British Journalism Awards 2014

  • George Brock, former managing editor of The Times and head of journalism at City University (and a Liveryman of the Stationers’ Company)
     

  • Lori Miles, former editor of Mizz, Chat, Take a Break and the London Evening News
     

  • Kevin Marsh, former editor of Today and the BBC College of Journalism
     

  • Peter Preston, editor of The Guardian from 1975 to 1995
     

  • John Dale, fomerly of The Observer, Daily Mail and editor of Take a Break for 20 years. Ten-time BSME Awards winner
     

  • Liz Gerard, former chief sub-editor of The Times with 40 years experience in journalism - author of the SubScribe blog
     

  • Fiona Fox, chief executive of the Science Media Centre
     

  • Alan Geere, former editor of titles including The Tribune (USA), the Trinidad Express and the Northcliffe Media South East series
     

  • John Mair, former BBC producer and editor of 10 books on journalism
     

  • David Banks, former editor of the Daily Mirror, New York Daily News, Sydney Daily Telegraph
     

  • Robin Morgan, former Sunday Times Magazine editor
     

  • Peter Cole, emeritus professor of journalism at Sheffield University, former deputy editor of The Guardian and founder editor of the Sunday Correspondent
     
  • Ian Reeves, former editor of Press Gazette now director of learning at the University of Kent journalism department
     
  • Paul Charman, head of journalism at the London College of Communications
     
  • Dominic Ponsford, editor of Press Gazette

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are supported by:

 

The categories for the 2014 British Journalism Awards are as follows:
 

  • Business Journalist of the year - sponsored by TATA Consultancy Services
     
  • Sports journalist of the year - sponsored by the Hippodrome Casino
     
  • Science and technology journalist of the year - sponsored by Astellas
     
  • New journalist of the year (for someone who has been a journalist for three years or less)
     
  • Innovation of the year
     
  • Foreign affairs journalist of the year
     
  • Campaign of the year
     
  • Investigation of the year
     
  • Photojournalist of the year
     
  • The breaking news award (for the best story of the year)
     
  • Local news award (for outstanding public interest journalism at a local and regional level) 
     
  • Politics journalist of the year

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are supported by:

 

The judges will be looking for journalism which is compelling, revelatory and which makes a difference. It must be both interesting to the public – and in the public interest.

It will be up to the judges to decide how to apply the public interest test, but they must look for a higher standard than just that a story is interesting to the public.

The judges will take into account the level of journalistic skill, professionalism and effort employed to bring new information to light. The work must tell readers something they did not already know.

Work should have have been first published or broadcast between 1 September 2013, and 31 August 2014.

Judging will take place in October 2014 and will be on a jury-style system with a consensus needed from all the judges before each winner is decided. Journalism will be judged on its merits regardless of the size of news organisation which produces it. Shortlists of awards finalists will be up to eight-strong and aim to include representation across national press, regional press, consumer and business magazines and broadcasting.

All awards finalists will enter the British Journalism Awards hall of fame.

The closing date for entries is 9am, 14 October 2014. Shortlists will be announced on Tuesday, 6 November, 2014

These awards are for British journalism, so work which is produced for a British audience.

Entries should be made via email to britishjournalismawards@pressgazette.co.uk

Each entry needs to state the award category in the subject line of the email and contain up to three example of work plus an optional supporting statement of up to 300 words.

Examples of work must be provided either as PDFs (for stories which have appeared in print) or as weblinks for work which needs to be viewed online. In the case of broadcast work entrants must provide a link to a website where it can be viewed or send clips via post on CD, DVD or memory stick format to British Journalism Awards, Press Gazette, John Carpenter House, John Carpenter Street, London EC4Y 0AN.

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are supported by:

 

 

British Journalism Awards Hall of Fame

2013

New Journalist of the Year

Winner: Patrick Kingsley from The Guardian

What the judges said: “Patrick is a journalist who has been reporting from Egypt since January 2013 at no little risk to himself. He’s been beaten up and arrested as he exposed the toll unrest in that country has taken on unarmed civilians.

