THANK you to everyone who voted for the South Wales Argus in the prestigious Journalism Matters awards.

The Argus has been shortlisted for its coverage of Newport City Council's decision to withdraw funding from a special needs support unit for children aged 0-19.

Pulling the funding from SenCom would have affected more than 600 disabled children in the city, and our coverage sparked a response that eventually led to a U-turn by the council.

By focussing for four months on how the change would affect the lives of children, carers, parents and SenCom staff, we were able to make a positive change.


We were in a public vote which has now closed.

The winner will be announced in London on Friday, May 17.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed his support of the award.

He said: "In this the week of Journalism Matters, I would also like to pay tribute to the news media here in Britain. Journalism is more in demand than ever before as people seek out trusted content, with 48 million people in the UK viewing a local or national news brand every month."

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