Wharf wins two awards for better pay campaign

Martin: "highly professional"

The Wharf has won two awards for its campaigning journalism.

The local paper for Canary Wharf was named Newspaper of the Year by wage campaigners The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO), and reporter Allison Martin was Journalist of the Year.

The paper has campaigned for better pay and conditions for cleaners in Canary Wharf – and forced contracting firm OCS to reverse its decision to charge workers for their security passes.

TELCO’s Neil Jameson said: "The Wharf’s investigative reporting and respect for fair play and just conditions for low-paid workers has been an example of British journalism at its best."

He said Martin was a "highly professional and talented reporter".

The Wharf editor Dan Bourke said: "Journalism, if it’s any good, is all about telling people stuff that other people don’t want them to find out. In this PR-managed age, that is only possible with reporters such as Allison Martin, and with organisations such as TELCO."

The Guardian’s Madeleine Bunting was TELCO’s Broadsheet Journalist of the Year; the BBC’s Tony Smith won Reporter of the Year and freelance Paul Donovan was Religious & Industrial Correspondent of the Year.

The Wharf, which was named Free Newspaper of the Year in the Press Gazette’s Regional Press Awards 2002, is published by Trinity Mirror.

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