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The British Journalism Awards reward great public interest journalism regardless of the medium it appears in.
Launched partly as a response to the hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry, these awards are now in their sixth year and are seen as the UK's equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize in the US.

The 2018 British Journalism Awards are held in London December.


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Categories and Shortlists

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    Arts and Entertainment Journalism

    For the journalist working in the field of the arts and entertainment who has done the most to bring newsworthy information to light and make a difference. The emphasis here is on reportage and investigation rather than criticism or comment. This category covers all aspects of the entertainment industry, showbiz and the creative arts. Collaborative entries are accepted.

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    Business, Finance and Economics Journalism

    For the journalist who has done the most to probe and investigate the world of business. Collaborative entries are accepted.

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    Campaign of the Year

    Sponsored by
    For the series of articles, broadcasts or digital project which has done the most to make a difference in society and serve the public interest. You cannot enter the same work in Campaign and Investigation categories.
    Judges will be looking for evidence of a campaign’s impact, originality, bravery, skill of execution and at how journalism has been used to further the campaign’s objectives.

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    Comment Journalism

    This new category is for the best comment journalist of the year.
    The judges are looking for the most incisive comment which has brought new ideas and thinking to bear when discussing a matter of public interest.

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    This category is for the best journalism innovation of the year.
    The judges are looking for a project which brings new information to light on a matter of public interest either directly, or indirectly by creating a new stream of revenue.
    Innovative digital storytelling can be submitted in this category but it is also open to print and broadcast work.
    Suitable entries could include:
    A new editorial product or method of storytelling which has found a new audience
    An innovative way of investigating a story
    A paywall or other commercial strategy which helps to pay for journalism.
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    Features Journalism

    This is for the best features journalist of the year. It rewards excellent journalism on a matter of public interest which could be descriptive, of a human interest nature or based on an interview. This category is not intended for investigations or comment. Open to broadcasters, written pieces and digital projects. Collaborative entries are accepted.

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    Foreign Affairs Journalism

    For the journalist working for a UK audience, whose reports from overseas have done the most to serve the public interest. For print/online entries, provide up to three supporting articles. For broadcasters, up to three video or audio news clips, or one news programme (half hour or longer) can be submitted. Collaborative (team) entries are accepted. Supporting statement of up to 500 words.

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    Investigation of the Year - sponsored by Transparency International

    For the most incisive and revelatory public interest investigation of the year (you cannot enter the same work in Campaign and Investigation). Collaborative (team) entries are accepted.
    The judges will be looking for work which is compelling and which brings significant new information to light on a matter of public interest.

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    Journalist of the Year

    For the outstanding British journalist of the year. Journalists entered in other categories will automatically be considered for this prize – but stand-alone entries can also be made for this award.
    There is no shortlist for this prize – the winner will be announced on the night.
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    Local Heroes Award

    This category is for the best journalism at a local and regional level.
    It is open to local newspapers, websites and broadcast outlets. Those working for news outlets aimed at a national audience cannot enter this category.
    Journalists can enter this category as individuals or teams. They may want to highlight one particular project, investigation, campaign or linked series of news stories.
    The judges are looking for work which has done the most to bring new information to light on a matter of public interest and for journalism which has made a difference for the better at a local level.

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    New Journalist of the Year - sponsored by Bournemouth University

    This award is for a relative newcomer to the industry (who may have worked in other jobs before) and has been a journalist for less than 36 months. Work most show evidence of being revelatory and serving the public interest.
    The judges are looking for the new journalist who has done the most to bring new information to light on a matter of public interest.

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    News Provider of the Year

    For the news organisation which has done the most to provide journalism which is interesting to the public and in the public interest. Open to newspapers, magazines, websites and broadcast outlets.
    This new category is for the news provider which has excelled in terms of serving the public interest and bringing new information to light.
    It is open to individual newspaper and magazine titles, websites and broadcast news programmes. News channels can enter this award as can news agencies.
    The judges are looking for a news provider which stands out because of the quality of its investigative journalism and ability to break news on matters of public interest.

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    For the photographer whose work has done the most to serve the public interest. Submit up to three photos (Jpeg files). Entrants can also provide PDFs of the photos as they appeared in print or online. Six-file limit per entry. Supporting statement of up to 500 words.

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    Politics Journalism

    This category is for the best politics journalism published in any format aimed at a mainly UK audience.
    The judges are looking for work which brings new information to light and which serves the public interest. Collaborative (team) entries are accepted.

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    Popular Journalism

    This is the prize for the journalist who has done the most to serve the public interest with a piece of journalism which also has mass market appeal. Open to tabloid and mid-market newspapers, broadcast journalism with a mass-market audience and website journalism which has mass appeal. For print/online entries provide up to three supporting articles. For broadcasters up to three video or audio news clips, or one news programme (half hour or longer), can be submitted. Collaborative (team) entries are accepted. Supporting statement of up to 500 words.

