The Lancashire Evening Post and its journalists have been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards.
The paper’s newsroom has been shortlisted for Editorial Team of the Year in the highly competitive O2 North West Media Awards which are regarded as the “Oscars” of journalism.
The Evening Post has been nominated for the award for its superb coverage of Preston Guild, which is celebrated in the city every 20 years.
As part of the Preston Guild coverage, the LEP editorial team produced special pull-outs, late editions and dedicated magazines.
Reporter Aasma Day has also been shortlisted in the O2 Media Awards and is a finalist in the News Reporter of the Year category.
Aasma has also been shortlisted as Journalist of the Year in the national Asian Media Awards, which aim to showcase the very best talent working in the Asian and mainstream media.
Aasma, 36, who has been working at the Evening Post for 15 years, was shortlisted for both awards after submitting a portfolio of stories. Her portfolio included the Twilight investigation which revealed the hidden world on our doorstep.
Aasma spent six weeks off diary uncovering real life stories of people trapped on the margins of society.
Her portfolio also included a variety of human interest and health stories.
Mike Hill, associate editor at the Lancashire Evening Post, said: “It is great to see the Evening Post journalists nominated for editorial team of the year.
“Preston Guild only comes around once every 20 years and there was a real determination among all of the staff to do it justice both in print and online.
“The papers looked terrific and there was a real sense of pride among all of the team in their work with daily pull-outs, glossy magazines, late final editions and a dedicated website helping boost sales and revenue across the 10-day event.
“Aasma fully deserves her nomination for news reporter of the year.
“Her portfolio was exceptional, featuring some great investigative journalism as part of her Twilight investigation and some fantastic human interest stories.
“It is a double success for Aasma, who has just been shortlisted for the UK’s Asian Journalist of the Year.”
The final of the Asian Media Awards will be held at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester on Thursday, October 31.
This year’s O2 North West Awards attracted more than 300 entries. The winners will be revealed at a special presentation evening at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on November 6.