Making a Difference

Making a Difference campaign highlights the power of local media titles to campaign for positive change in the communities they serve. Below is a showcase of the strongest editorial campaigns from the past year which have been shortlisted for the Making a Difference award.

Voting is now closed but you can still browse the campaigns. The Making a Difference winner will be announced by News Media Association vice chairman Henry Faure Walker at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards on Friday (17 May).  

Making a Difference

Johnston Press Investigations Unit

The newly formed Johnston Press Investigations Unit launched the Drive For Justice campaign to highlight the scandal of lenient sentences.
Nothing can ever undo the anguish experienced by families who lose loved ones in car crashes, but making sure the sentencing fits the crime for those that kill on the roads will at least give some measure of justice.
The investigation showed that not a single person has been handed the maximum 14-year sentence for death by dangerous driving since Parliament lengthened the sentence from 10 years in 2004.
The findings revealed drivers who kill have been sentenced to an average of just five years in prison with many escaping jail altogether.
Johnston Press gave families who have lost loved ones in car crashes a voice and called for the Government to re-work guidelines so judges can use the powers that exist as well as tackling loopholes and imposing tougher sentences for the worst offenders.
A petition was also launched which was signed by thousands of people, many sharing their own heartbreaking tales.
Shortly after the campaign, the Government launched a consultation into driving offences and penalties and Johnston Press submitted its Drive For Justice coverage to help make a difference.