it comes to the judges meeting and finalising the shortlist.”
Confirmed judges include: Susie Boniface, a national journalist known as Fleet Street Fox; PA photographer Gareth Fuller; sports journalist and lecturer Paul Majendie; digital consultant Patrick Fuller; and journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale.
If you would like to know more about sponsoring a category contact Rachel Knight on email@example.com or call 01892 513033.
For more information about the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards visit www.kpbawards.co.uk.
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