Four Guardian writers have been shortlisted for this year’s Orwell Prize for political journalism.
This year’s seven-strong shortlist – up from six in previous years – also includes writers from Time magazine, the Financial Times and Granta.
This year’s judges are Jewish Chronicle political editor Martin Bright and the author and journalist Michela Wrong, who has been shortlisted for the Orwell book prize three times.
Director of the Orwell Prize Jean Seaton, said: “Wikileaks has shown how vital journalism is to creating public knowledge out of facts, and this year’s shortlist covers the strengths of modern reporting, out on the streets of Britain and the world, witnessing and telling important stories – and then the other end, judging, provoking, thinking.”
Seven bloggers have been shortlisted for the 2011 blog prize which will judged by David Allen Green – who was shortlisted for the same prize in 2011 – and the former political editor of The Observer, Gaby Hinsliff.
The Orwell Prize shortlists are:
Philip Collins – The Times
Amelia Gentleman – The Guardian
Catherine Mayer – TIME
Gideon Rachman – Financial Times
Jenni Russell – Sunday Times; The Guardian
Rachel Shabi – The Guardian
Declan Walsh – The Guardian; Granta
Cath Elliott – toomuchtosayformyself.com
Daniel Hannan – www.hannan.co.uk
Duncan McLaren – www.saga.co.uk/health/carers/blog/visiting-mabel/archive.asp
Graeme Archer – conservativehome.blogs.com/centreright/graeme_archer/index.html
Heresiarch – heresycorner.blogspot.com
Molly Bennett – mid-wife-crisis-blog.blogspot.com
Paul Mason – www.bbc.co.uk/paulmason
Tom Bingham – The Rule of Law
Oliver Bullough – Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus
Helen Dunmore – The Betrayal
Christopher Hitchens – Hitch-22
Afsaneh Moqadam – Death to the Dictator
DR Thorpe – Supermac: The Life of Harold MacMillan
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Church House, Westminster, on 17 May.