Top nod for Post reporter

Huge Honour: LEP reporter Aasma Day has been nominated for a Paul Foot award for her Twilight investigation
Huge Honour: LEP reporter Aasma Day has been nominated for a Paul Foot award for her Twilight investigation
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A Lancashire Evening Post reporter has been nominated for one of the biggest awards in journalism.

Reporter Aasma Day has been nominated for the Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism for her Twilight investigation which revealed the hidden world on our doorstep.

The award, which was set up by Private Eye and the Guardian in 2005 in memory of the campaigning journalist, is recognised around the world.

This year, Aasma is up against the Guardian newspaper for its Edward Snowden investigation which revealed how GCHQ gained covert access to cables and exposed its relationship with its US equivalent, the NSA.

Gillian Parkinson, editor of the Lancashire Evening Post, said: “Aasma’s Twilight investigation showed incredible tenacity and ingenuity.

“It is one thing to find the people featured in this investigation, but another to get them to open up and speak about the fabric of their incredible lives.

“Her nomination, in the company of some of the finest investigative journalists in the country, is well deserved.”

Aasma, 36, who has been working at the Evening Post for 15 years, was named News Reporter of the Year at the O2 Media Awards earlier this year.

She spent six weeks off diary uncovering real life stories of people trapped on the margins of society for her Twilight investigation.

Commenting on her work, judges said: “(Aasma) Day mixed with people from all walks of life, and spent time with some of the organisations and charities helping those who are struggling. She also walked the city centre at night talking to the homeless, including one man who had not bought any food for five years, living instead from supermarket dustbins.

“Day’s investigation received widespread praise from all sections of the community - the individuals themselves, MPs, charities, police chiefs and the leader of Preston Council.”

Other nominees include Tom Bergin from Reuters for “helping to drive corporate tax practices to the top of the international political agenda”, David Cohen of London Evening Standard for investigating London’s criminal gangs with a campaign that “championed social change”, James Dean from The Times for his undercover investigation as a complaints handler to investigate how Lloyds dealt with PPI compensation claims, and Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake from the Sunday Times for their investigation into how private companies and lobbyists are offered the opportunity to buy access and influence within parliament.

Recent winners include The Guardian’s Nick Davies for his investigation into tabloid phone hacking.