“He wrote the dissection of a massacre in a model way – it’s a great piece of reconstruction that leads to revelation.”

Patrick pictured with Javier Millan from Air France-KLM

Finalists:

Alex Ralph from The Times,

Fiona O’Cleirigh  from Exaro News

Maeve McClenaghan – from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Sarah Morrison from The Independent

Simon Murphy from the Mail on Sunday

Business, finance and economics journalist of the year – sponsored by Astellas

Winner: Tom Bergin from Reuters

The judges said: “Most of the other journalists writing about the tax affairs of companies like Google and Starbucks are following in his footsteps. He practically wrote the questions for the Commons select committee.”

Tom Bergin pictured below with communications director of Astellas Pharma Europe, Mindy Dooa:

Highly commended:

Sarah O’Connor from the Financial Times

The judges praised her for “some good old-fashioned shoe leather reporting” which saw her investigate conditions at an Amazon warehouse in Rugely.

Finalists:

Laura Kuenssberg from ITV News

Stephen Grey from Reuters

John Gapper from the Financial Times

David Enrich from the Wall Street Journal Europe

Campaign of the Year

Winner: The Sunday Times for Safe Weekend Care – the campaign for a seven-day NHS

The judges said: “This campaign was well presented, planned and coordinated from beginning to end. It was backed up by great reporting and research and has succeeded in getting a national scandal addressed at the highest level.”

Finalists:

Andrew Norfolk from The Times for his ongoing work exposing the scandal of child sexual exploitation and grooming

The Sun’s Fight For April campaign calling for action to curb internet pornography

London Evening Standard for Ladder for London…encouraging London employers to take on more apprentices

Selina Maycock of the Scunthorpe Telegraph for a successful campaign to pay for the wedding of a terminally ill reader

The Sunday Times for Westminster for Sale – its series exposing how lobbyists pay for access to Parliament and the Government

Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year

Winner: Hala Jaber of The Sunday times

The judges said: “Hala Jaber has been there year after year, living in Damascus and covering the conflict from both sides and getting really strong stories.

 “Her story about the Assad regime general was one of the few pieces of journalism that tried to get us into the mind of the government side of the conflict – and did so critically.”

Sunday Times editorial director Eleanor Mills accepting the Foreign Journalist of the Year prize on behalf of Hala Jaber from BJA judge Kevin Marsh:

Finalists:

Anthony Loyd of The Times

Katrina Manson from The Financial Times

Kim Sengupta of The Independent

Patrick Cockburn of The Independent

Richard Lloyd Parry – The Times

Photojournalist of the Year

Winner: Richard Pohle – The Times

The judges said that his photo of soldiers taking cover at Camp Bastion was the one stand-out shot of the competition this year - beautiful and atmospheric. They remarked that it was really tough photo to get with the equipment he would have had in that spot.

Finalists:

Jeremy Selwyn of the London Evening Standard

Mark Scott of The Sentinel

Oli Scarff from Getty Images

Suzanne Plunkett  from Reuters

Politics Journalists of the Year

Winner: Joe Murphy of the London Evening Standard

The judges praised Murphy for fine writing and three genuine exclusives. The revelation that David Cameron was supporting gay marriage had huge repercussions and his exclusive account of the private Thatcher family funeral service was a fine piece of colour writing.

Joe Murphy with BJA judge professor Peter Cole:

Finalists:

Amelia Gentleman of The Guardian

Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times

Neil Elkes of the Birmingham Post and Mail

Steve Richards of The Independent

Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake of The Sunday Times Insight Team

Innovation of the Year

Winner: The Guardian for GuardianWitness

“One of judges said they had downloaded the app and they were using it every day. They felt it brought citizen journalism and user-generated content to a new level by - improving engagement, sourcing great content and doing so in a way that made money for the paper through sponsorship.”