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    Science and Health Journalism

    Aimed at journalists who cover science, health and the environment, with a focus on those involved in investigative features and news (rather than comment). Collaborative (team) entries are accepted.
    Note: Technology now has its own category.

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    Scoop of the Year

    This is the prize for the best story of the year (you can only enter one story for this award).
    The judges are looking for work which had an impact, brought new information to light and which served the public interest.

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    Specialist Journalism

    A prize recognising the best public interest journalism on specialist/B2B newspapers, magazines, websites and broadcast outlets. This is for journalism aimed at a specialist business, trade or other interest areas.
    Specialist journalists on general interest publications (such as national newspapers) can enter for this award if their specialism is not covered by other categories. Collaborative (team) entries are accepted.
    Specialist titles can – if they wish – enter the same work in this category and another.

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    Sports Journalism

    Aimed at the sports journalist who has done the most to investigate the world of sport and serve the public interest. Collaborative (team) entries are accepted.
    Preference will be given to articles which are revelatory and which hold those involved in sport to account.

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    Technology Journalism - sponsored by Huawei

    For the journalist who has done the most over the course of the year to investigate the world of technology and serve the public interest. Collaborative (team) entries are accepted.

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    The Marie Colvin award

    This category was launched in memory of the late Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin – who was killed reporting on the plight of people in the besieged Syrian city of Homs in 2012. It is free to enter and anyone can make a nomination. The judges are looking for a journalist who has raised the reputation of journalism and journalists through their efforts to bear witness to events in the way that Colvin did. The judges are particularly keen to recognise and encourage younger journalists who could be a “new Marie in the making” as one put it.

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    Investigation (Global)

    This is a new category to showcase outstanding investigative journalism by news orgnisations outside the UK. This is only for work aimed at an international audience.


Meet the judges

David Banks

Former editor of the Daily Mirror

Kurt Barling

Middlesex University Professor, writer and broadcaster

Luke Blair

Luke is on the leadership team of one of the world’s top ten universities, Imperial College London, where he is responsible for all of the organisation’s communications. A former journalist, Luke cut his teeth on local papers in Berkshire and East Anglia before settling in London where he worked in the lobby, and spent four years on the Evening Standard

Henry Bonsu

Broadcaster, journalist and writer. Formerly with the BBC

Heather Brooke

Journalism professor and Freedom of Information campaigner

Paul Charman

Freelance journalist and media consultant

Peter Cole

Emeritus professor of journalism at Sheffield University

Michael Crozier

Michael Crozier is Editorial Director of Crozier Associates

John Dale

Journalist and founded the internet-based Brentford TV, the UK's first constituency TV channel

Graham Dudman

Former managing editor of The Sun

Kim Fletcher

Brian Flynn

Brian Flynn is a former investigations editor of The Sun.

Neil Fowler

Former editor of Which?, the Toronto Sun and four UK regional daily newspapers

Vivenne Francis

Vivienne leads the BA (Hons) Journalism course at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

Alan Geere

Former editor with 30 years experience in more than 200 newsrooms around the globe

Liz Gerard

Former night editor of The Times with 40 years experience in journalism - author of the SubScribe blog

Leon Hawthorne

Leon Hawthorne is a journalist, broadcaster, erstwhile TV executive and consultant on digital content strategy for newspaper and magazine groups.

Christopher Hird

Former editor of The Sunday Times Insight Team and of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Lis Howell

Professor of journalism and former managing editor of Sky News

Geoffrey Lean

Environmental journalist. Formerly Yorkshire Post, Observer, Independent on Sunday and Daily Telegraph

Anthony Longden

Anthony Longden has been a journalist for nearly 35 years, 22 of them spent as an editor and senior editorial executive in various regional companies in the UK

John Mair

Former BBC producer and editor of 10 books on journalism

Rob McGibbon

Rob McGibbon has written for various national newspapers and magazines since 1986. He currently writes The Definite Article weekly interview column for the Daily Mail, a format he created and launched in 2011.

Rosalind Mckenzie

NCTJ course leader at UCFB, former journalists on the News of the World

Robin Morgan

CEO and founder of Iconic Images

Vincent Moss

Ian Murray

Ian Murray is deputy executive director of the Society of Editors who formerly spent 19 years as editor of the Southampton-based Southern Daily Echo.


Eric Musgrave has spent almost 40 years commenting on the fashion industry. He has been editor of Drapers twice – and was named PPA Business Weekly Editor of the Year during each stint, 12 years apart.

Nic Newman

Nic Newman is a digital media strategist, speaker and trainer who is lead author of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report. Former controller future media, journalism, at the BBC.

