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Nominations for 2007 media awards

Journalists who have actively highlighted the efforts of Trading Standards officers and Consumer Direct in the war against rogue traders and dodgy dealers are to be saluted at the annual Trading Standards Institute (TSI) media awards.

Local authority Trading Standards Services and Consumer Direct staff are now urged to nominate reporters and media organisations that have helped raise the profile of consumer issues for the 2007 awards.

Ron Gainsford, chief executive of TSI said: "The media play a vital role in bringing fraudsters to task and in educating the public about their rights as consumers. This is a great opportunity for their work to be recognised and the support they give to the essential work of Trading Standards applauded."

Consumer Direct, the Government-funded telephone and online consumer advice service supported by local authority trading standards services, is backing the awards.

Karen Chilvers, head of marketing for Consumer Direct, said: "We would not be able to get the Consumer Direct message out so widely without such an excellent network of consumer journalists across the country.

"This year, with stories such as the petrol contamination crisis and the Farepak collapse, we've seen excellent demonstrations of the press working with Consumer Direct and Trading Standards to reassure consumers and give them the advice they need.

"It seems absolutely right to reward them for their efforts."

Local authority press officers and press office teams who have worked with their trading standards colleagues on key issues also have the chance to win awards.

Nominations from Consumer Direct, Trading Standards/Regulatory Services professionals, TSI members or any consumer bodies must be submitted by 1 October. The winners will be announced on Friday, 16 November at a celebratory lunch that will mark the end of National Consumer Week 2007.

The Categories

(last year's winners in brackets):
  • UK Consumer Journalist of the Year (Penman and Greenwood, The Mirror)
  • Scottish Consumer Journalist of the Year (Jane Barrie, Sunday Mail)
  • Welsh Consumer Journalist of the Year (Louise Elliot/Rhodri Owen, BBC Wales)
  • Northern Ireland Consumer Journalist of the Year (Linda McAuley, BBC Radio Ulster)
  • Regional Consumer Journalist of the Year (Jayne Barrett, BBC Northwest)
  • Best Consumer Television programme (new category)
  • Best Consumer Radio programme (BBC Radio Ulster, On Your Behalf)
  • Campaign of the Year (Food for thought, Nottingham Evening Post)
  • Best Local Authority Press Office Team (London Borough of Enfield Press Office)
  • Best Local Authority Press Officer (Dawn Bunnell, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council)

Nominations should include the title of the category; the person/team nominated and the organisation they represent, with contact details if possible; and the name and contact details of the nominator.

Additionally, the nominator should outline the reasons for the nomination in fewer than 500 words, ideally including, where relevant, the methods and tactics used to communicate effectively and the results achieved.

Nominations should go to: TSI Media Awards, TSI Press Office, LTA Communications, 156 Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3PD, or email For more information please call Lou Thomas on 0845 608 9400.

© 2008 itsa Ltd on behalf of the Trading Standards Institute.