The GuardianWitness team pictured with BJA judge Ian Reeves (right):

Highly commended:

The Sun for Sun+

The Independent for Voices In Danger

Finalists:

Lewis Whyld for his 360-degree interactive camera

The ooh aar Augmented reality platform as used in The Sentinel

The Brixton Bugle and Brixton Blog

Sports journalist of the year sponsored by the Hippodrome Casino

Winner: David Conn – of The Guardian

“All his stories were about some form of corruption in sport. He delves beyond the glitzy veneer of modern football to hold the game’s gilded elite to account.”

David Conn pictured (right) with awards sponsor Simon Thomas of the Hippodrome Casino:

Finalists:

Christian Sylt – freelance for City AM and The Independent

Ian Herbert – of The Independent

Luke Edwards of the Telegraph

Mark Ogden of The Telegraph

Sam Wallace of The Independent

Science and Technology Journalist of the Year sponsored by the Wellcome Trust

Winner: Robin McKie of The Observer

The judges said: “He goes for the biggest subjects and makes technical issues compelling with his approachable style of writing. His piece on a GM rice strain which could save millions from blindess was a particularly fine piece of science writing on a hugely important global issue.”

Robin McKie pictured (right) with director of the Wellcome Trust Prof Jeremy Farrar:

Finalists:

Pallab Ghosh – of the BBC

Leslie Hook  of the Financial Times

Helen Thomson of the New Scientist

Gareth Iacubucci of the British Medical Journal

Andrew Gregory of the Daily Mirror

Breaking News Award

Winner: Channel 4 News and Dispatches for Plebgate

This was reporting which forced the Met Police to re-open its investigation into an alleged conspiracy to undermine chief Whip Andrew Mitchell. One police officer is to face trial and five are facing charges for gross misconduct.

The judges said they thought it was a great year for Dispatches and were also hugely impressed with its joint Guardian investigation into police spying on the family of Stephen Lawrence and its investigation into failings at the NHS 111 non-emergency call service.

They praised Dispatches for rigorous public interest journalism of the highest order.

Journalists from the Channel 4 Plebgate team with BJA judge Liz Gerard:

Finalists:

Exaro News – for the Murdoch tape

Tom Harper of The Independent – for Blue chip hacking

Catherine Deveney of The Observer for – top cardinal accused of inappropriate acts by priests

The Sunday Times insight team for – generals for hire

Anthony Lloyd of The Times for his exclusive report on the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack in Syria

Investigation of the year

Winner: Michael Gillard of The Sunday Times for his exposure of gangster David Hunt (the Untouchable)

The judges all agreed that Michael Gillard should win for an 11-year investigation which exposed career criminal and violent gangster David Hunt. The last journalist to investigate Mr Hunt received a head-butt for his troubles. Gillard stayed the course, memorably running rings around Hunt’s barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC in the High Court.

The judges felt that Gillard edged this prize because of the skill, determination and bravery it took to see this story through.

The Sunday Times succeeded where the collected forces of law enforcement in this country had failed – defeating Hunt in a court of law and obtaining a measure of justice for his victims by public exposing him for the first time.

Highly commended:

The Guardian – For the Snowden Files

Andrew Norfolk of The Times for his work on the child sex grooming scandal

The judges were hugely impressed by the global ramifications of The Guardian’s Snowden files revelations and by Andrew Norfolk’s ongoing dogged investigation into sex grooming. Both are highly commended.

Finalists:

Mark Daily and Murdoch Rodgers of BBC Scotland for Sins of our Fathers

Channel 4 News and Dispatches for Plebgate

Jeanette Oldham of the Birmingham Mail for her investigation into a cancer surgeon with unacceptably high death rates

The Marie Colvin award – sponsored by Syria Relief for the journalist who the judges  felt had done the most to raise the reputation of our craft and inspire other journalists.

Former Times foreign editor Richard Beeston (who died of cancer in May of this year aged 50).

