E2D editor Rachael shortlisted for UK award

By Alan Cleaver

Rachael GrealishEGREMONT 2DAY editor Rachael Grealish has been shortlisted for one of journalism’s most prestigious awards.

Rachael, 23, is one of just four selected for the national Georgina Henry Women In Journalism  Prize for Innovation award.

She will attend the UK Press Awards for 2015 gala dinner at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel in London later this month when the overall winner will be announced.

The award – honouring former Guardian deputy editor Georgina Henry who died of cancer in 2014 aged 53 – looks for writers with “a flair for storytelling as well as evidence of innovation”.

Rachael submitted her work with Egremont2Day demonstrating how it gave a voice to the community it served.

Rachael, who lives in Egremont, said: “I explained that the prize £4,000 could mean increasing our circulation – i.e paying for new distributors etc – and help the paper reach more people. This in turn would push E2D further.

“I entered on a whim really. My NCTJ tutor shared it on Facebook, literally the week before the deadline – which was also the deadline for E2D. I had a look and decided I would enter. This didn’t give me much time, but I pulled together my 800 words and three pieces of work.”

Judges included former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard and Jane Martinson, head of media at the Guardian.

Rachael added: “I’m honoured to be short listed for such a prestigious award.Georgina Henry, after whom the award is named, was an incredible woman, a true role model for women in the industry. I’m nervous to be honest as the other finalists are all incredible and accomplished journalists and reporters. I’m also excited to represent a true northern newspaper.”

Rachael thanked the rest of the E2D team for their support adding: “I wouldn’t have even been in a position to enter this award without the support I received from E2D’s founder, the late Peter Watson.

“This award isn’t just about me, it’s about E2D and the community we live in.”

E2D chairman, Tony Dunning, said: “We’re immensely proud of what Rachael has achieved. To be shortlisted for such an award is a tremendous achievement – and for the good work of the volunteers at E2D to gain national recognition at the same time is humbling.”