County cricket journalist nominations open

Yorkshire Bank

ECB is inviting entries from young journalists and regional newspapers for the County Cricket Journalism Awards 2012.

The awards, now in their second year, are designed to recognise outstanding contributions towards the coverage of domestic cricket during the 2012 county season.

The young journalist of the year award, which was won last year by freelancer Graham Hardcastle, includes a £5,000 scholarship to report on an overseas cricket event involving English county teams.

The three other categories in which awards are made to recognise outstanding coverage of county cricket are: national newspaper of the year, regional newspaper of the year and best online coverage of the year.

The national newspaper of the year award and best online coverage of the year awards are made by a panel of cricket writers and broadcasters based on their assessment of the season’s coverage in these categories.

Entries are invited for the regional newspaper of the year Award and the young journalist of the year award.

Cricket writers

ECB is looking for nominations from young journalists and regional newspapers for the County Cricket Journalism Awards 2012

Entry criteria:

Young Journalist of the Year

- This category is open to any newspaper or online journalist who is under the age of 30 years-old on January 1 2012.

- Each entrant in this category is required to submit previous examples of their coverage of county cricket – a maximum of three articles and all must have been published after January 1 2012.

Regional Newspaper of the Year

- This category is open to any daily, evening or weekly regional newspaper in England and Wales.

- Each entrant in this category is required to submit examples of their newspaper’s coverage of county cricket – a maximum of five articles and all must have been published after January 1 2012.

- Each entrant is also required to supply a short statement of no more than 200 words explaining how the publication expanded or improved its coverage of county cricket in 2012.

The closing date for entries is September 17 2012.

Entries can be sent:

- Via email with PDFs of articles to andrew.walpole@ecb.co.uk

- Or via post: to Andrew Walpole, Head of Corporate Communications, ECB, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QZ.