Dr Ayman Jundi presenting the Marie Colvin Award to Ben MacIntyre of the The Times and Natasha Beeston:

One of the great foreign editors of The Times – Richard Beeston was a hugely liked and respected figure throughout Fleet Street.

An indefatigable foreign correspondent he covered conflicts in Lebanon, Iraq and Chechnya for The Times.

He exposed Saddam Hussein’s gassing of Kurdish civilians at Hallabja in 1988, reported on atrocities by Serb forces in the Bosnian War of the early 1990s and after 2011 he shone a light on the barberous campaign of general Assad in Syria against his own population.

When one of the judges suggested Richard’s name for the Marie Colvin prize there was immediate and enthusiastic agreement from all the others.

The BJA judges cover a broad cross-section of our diverse industry but they had all been deeply touched by Richard’s contribution to journalism.

As Oliver Kamm wrote in The Times: “Richard Beeston saw his responsibility as finding things out and giving as objective an account as he could manage of the horrors of the conflicts he covered. Objectivity doesn’t mean balance: it means telling the truth about what you discover.”

Journalist of the year, sponsored by Santander

Michael Gillard - Freelance/The Sunday Times

Michael Gillard could not attent the awards and cannot attend public events in London for security reasons. The awarded was accepted on his behalf by his friend the journalist Laurie Flynn and presented by Santander director of communications Jennifer Scardino:

 

2012

Investigation of the year 

(See our showcase of all the award-winning work for this category here)

Winner: Alexi Mostrous and Fay Schlesinger (The Times) – Tax avoidance investigation

 

Finalists: 

  • Andrew Norfolk (The Times) – Child grooming
  • Chris Woods (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism) - Covert War on Terror
  • Channel 4 News – Suspended doctors still working
  • Jon Austin (Basildon Echo) – Dale Farm travellers’ site coverage
  • Nina Lakhani and Andrew Buncombe (The Independent)- How Western pharmaceutical companies use guinea pigs in India
  • Paul Lewis and Rob Evans (Guardian News and Media) – Police infiltration of the protest movement
  • Leigh Marles (The Wirral Globe) – Justice for Martin and for taxpayers
     
Breaking news award (for the best story of the year)
 
 
Winner: Andrew Gregory and Steve Black/Political Pictures (Daily Mirror) – Oliver’s Barmy, revelation that Cabinet minister Oliver Letwin was dumping secret documents in a park bin
 
 
Finalists:
 
  • Alexi Mostrous and Fay Schesinger (The Times) – Tax avoidance revelations.
  • Rupert Neate (Guardian News and Media) – Liam Fox quits, and coverage of the Fox-Werrity scandal)
  • Gareth Iacobucci (Pulse Magazine) – Clinical commissioning group calls on PM to drop the Health Bill
  • The Guardian – Assad emails exposed
  • Jon Ungoed-Thomas (The Sunday Times) – Google grabs secrets of our private lives
  • Sunday Times Insight Team – Cash for Cameron: cosy club buys the PM’s ear
  • Stuart Ramsay (Sky News) – Reports from the frontline of the Syrian civil war 
     
Political journalist of the year
 
 
Winner: David Hencke (Exaro
 
 
Finalists:
 
  • Andy Grice (The Independent)
  • Jane Merrick (The Independent on Sunday)
  • Patrick Wintour (Guardian News and Media)
  • Rachel Sylvester (The Times)
  • Simon Walters (Mail on Sunday)
     

New journalist of the year

(See our showcase of all the award-winning work for this category here)

Winner: Emma Slater (The BBC/Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

Finalists:

  • Charlie Cooper (The Independent)
  • Halina Watts (The People)
  • Kevin Rawlinson (The Independent)
  • Niall McCracken (The Detail)
  • Sarah Morrison (The Independent on Sunday)

     

Photojournalist of the year
 
 
Winner: Matt Cardy (Getty Images)
 
 
Finalists:
 
  • Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)
  • Leo Maguire (Freelance for The Sunday Times magazine)

Oli Scarff (Getty Images)

