We’re shortlisted – NMA2023’s Regional Publication of the Year!


On the top of winning Digital Magazine of the Year last month – which was a total surprise, as we hadn’t entered anything – we did write an award entry (obviously in our usual highly-organised style; we slid it in under the wire at five minutes to midnight on deadline day …) for a national industry award.

This afternoon we casually went to see if the shortlist is out, as we’ve not heard anything, and saw it had actually already been published. Unsurprised that we’d not been notified about it, as we obviously weren’t on it, we scrolled down to see who had made the cut for the regional publication of the year in the News and Magazine Awards 2023

That’s…. Us.
The BV.

We’re honestly giddy at the thought.

If you click through and scroll the full shortlist, it contains the likes of the Mail, the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Grazia, Country Living, Hello Magazine … and now The BV!

*falls on floor*

The shortlist for the regional publication award includes just three titles, and we’re the only purely-digital entry there: we’re up against the Western Mail and the Nottingham Post, BOTH of which are incredibly successful, longstanding local newspapers. But just to be on that list with them! Giddy at the thought, we are!

And listen, we have a one in three chance, right?

Our tiny team works so hard from BV HQ to inform and educate our audience with accuracy and integrity, but also to never lose that little bit of personality which makes us uniquely ‘Dorset’. To be recognised among such talented and respected titles on a national scale is both humbling and inspiring. And of course it’s never just a personal achievement – it can only be a reflection of the entire team’s efforts to deliver impactful and relevant stories and features, as we also try to entertain and uplift.

The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony in May in London. We’ll keep you posted…

(Psssst – LOOK! That’s USSSSSS!)


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