Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and reporter Nick Davies have been announced as joint winners of the 2012 Media Society Award for their work exposing the extent of phone hacking at the News of the World.
Announcing the award, The Media Society said: ‘Since becoming editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger has led the paper in its evolution from broadsheet to its present Berliner format, and in its embrace of online journalism. He has consistently defended journalism’s role as holding power to account.
‘Nick Davies has demonstrated the highest qualities of persistence in his following of the biggest media stories in recent years, while his concern for the health and future of his craft is manifest: he is an outstanding defender of the importance of good reporting as the basis for good journalism.”
The awards will take place at the Corinthia Hotel on 24 May with speakers including Sir Harold Evans, Lionel Barber and Tom Watson MP.
Now in its 18th year, previous winners of the award include Sir David Attenborough, Paul Dacre and Sir David Frost.
This year’s award ceremony will also pay tribute to David Walter, the president of The Media Society who died on 29 March this year.