  • Peter Macdiarmid (Getty Images)
  • Robin Hammond/Panos Pictures ( The Sunday Times magazine)

     

Innovation of the year
 
Winner: Guardian News and Media – Reading the Riots project
 
 
Finalists:
 
  • The Times – Cities Fit for Cycling Project  
  • Channel 4 News – No Go Britain (multimedia campaign highlighting the problems faced by disabled transport users)
  • John Dale – 24 Hours in Journalism book and investigative project
  • Guardian News and Media – Reading the Riots project
  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Channel 4 Dispatches App

     

Sports journalist of the year
 
 
Winner: David Walsh (The Sunday Times)
 
 
Finalists:
 
  • John Sinnott (CNN/Sports Illustrated/The Blizzard)
  • Kevin Eason (The Times)
  • Mark Daly (BBC Scotland)
  • Nick Harris (Mail on Sunday)
  • Paul Kelso (The Daily Telegraph)

     

Business journalist of the year
 
 
Winner: Chris Giles (Financial Times)
 
 
Finalists:
 
  • Catherine Lea (Hull Daily Mail)
  • Chris Giles (Financial Times)
  • Deirdre Hipwell (The Times)
  • Larry Elliott (Guardian News and Media)
  • Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith (Marketing/Brand Republic)
  • Nick Mathiason (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

     

Science journalist of the year
 
 
Winner: Tom Feilden (BBC Today Programme)
 
 
Finalists:
 
  • Fiona Harvey (Guardian News and Media)
  • James Murray (Business Green)
  • Pallab Ghosh (BBC)
  • Suzanne Goldenberg (Guardian News and Media)
  • Warren Manger (The Coventry Telegraph)
     

British Journalism Awards Journalist of the Year for 2012 was David Walsh of the Sunday Times.

A special award was given to the late Marie Colvin and accepted on her behalf by Sunday Times foreign editor Sean Ryan and photographer Paul Conroy.

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are supported by:

 

 

The British Journalism Awards are open to all journalists wherever they work.

Launched partly as a response to the hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry – they aim to celebrate and promote great journalism which is both interesting to the public AND in the public interest.

The 2014 British Journalism Awards will be held at Stationers' Hall in London on Tuesday, 2 December, 2014.

The judges include former editor of The Guardian Peter Preston, former night editor of The Times Liz Gerard, head of journalism at City University George Brock and former Today Programme editor Kevin Marsh.

The event is generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

The aim is to create an awards event with the prestige of the Pulitzers in the US which rewards journalists who not only tell compelling stories but who also make a difference for the better in society.

The inaugural British Journalism Awards was held at Stationers' Hall in the City of London on 4 December 2012. 

Some 250 of the leading names in national and regional newspaper journalism, broadcasting, magazines and online gathered to celebrate prize-winners who included journalist of the year David Walsh of the Sunday Times (pictured below) and the late Marie Colvin who received a special prize for inspiring journalists and improving the reputation of our trade.

The 2013 British Journalism were held at Stationers' Hall on Monday,  2 December 2013, when Michae Gillard of The Sunday Times was named journalist of the year for his courageous exposure of the gangster David Hunt.

Watch videos from the 2013 British Journalism Awards here.

The Stationers’ Company has been at the heart of the UK media for 600 years and the awards are held on the very spot where, 400 years ago, the revision committee met to finalise one of the greatest ever British literary achievements – the King James Bible.

Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford said: “The British Journalism Awards is an event which is unashamedly idealistic in its aims, but this doesn’t mean that great popular journalism won’t be recognised. On the contrary, this event is as much about celebrating sensational journalism in the mould of that promoted by the Daily Mirror’s Hugh Cudlipp as it is about recognising high-minded investigations of the sort pursued by the Sunday Times Insight Team under Harold Evans.

“Crucially, the British Journalism Awards will recognise the best journalists of the year regardless of the medium they work on – be it print, online or broadcasting."

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 British Journalism Awards are supported by: