Top financial award scooped by regional reporter

Jane Hall, of The Journal , Newcastle is the first regional journalist to have won the British Insurance Brokers’ Association’s journalist of the year, in the 24th awards.

Hall fought off tough competition from journalists on nationals and b2b titles. BIBA chief executive Eric Galbraith said: “The aim of these awards is to reward journalists for helping to further consumers’ understanding of insurance issues, a potentially dry subject. Jane’s piece is a wonderful example of this and the judges were unanimous in their opinion that she is a deserving winner.”

Hall’s winning feature, “Act of God hard to find today” looked at insurance companies’ attitudes to natural disasters such as lightning and flooding.

She said: “I am particularly pleased to be the first regional journalist to win the overall prize.” Hall is features editor at the Journal and also writes financial features for the Liverpool Daily Post and the Western Mail in Cardiff.

Other winners at the awards include Toby Walne from the Daily Mail and Lynn Rouse and Mira Butterworth from Post Magazine.

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