The Press Awards: The Times leads with 18 nominations

The Times leads the nominations for The Press Awards with 18 shortlisted entries, followed by The Guardian with 17 nominations and The Sunday Times with 14.

The most intriguing categories promise to be news reporter of the year and scoop of the year where, in both, The Guardian is up against the News of the World.

The Guardian gained two nominations in the scoop of the year category; one for its Wikileaks revelations about the conduct of the Iraq war and the contents of US embassy cables and the second for its dogged investigation into allegations of phone-hacking at the News of the World.

The News of the World is shortlisted for scoop of the year for its amazing revelation last summer that three Pakistan players were involved in a match-fixing scandal during a test match with England, with reporter Mazher Mahmood nominated as reporter of the year for the same story.

The Daily Telegraph is also nominated twice in the scoop of the year category; for breaking the news that treasury secretary David Laws was wrongly claiming expenses for rent paid to his secret male lover and for The Lib Dem Tapes – the controversial recordings of Lib Dem ministers made by reporters posing as constituents.

The other scoop nominees are: The Sunday Times for World Cup: Cash for Votes Scandal; the Sunday Mirror for Wayne Rooney and the Vice Girl and the Daily Mirror for The Secret Life of John Venables.

Nominees in the news reporter of the year category include Nick Davies and David Leigh from The Guardian, who are jointly nominated for their work on Wikileaks, and Mazher Mahmood from the News of the World for his work on exposing cricket corruption.

Overall, it is “quality” newspaper titles that lead the way with 81 nominations, while tabloid papers jointly picked up 51 nominations.

The shortlists and winners for newspaper of the year, the Cudlipp Award for popular journalism, international journalist of the year and the Journalists’ Charity award for special achievement will be announced at the awards ceremony which is being held on 5 April at The Savoy in London.

The Press Awards is organised by the Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Editors, with a portion of the profits going to the Journalists’ Charity.

Bob Satchwell, Society of Editors executive director and chairman of judges, said: “The judges faced a formidable task and the rare privilege of reading thousands of words gathered together in brilliant entries that reflect the variety, vitality and sheer excellence of British newspapers which are of course the best in the world.

“In some cases the entries were so strong in quality as well as numbers that it was simply impossible to choose only six for each shortlist.

“If only the public could see the combined efforts of all of our national newspapers in one go they would be as impressed as the judges by the rich and diverse treasures they contain as they inform, entertain and inspire their readers.”

News organisations ranked by number of Press Awards nominations:

  • The Times : 18
  • The Guardian : 17
  • The Sunday Times : 14
  • Mail on Sunday : 12
  • Daily Telegraph : 12
  • News of the World : 11
  • Daily Mail : 8
  • The Sun : 7
  • Financial Times : 6
  • The Independent : 5
  • Evening Standard : 5
  • Daily Mirror : 5
  • The Observer : 4
  • Press Association : 4
  • Sunday Telegraph : 2
  • Sunday Telegraph : 2
  • Sunday Mirror : 2
  • Independent on Sunday : 1
  • The People : 1
  • Reuters : 1
  • Action Images : 1
  • Getty Images : 1

Full list of nominees for The Press Awards 2011

Young Journalist of the Year

  • Laura Armstrong The People
  • Heidi Blake The Daily Telegraph
  • Adam Gabbatt The Guardian
  • Kat Lay News of the World
  • Rowena Mason Sunday Telegraph
  • Alex Ralph The Times
  • Matt Sandy The Mail on Sunday

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year

  • Tony Barber The Financial Times
  • Chris Blackhurst London Evening Standard
  • Ed Crooks The Financial Times
  • Larry Elliott The Guardian
  • Dominic O’Connell The Sunday Times
  • David Robertson The Times
  • Martin Wolf The Financial Times

Political Journalist of the Year

  • Daniel Finkelstein The Times
  • Peter Oborne The Daily Telegraph
  • Andrew Rawnsley The Observer
  • Mary Riddell The Daily Telegraph
  • Andrew Sparrow The Guardian
  • Holly Watt The Daily Telegraph
  • Simon Walters The Mail on Sunday

Foreign Reporter of the Year

  • Ghaith Abdul-Ahad The Guardian
  • Miles Amoore The Sunday Times
  • Andrew Buncombe The Independent
  • Charles Clover The Financial Times
  • Richard Jones The Mail on Sunday
  • Edward Luce The Financial Times

Showbiz Reporter of the Year

  • Clemmie Moodie The Daily Mirror
  • Stephen Moyes News of the World
  • Sara Nathan Daily Mail
  • Colin Robertson The Sun
  • Gordon Smart The Sun
  • Dan Wootton News of the World

