ICNN and Google News Initiative join forces for new newsawards 2020 category

By Matt Abbott | 25th Nov 2019

The Independent Community News Network (ICNN) and the Google News Initiative have joined forces to create an exciting new category for newsawards 2020.

The Independent Community News Network (ICNN) Newspaper of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Google News Initiative, are aimed at the 300-plus independent community news publications in the UK and Ireland. There are two awards in this category – print and online.

The ICNN Awards will go to a publication/website targeting a specific geographic area such as a town, neighbourhood, village, county or even a single postcode sector.

Director of ICNN Emma Meese says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the incredible work being done by independent community journalists in the UK. The announcement of these awards recognises the change in attitudes across the industry towards independent news providers. That they are a vital and indispensable part of the news media ecosystem has been clear for some time – these awards underline that, and we are proud to give our organisation’s name to them.”

The complete judging criteria for the two ICNN awards are available from http://www.newsawards.co.uk/entry-form/. Closing date for entries is 31 January 2020.

The winners of all the newsawards 2020 categories will be announced on 6 May next year at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel in front of around 500 industry sponsors and guests.

For enquiries about newsawards 2020 contact Helen Hargreaves on helen@newspaperawards.co.uk or +44 (0) 1869 340351

Independent Community News Network

The ICNN is part of Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism and is the UK representative body for the independent community and hyperlocal news sector. It exists to promote the interests of community and hyperlocal publishers and to champion new sustainable forms of local digital and print journalism.

Google News Initiative

Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information.  The Google News Initiative (GNI), launched in March 2018, is Google’s effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in a digital age. The GNI will advance solutions across 3 major pillars where the news industry faces challenges and opportunities today: elevating and strengthening quality journalism, evolving business models to drive sustainable growth, and empowering news organisations through technological innovation.


newsawards are the only awards dedicated to celebrating the best in news media print, technology and business innovation – they are not editorial awards. Now in their 24th year, over 12,000 newspaper executives from many of the major national, international, regional and weekly newspaper publishers have attended the awards together with sponsors, suppliers and industry influencers.


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