The Telegraph & Argus’ efforts to save Bradford’s National Media Museum have been shortlisted as one of the best local newspaper campaigns for 2013 – and now we need your votes to scoop the top prize.
The Newspaper Society has listed the 30 campaigns in the running for the accolade to mark the start of this year’s Local Newspaper Week, which begins on Monday.
From the start of the week, readers will be asked to vote for their ‘People’s Choice’ winner which is an initiative to highlight the important role played by local papers across the UK.
A spokesman for the Newspaper Society said: “This year will see the launch of a new campaign called Making a Difference which will showcase the ability of local media to make a difference to the lives of ordinary individuals in a way that no other media can.”
When the future of the National Media Museum was placed in doubt due to funding cuts in June last year, the T&A joined forces with Bradford MPs, Council officials and business leaders to save the flagship attraction via the Stop The Cut campaign.
A petition attracted more than 45,000 signatures in just three weeks, including star names such as Hollywood producer Martin Scorsese, Monty Python stars Michael Palin and Terry Jones, world famous artist David Hockney and legendary actor John Hurt.
The petition was handed in to the Kensington headquarters of The Science Museum Group, the museum’s parent organisation, on June 27 last year, and a week later bosses vowed the museum would survive, leading to praise from all quarters for the “phenomenal response” generated by the T&A campaign.
Deputy editor of the T&A Damian Holmes said: “This was a vitally important campaign for Bradford and its residents.
“We had to take action to protect what is the jewel of the city’s crown, and mobilised the Stop The Cut campaign very quickly.
“To get a genuine Hollywood legend like Martin Scorsese, among many other big names, supporting it was quite incredible, but even more important for the outcome was the sheer weight of numbers of local folk who were opposed to any closure of the Media Museum.
“The campaign showed yet again how important the local press is in providing real support to the communities they work in.”
- From Monday, readers will be able to view all the campaigns and vote for their favourite by visiting www.localnewspaperweek.co.uk.