Recognition for the JEP team

THE Jersey Evening Post has been shortlisted in the Newspaper of the Year category of the prestigious Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for the third year in a row.

The shortlist for this year’s award sees the JEP in the final alongside the Evening Telegraph, Grimsby Telegraph, North Wales Daily Post, The Argus and Western Mail. The award recognises the work of regional titles in 2020.

Editor Andy Sibcy said: ‘A third consecutive place in the final is a great recognition of all the hard work every member of the JEP team put in during 2020, a year defined by the pandemic and the way that the newspaper worked in partnership with so many Islanders, Jersey businesses and local organisations to support the community. It was a challenging 12 months, but also a time when we were able to celebrate the very best of our Island.

‘The pandemic gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the enduring importance and relevance of the Island’s newspaper.

‘Once again, I think the JEP demonstrated why local newspapers provide such essential community glue, bringing people together when it is needed most.’

He added: ‘To be recognised by our industry peers reinforces the positive feedback we receive from so many Islanders. A massive thank you to all the people who help and support us, from readers and advertisers who fund our journalism, to the contributors and writers who complement our talented in-house team.

‘Thank you all – we could not do it without you.’

JEP managing director Matt Ross said: ‘For its size, Jersey is blessed with a very healthy and diverse media ecosystem that delivers to Islanders every single day on multiple platforms. The JEP, which celebrated its 131st birthday this year, is delighted to be such an integral part of that essential landscape.

‘To be recognised by our peers on the mainland, and to hold our own and more in a field of so many hero brands, is a great achievement and is testament to the dedication and hard work of the whole team across every department of the business.’

The winners will be announced in the autumn.

In other news, our commercial director Luke Heynes has been shortlisted for the Jersey Institute of Directors 2021 Director of the Year Awards.

The awards celebrate the excellence across the private, public and third-sector organisations in Jersey. A total of 30 individuals across an extended ten categories have been shortlisted to recognise the inspirational people leading their organisations through an unprecedented and challenging year.

Luke Heynes said ‘I was thrilled to be nominated and it’s a huge honour to be shortlisted by the IoD Jersey panel.

Good luck to all the finalists – see you in September!’