Kent success in press and broadcast awards

Kent Life won Magazine of the Year for the second year running in the second Kent Press and Broadcast Awards. Editor Sarah Sturt collected the award after designer Kerry Armstrong had already won Designer of the Year in the Magazine category

Kent Awards Picture 1 - Web Not to be left out, their sister publication Kent on Sunday was highly commended in the Campaign of the Year category for the Blood Contamination Scandal coverage. Editor Chris Britcher collected the certificate.

Held at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury, the awards organised by Kent PR agency Maxim saw 15 winners, 13 highly commended and a special commendation awarded across 14 categories.

The entries were judged by a panel of experts consisting of Susie Boniface, a national journalist better known as Fleet Street Fox; PA photographer Gareth Fuller; sports journalist and lecturer Paul Majendie; digital consultant Patrick Fuller; journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale; and award-winning TV producer Martyn Gregory.

Maxim’s Rachel Knight said: “We were really pleased to have another great response to the scheme which attracted 147 entries from more than 100 individuals.”

Kent Awards Picture 2 - WebKent Awards Picture 2 – Web.jpgThe award ceremony was hosted by journalist and broadcaster Cathy Newman. Currently one of Channel 4 News’ main studio presenters, Cathy regularly writes for the Telegraph and has extensive experience in print media.

Speaking at the ceremony, she said: “Regional journalism is the lifeblood of journalism and always has been. I think it’s really important that regional journalism continues to receive a good level of investment. There are a lot of pressures at the moment, a lot of competition from online news sources, but I think people still want to read authoritative, local journalism about the community where they live.”

Picture 1: Sarah Sturt, right, and Barbara Buczek, of sponsors, Port of Dover

Picture 2: Chris Britcher, right, and Linda Marsh, of sponsors, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce