The awards season
Andrew Norfolk is star of the night - again - as Times runs away with the big prizes
Tuesday 10 March, 2015
Andrew Norfolk of The Times collected another two prizes - and standing ovations - for his work in exposing sexual exploitation in Rotherham when he was named reporter of the year and presented with the Hugh Cudlipp award at the Press Awards tonight.
"Working for so long now on a story so remorselessly bleak that at times you almost despair for humanity, I've learned that never has it been more important for me to try to remember that this is just a job and not my whole life," he said before thanking Spurs star Harry Kane as his lifesaver.
Norfolk's work played a large part in the judges' decision to name The Times as newspaper of the year. They said: "Its searing investigation has changed the way the UK treats the issue of child abuse."
Norfolk's colleague Anthony Loyd, who was kidnapped with photographer Jack Hill in Syria last year, was named broadsheet feature writer of the year for his account of the experience. Peter Brookes, Matthew Parris and Marc Aspland joined the charge on a spectacular night for the paper with the cartoonist, political journalist and sports photographer awards. The paper's Saturday magazine completed the haul, winning the prize for best supplement.
The Mirror also had a good night, with Andrew Gregory and Halina Watts picking up prizes for science and health and showbiz reporting. Tom Parry was named pop feature writer of the year, Rowan Griffiths was photographer of the year, and the paper also collected the digital award.
Scoop of the year went to the Mail on Sunday for its 62p-an-hour exposé of the conditions in which the Fawcett Society's "This is what a feminist looks like" t- shirts were made. The Mail's Peter Campbell was named young journalist of the year, Quentin Letts was pop columnist of the year, Rebecca Hardy pop interviewer, and Matt Lawton sports journalist.
Other winners included the Telegraph cartoonist Matt Pritchett, who was presented with the Journalists' Charity award; and Jonathan Grun, the retiring PA editor, who took the chairman's award. The broadsheet columnist award went to Mark Steel of the Independent; Simon Goodley of the Guardian was business and finance journalist, Patrick Cockburn of the Independent was foreign writer, Pilita Clark of the FT specialist writer of the year, David Sexton of the London Evening Standard critic of the year, and Bryan Appleyard of the Sunday Times won the award for broadsheet interviewer.
In the "team" awards, The Independent on Sunday was a popular winner of the front page award for its largely black cover with a little bit of white type saying "here is the news, not the propaganda" after the murder of Alan Henning. Editor Lisa Markwell thanked her entire staff of eleven and said they had proved that little papers could do big things.
News team of the year was the Sunday Times for its coverage of the Fifa scandal. The FT won the business award and the Daily Record the sports prize.
The inaugural £4,000 Georgina Henry bursary for an innovative woman journalist went to Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project.
She was one of only three women to be honoured in a night dominated by men, although Nicola Jeal of the Times magazine and Lisa Markwell of the Independent on Sunday collected team prizes.
Sports snappers with eyes on the prize
Wednesday 25 February More than a thousand photographs have been scrutinised by the Sports Journalists' Association awards judges to produce the finalists in four categories: sports news picture, specialist portfolio, sports picture and sports porfolio. The top prize of Sports photographer of the year will be chosen from the two portfolios and announced at the awards dinner next month. Simon Stacpoole's shot of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero was shortlisted for the sports picture award, and will be up against Matthew Lewis's picture of Dwayne Bravo's catch for the West Indies during the World Twenty20 cricket tournament in Bangladesh.
Candidates in the news category include Graham Chadwick's golf celebration for the Daily Mail and Henry Browne's painful rugby photograph, below.
The full shortlists can be seen here.
For writing and broadcasting shortlists, please scroll down the page
Gulf investigations share Paul Foot award
Wednesday 25 February Two investigations into corruption involving Gulf states have shared this year's Paul Foot award for campaigning and investigative journalism.
Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert of the Sunday Times, who won three prizes at the British Journalism Awards in December, are joint winners for their "Fifa files" work on Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup, along with Richard Brooks and Andrew Bousfield of Private Eye, who investigated British government arms contracts with Saudi Arabia. Read more about their work here.
Claire Newell, Holly Watt, Claire Duffin and Ben Bryant of the Telegraph, who uncovered evidence of direct payments from Qatar to officials who voted for the country's World Cup bid, were among the runners-up. The other finalists were Richard Pendlebury of the Daily Mail for his series on exploitation of migrants, George Monbiot of the Guardian for highlighting how farming can lead to flooding, Mark Townsend of the Observer for his work on sexual abuse at Yarl's Wood immigrant detention centre, and Dominic Ponsford and Will Turvill of Press Gazette for their RIPA campaign.
Press Gazette is also one of eight finalists in the editorial campaign category of the British Media Awards. Others include the Guardian's "end female genital mutilation" campaign, "feeling nuts" from Attention Seekers, and the BBC's Good Food Nation. The awards endeavour to cover the whole spectrum of media, including print, digital and broadcasting, editorial, sales and marketing. The winners will be announced at the Brewery, London, on May 6. All the finalists can be seen here - and there are links for those who wish to book a table, or a seat at one, for £450 per person.
Read more about the Save Our Sources campaign here
Foot winners to meet again at SJA dinner
Friday 27 February, 2015 Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert have turned up on another couple of awards shortlists - this time they are among finalists for the SJA's investigative sports reporter and scoop of the year prizes. Up against them again for the investigation award are Paul Foot rivals Claire Newell and Holly Watt of the Telegraph. Others nominated for two awards include Mike Atherton, Martin Samuel (pictured with the sportswriter of the year award last year), Henry Winter, Paul Hayward, Jeff Powell, Matt Lawton and Nick Hoult.
A record 231 entries were submitted for the awards, with every national title represented and a doubling of entries from the regions. Tom Clarke, chairman of the judges, said: “Budgets are being trimmed, journalists, staff and freelance, are being off-loaded, deadlines are tighter, but the standard of British sports journalism is as good as ever – in some cases even better."
The awards will be presented on March 23.
See all the writing finalists here...See the broadcast finalists here
BJA hat-trick for Insight reporters
Wednesday 3 December Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert picked up three prizes at Press Gazette's British Journalism Awards last night for their Sunday Times investigations into Fifa and the way RBS was driving small businesses to the wall.
The Insight pair won the sports, business and investigation awards, and their colleague George Arbuthnott was honoured for his work on slavery in Britain.
The top award of the night - journalist of the year - went to Andrew Norfolk of The Times, left, for four years of persistence that finally forced police and the council in Rotherham to confront their own negligence in allowing 1,400 children to be forced into prostitution by predatory Pakistanis.
The paper's war correspondent Anthony Loyd was honoured with the Marie Colvin award, which recognises journalists who raise the reputation and standing of the craft, and a good night for Times newspapers was completed with the politics award. That went to Greg Hurst, Francis Elliott, Rachael Sylvester and Alice Thomson for their work on "Trojan schools".
The keynote speech at the Stationers' Hall was given by Ipso chairman Sir Alan Moses, who encouraged journalists to continue exposing heroes and villains without fear or favour.
See the full list of winners on the Press Gazette website here
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