AIMaward for FT man

Coverage of London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) has secured Financial Times journalist David Blackwell the title of 2004 AIM Journalist of the Year.

Blackwell was voted winner of the nationals category as well as overall winner last Friday night at an awards ceremony.

Leslie Copeland of Business XL took the prize in the business magazines category, Sheryl Moore of the Manchester Evening News was awarded the prize in the regionals category and Christopher Spink of Growth Company Investor won the award for the AIM specialist publication category.

Moore was deputy business editor of the Yorkshire Post before becoming business editor of the Manchester Evening News.

The award has been running for four years and this year three new categories were added to cover journalistic excellence across different areas of the press.

Chilton Taylor, Baker Tilly’s head of capital markets, (one of the awards’ sponsors) said: “Leslie, Sheryl and Chris’s pieces showed insight and originality and were backed up by detailed and accurate research. Choosing the overall winner was a difficult task, but David’s writing, which illustrated a strong understanding of AIM coupled with a particularly unique approach, made him a deserved winner.”

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