The Lancashire Evening Post has been shortlisted for a campaign highlighting the positive power of the local media.
Our Twilight series, which highlighted the lives of those battling poverty and living on the margins of society, is one of 30 campaigns appearing in the Newspaper Society’s Making A Difference showcase as part of Local Newspaper Week which begins today.
The Twilight investigation, which the Evening Post featured last year and re-visited last month, told the shocking real life stories of those living in Preston who are struggling to survive.
The campaign received widespread praise from the individuals themselves, MPs, charities, police chiefs and the leader of Preston Council.
The Evening Post has won and been shortlisted for a number of prestigious journalism awards for the campaign - including the national Paul Foot Award for outstanding investigative journalism.
There will now be an online public vote to find the best of the 30 powerful regional press campaigns which have made a real difference to the communities that they serve.
Voting is now open and will close on midnight on Wednesday.
The winner will be announced at a special award at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards in London on Friday by Newspaper Society president Adrian Jeakings.
Gillian Parkinson, editor of the Lancashire Evening Post, said: “Local and regional newspapers play an important part in the communities they serve.
“As the Twilight campaign shows, newspapers can give a voice to those who might not otherwise be heard.
“Newspapers can make a real difference to people’s lives and help fight for change.
“We would encourage Lancashire Evening Post readers to vote for their favourite newspaper campaign.”
Vote for the Evening Post’s Twilight campaign now by visiting: www.localnewspaperweek.co.uk.
Follow the week on Twitter @localpaperweek and use hashtags #LNW and #MakingaDifference when tweeting.