Sports Journalist of the Year

  • Steven Howard The Sun
  • James Lawton The Independent
  • Matt Lawton Daily Mail
  • Simon Mullock Sunday Mirror
  • Ian Ridley The Mail on Sunday
  • Martin Samuel Daily Mail
  • Henry Winter The Daily Telegraph

Specialist Journalist of the Year

  • Brian Deer The Sunday Times
  • Chris Giles The Financial Times
  • Ruth Gledhill The Times
  • Deborah Haynes The Times
  • Jason Lewis The Mail on Sunday
  • John Naughton The Observer
  • Sean O’Neill The Times

Feature Writer of the Year

  • John Arlidge The Sunday Times
  • David Cohen London Evening Standard
  • Rachel Cooke The Observer
  • Amelia Gentleman The Guardian
  • Eleanor Mills The Sunday Times
  • David James Smith The Sunday Times Magazine

Interviewer of the Year

  • Decca Aitkenhead The Guardian
  • Lynn Barber The Sunday Times
  • Ginny Dougary The Times
  • Jane Fryer Daily Mail
  • Caitlin Moran The Times
  • Jon Ronson The Guardian

Critic of the Year

  • Craig Brown Mail on Sunday
  • Robbie Collin News of the World
  • Robert Harris The Sunday Times
  • Caitlin Moran The Times
  • Alexis Petridis The Guardian
  • Anthony Quinn The Independent

Columnist of the Year

  • Craig Brown Daily Mail
  • Peter Hitchins The Mail on Sunday
  • Liz Jones The Mail on Sunday
  • Fraser Nelson News of the World
  • Matthew Parris The Times
  • Melanie Reid The Times
  • Alan Watkins The Independent on Sunday

News Reporter of the Year

  • Nick Davies & David Leigh The Guardian
  • Brian Deer The Sunday Times
  • Insight – Jonathan Calvert and Claire Newell The Sunday Times
  • Mazher Mahmood News of the World
  • Lucy Thornton The Daily Mirror
  • Holly Watt The Daily Telegraph

Photographer of the Year

  • Matt Cardy Getty Images
  • Anthony Devlin The Press Association
  • Dominic Lipinski The Press Association
  • Edward Mulholland The Daily Telegraph
  • Stefan Rousseau The Press Association
  • Jeremy Selwyn London Evening Standard

Sports Photographer of the Year

  • Graham Chadwick Daily Mail
  • John Giles The Press Association
  • Dylan Martinez Reuters
  • Mark Pain The Mail on Sunday
  • Richard Pelham The Sun
  • Carl Recine Action Images

Cartoonist of the Year

  • Steve Bell The Guardian
  • Peter Brookes The Times
  • Nick Garland The Daily Telegraph
  • Nick Newman The Sunday Times
  • Matt Pritchett The Daily Telegraph
  • Neil Kerber & David Black The Daily Mirror
  • Chris Riddell The Observer

Regular Supplement of the Year

  • You Magazine The Mail on Sunday
  • G2 The Guardian
  • Live Magazine The Mail on Sunday
  • Buzz The Sun
  • Fabulous News of the World
  • The Times Magazine The Times
  • Sunday Times Magazine Sunday Times

Special Supplement of the Year

  • David Cameron, The Journey The Sun
  • World Cup 2010 Guide The Guardian
  • Factfile UK The Guardian
  • Michael Jackson Tribute News of the World
  • Battle of Britain The Sunday Telegraph
  • Style Fashion Special The Sunday Times

Front Page of the Year

  • Brutality The Mail on Sunday
  • World Cup Weather The Sun
  • Caught! News of the World
  • A Very Civil Partnership London Evening Standard
  • A Gadget to Die For? The Independent
  • Pinickio The Daily Mirror

Scoop of the Year

  • The Treasury Chief, his secret lover and the £40k claim The Daily Telegraph
  • Lib Dem Tapes The Daily Telegraph
  • Cricket Corruption News of the World
  • WikiLeaks The Guardian
  • Hacking The Guardian
  • World Cup: Cash for Votes Scandal The Sunday Times
  • Wayne Rooney and the Vice Girl Sunday Mirror
  • The Secret Life of John Venables The Daily Mirror

Campaign of the Year

  • Sarah’s Law News of the World
  • Cobain Torture The Guardian
  • Dispossessed Evening Standard
  • Defence: The Wasted Billions The Times
  • NPower The Times
  • Stop the Stoning The Times
  • Clamping Daily Mail

Digital Innovation of the Year

  • General Election 2010 Telegraph Media Group
  • WikiLeaks The Guardian
  • The Times Ipad App The Times
  • Eureka Ipad App The Times
  • The Sunday Times Ipad App The Sunday Times
  • Mail Online Daily Mail

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