Iain Overton

Human Rights Researcher, writer, film maker and Executive Director

Eve Pollard

Vice-Chairman of the women’s health charity Wellbeing of Women since 2003 and was Chairman of the BBC Radio 4

Ben Raza

Ben Raza is a content editor for Johnston Press, and works on a range of titles across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Murdoch Rogers

Producer with thirty years television experience of investigative journalism

Bridget Rowe

Former editor Woman's Own, TV Times Sunday Mirror and The People

Sean Ryan

Director of media for Save the Children UK and former Sunday Times foreign editor

Fergus Shanahan

Fergus Shanahan is a former deputy editor and executive editor of The Sun.

Mary Ann Sieghart

Journalist, radio presenter and former assistant editor of The Times

Jon Slattery

Independent Media blogger/freelance Journalist

Moira Sleight

Director, Recorder Editor and Publisher

Jeremy Thompson

Jeremy Thompson retired from Sky News in 2016 after joining thee channel in 1993. He had a 50-year career in journalism and his memoirs, JT Breaking News an Autobiography are due to be published in October

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is a writer, author and broadcaster. Formerly the Daily Telegraph's Mandrake diarist and theatre critic, he has more recently edited the Daily Mirror's Heckler election diary.

Neil Wallis

Former editor of The People and deputy editor of the News of the World

Rosie Waterhouse

Former Director, MA in Investigative Journalism, City University London

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The 2018 British Journalism Awards are sponsored by

Camden Town

Camden Town Brewery was founded back in 2010 with the aim of spreading the joy of great beer.

It all started out when Jasper Cuppaidge began brewing beer in the basement of his pub, The Horseshoe in Hampstead, for him to serve on the bar upstairs. He then moved under 6 railway arches in Camden where we brewed our very first beer that same year - Camden Hells Lager.

In 2017, we outgrew our space under the arches, and opened the doors to our second Home of Hells up in Enfield, North London with a party amongst the tanks.

Cision Gorkana Jobs

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Are you looking for the next step in your journalism or PR career and want to find the very best roles?
Cision Gorkana Jobs is the UK’s leading website for journalism vacancies. We cover all areas of the media and carry roles from interns to managing editors.
We work with the biggest and best employers to ensure the site has amazing jobs you will want to apply for.
We have rules in place to ensure all internship roles are paid at fair rates.
Follow us on Twitter to ensure you see all our most relevant jobs. We will also answer questions and offer advice through this channel - @gjournojobs.


Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc

Transparency International UK

Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is the UK chapter of Transparency International, the global movement against corruption. TI-UK fights corruption by promoting changes in values attitudes and behaviour at home and abroad, through programmes that draw on the UK’s unique position as a global political and financial centre. TI-UK successfully campaigned for the introduction of the UK Bribery Act and more recently the Criminal Finances Act that will make it tougher for corrupt individuals to use the UK to launder stolen money.


Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University (BU) has a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability. We have over 17,000 students, of which 1,500 are international students from around 130 countries.
We are proud to be ranked in the top 150 young universities in the world (THE Young University Rankings) and rose 18 places in The Guardian University Guide 2017. Our graduate employment rates are consistently high at over 90%.
Our Faculty of Media & Communication has over 4,000 students, and over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our School of Journalism, English and Communication has a great reputation for innovative, collaborative, industry-leading courses where students gain relevant industry experience and the ability to put what you have learned into practice. We have courses in Multimedia Journalism, English, Communication & Media Creative Writing & Publishing and Literary Media at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our close industry links with media industries such as BBC, Thomson Reuters and Newsquest ensure our courses remain relevant and ensure students are well prepared once they graduate.
We’re proud to be supporting the British Journalism Awards – good luck to everyone shortlisted!


Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) company. Based in Shenzhen in China and operating in 170 countries worldwide, Huawei is driven by a commitment to innovation, and open collaboration in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud technology. Huawei employs 180,000 people worldwide and more than 1,300 in the UK where it works in partnership with the major telecom operators (BT/EE, Vodafone, Three, Talk Talk). Huawei also enjoys a close relationship with many of the top universities in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Manchester and Surrey, where it is supporting research in a number of ICT-related fields

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Entry Information

Entires submitted must have been published between September 2016 - September 2017 in order to be counted in this years British Journalim Awards

Entry Prices:

Earlybird Regional £60.00
Earlybird National £85.00
Standard Regional £75.00
Standard National £100.00

Early bird rate is available until 7th September
Entry deadline is 28th September

Ticket Prices:

Earlybird Regional £125.00
Earlybird National £175.00
Earlybird PR £250.00
Earlybird Regional table of 10 £1,100.00
Earlybird National table of 10 £1,550.00
Earlybird PR / Non Industry table of 10 £2,250.00
Regional £150.00
National £200.00
PR / None Industry £300.00
Regional table of 10 £1,300.00
National table of 10 £1,750.00
PR table of 10 £2,750.00
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