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Yorkshire Bank Journalist Awards

Added: (Mon Sep 11 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - 11th September, 2000


I am very pleased to be able to tell you that the veteran BBC foreign correspondent and newsreader Michael Buerk has agreed to be our guest of honour at this year’s Northern Business Journalist of the Year Awards Dinner.

This will take place at the Jarvis Piccadilly Hotel, in central Manchester, on Thursday 16th November. The further good news is that once again all bona fide entrants will be invited to the dinner.

The only potentially bad news is that, if you have not already done so, you have less than one week in which to enter the awards, which are the most prestigious of their kind outside London, as entries must be received by 15th September.

Last year, the feedback which we received about the scheme from the many journalists who entered the awards and attended the presentation dinner was overwhelmingly favourable. As you will know if you attended the dinner at the Hilton National in Leeds, this impression was undoubtedly helped by the fact that our guest of honour was John Humphrys, who presented the prizes and took part in a fascinating question and answer session with the audience.

It is our intention that this year’s presentation dinner will be, if possible, even more entertaining and memorable. Given Michael Buerk’s outstanding reputation, which arose to a great extent from his outstanding reports on the famine in Ethiopia in 1984 - dispatches which led directly to the development of Band Aid - there is every reason to believe that this will be the case.

I do hope that, whichever area of the media in which you work, you will enter this year’s awards, details of which are on the registration form that you should have received a few weeks ago. A completed registration form must accompany each entry.

As was the case last year, the awards will be made in three categories:

· Newspaper Journalist Of The Year: Open to business journalists based in the north who write for daily and weekly newspapers.
· Magazine Journalist Of The Year: Open to business journalists based in the north who write for weekly and monthly magazines.
· Broadcast Journalist Of The Year: Open to business journalists based in the north who report for TV and radio stations.

The prizes will be the same in all three categories, namely:

· First prize: £400 and a trophy
· Second prize: £100
· Commended: A bottle of champagne.

You can enter in any or all of the categories. Three pieces of work are required for each category you enter, and these must have been published or broadcast in the twelve months to the end of June 2000.

The judging panel for the awards will include senior figures from northern business.

We have already received a large number of entries from business journalists from north of the Trent to the Borders and expect a memorable night at the presentation dinner.

In case you have not already received a registration form or have any further queries, please contact:

Helen Crawford,
Corporate Communications Manager,
Yorkshire Bank PLC,
Head Office,
20, Merrion Way,
LS2 8NZ.

Tel: 0113 247 2510
E-Mail: helen.crawford@eu.nabgroup.com

I look forward to receiving your entry and hope to see you at the presentation dinner.

Best wishes,

Raymond Clark
Head of Business Finance Services
Yorkshire Bank

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