Making a Difference - National

Making a Difference highlights the power of news media titles to campaign for positive change. Earlier this week, an online vote was held to determine which local and national campaigns from the past year are the public's favourites.

The winners will be announced on Friday 9 October. Browse the local campaigns here

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Catching The Speedboat Killer

Responding to public outrage over speedboat killer Jack Shepherd, who was awarded taxpayers' cash to fund an appeal despite being on the run from his jail sentence - the Daily Mail launched a £25,000 reward to catch him.

The Mail also worked closely with the family of the speedboat victim Charlotte Brown to produce exclusive interviews and new leads, and apply pressure on the Metropolitan Police and Government.

It sparked a national debate about whether legal aid should be awarded to fugitives, and the then Prime Minister Theresa May intervened personally to call for Shepherd to hand himself in. Eventually, then Home Secretary Sajid Javid agreed to meet Miss Brown's family and pledged to step up the search.

The Mail invested resources to follow up leads in several countries until Shepherd was finally found in Georgia. He was later sentenced to six months for absconding, on top of six years for manslaughter.