About this event


The British Journalism Awards for public interest journalism will be held on December 10 at the Hilton Bankside in central London.
Launched in 2012, this event is unique among the major journalism prizes in the UK in that it is open to all journalists working across all types of media.
Created partly as a response to the hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry, these awards aim to celebrate and promote great journalism which is both interesting to the public AND in the public interest.
Last year the winners ranged from the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman who collected the Journalist of the Year award for her reporting on the Windrush scandal to Buzzfeed LGBT editor Patrick Strudwick who took the Specialist Journalism prize.
The 50+ British Journalism Awards judges include 11 former national newspaper editors and are chosen for their experience and expertise. The judges are chaired by Press Gazette editor-in-chief Dominic Ponsford.
The British Journalism Awards has grown every year since it was first held at Stationers' Hall in the City of London six years ago. It is now a drinks reception, three-course dinner and awards ceremony.
Last year the award attracted nearly 500 entries from every major national news organisation in the UK.
Ponsford said: “The British Journalism Awards is an event which is unashamedly idealistic in its aims, but this doesn’t mean that great popular journalism won’t be recognised.
"On the contrary, this event is as much about celebrating sensational journalism in the mould of that promoted by the Daily Mirror’s Hugh Cudlipp as it is about recognising high-minded investigations of the sort pursued by the Sunday Times Insight Team under Harold Evans.
“Crucially, the British Journalism Awards will recognise the best journalists of the year regardless of the medium they work on – be it print, online or broadcasting."
For information about sponsorship, please contact commercial manager Kalpesh Vadher at kalpesh.vadher@pressgazette.co.uk or 0203 096 2261.
To enquire about tickets for the awards dinner, please email pged@pressgazette.co.uk or call 0207 936 6436.
Entries will open on 1 August 2019.

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Kurt Barling

Middlesex University Professor, writer and broadcaster

Giles Barrie

Giles is a former Editor-In-Chief of Property Week who started in journalism at its predecessor Estates Times in 1988. He has also worked as News Editor at the architects’ paper Building Design and as Deputy Editor at Building magazine. During his time at Property Week he led the brand to the Professional Publishers Association Weekly Magazine of the Year award in 2007 and 2009 and to the PPA Business Media Brand of the Year title in 2012. He also led propertyweek.com to the Association of Online Publishers’ Editorial Team of the Year title in 2010 and the Business Website of the Year title in 2012. Giles was later named PPA Business Editor of the Year in 2009, and British Society of Magazine Editors Business Editor of the Year in 2012. Since joining FTI Consulting in 2013 he has worked on a number of corporate and financial PR briefs, focused on the built environment.

Luke Blair


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

Martin Couzins

Martin is the director of B2B content and communications agency Itsdevelopmental Ltd, which he set up after 17 years of working in business journalism at Reed Business Information.

Michael Crozier

Michael Crozier is Editorial Director of Crozier Associates

Ralph Cunningham

Ralph Cunningham is a freelance editor and writer, and the director of the Hong Kong-based Sands Street Media Limited

Polly Curtis

Editor/Partner at Tortoise Media, former editor-in-chief of Huffpost UK

John Dale

In a career spanning 50 years John Dale pioneered citizen journalism through a new genre of award-winning magazines such as Take a Break. He is the author of 24 Hours In Journalism, worked for two decades on national newspapers and, more recently, founded the internet-based Brentford TV, the UK's first constituency TV channel.

Brian Flyn

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

Karen Fowler-Watt

Dr Karen Fowler-Watt is a former senior BBC journalist, who worked for news and current affairs programmes The World at One and PM, as well as in the field; in the Middle East, covering the first Gulf War, in Moscow and in the US. Now, as a senior academic at Bournemouth University, she is engaged in reflection on issues associated with journalism, with the aim of seeking best practices. Her research focuses on empathy in reporting conflict, trauma awareness in journalism education and marginalised voices. She works closely with Global Voices and she is currently co-investigator for a funded project working with children affected by the civil conflict in Colombia and another on fake news and media literacy.

Alan Geere

Alan Geere’s 40-year career in newspaper management

Liz Gerard

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

Rod Gilchrist

Former Mail on Sunday deputy editor Rod Gilchrist has more than 50 years experience in journalism.

Mike Gilson

Michael Gilson is a former newspaper editor of 20 years standing. His titles include the Belfast Telegraph, The Scotsman, The News, Portsmouth and The Argus, Brighton. In 2014 he was the Northern Ireland Journalist of the Year and his newspapers have been regular award-winners. He has also served on the former Press Complaints Commission code committee for six years until 2009 and was a director of the Regulatory Funding Company which oversees IPSO. He is also an associate fellow at the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex and is studying for an MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He still writes on journalism for academic journals. He is now a communications director working for, among others Greater Brighton and Adur and Worthing Councils.

Leon Hawthorne

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

Lindsey Hilsum

Lindsey Hilsum is the International Editor of Channel 4 News, and the author of a forthcoming book

Christopher Hird

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

Stephen Jukes

Stephen Jukes is Professor of Journalism at Bournemouth University's School of Journalism, English & Communication.

Dr Paul Lashmar

Dr Paul Lashmar is Deputy Head of Journalism at City, University of London

Robin Latchem

Robin joined Emap in 2008, initially as digital editor with Local Government Chronicle. In 2011

Geoffrey Lean

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

Anthony Longden

Anthony Longden has been a journalist for 36 years

John Mair

Former BBC producer and editor of 10 books on journalism

Lee Mallett

Lee is an urbanist and a regular contributor to the London Evening Standard’s Homes & Property Supplement. His work is about communicating ideas in the built environment for developers, architects and public sector agencies. He qualified and worked as a chartered surveyor before editing weekly trade magazines Property Week and Building Design and he has an MA in urban design.

Gren Manuel

Gren Manuel is formerly executive editor for Europe for the Wall Street Journal and editor of Financial News.

Freddy Mayhew

Editor of Press Gazette who started his career in local news

Rob McGibbon

Rob McGibbon is an author and freelance journalist who as written for numerous national newspapers and magazines since 1986. He is also a producer at Scoop Films

Simon Middelboe

After more than 30 years in B2B media, as a reporter, editor and then publisher, Simon Middelboe now runs his own consulting firm, Unicorn Digital Media, in the main helping publishers create more valuable, paid-for content propositions.

Robin Morgan

CEO and founder of Iconic Images

Vincent Moss

Former Sunday Mirror political editor with 25 years experience in senior editorial positions on national and regional titles, including Mail on Sunday & Bristol Post.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray is an award-winning journalist with almost 40-years’ experience in newsrooms and working with the British media.

Eric Musgrave

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.

Dawn Neesom

Columnist and broadcaster. Her editorship of the Daily Star editor made her the longest serving female national newspaper editor.

Sam Ogle

A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sam Ogle began his journalistic career on the Belfast Telegraph evening newspaper at the height of the IRA bombing campaign in the 1970s. At that time, and in those circumstances, there was no shortage of hard news to be covered. Later, he plied his trade for four years as an expatriate in the Ivory Coast followed by two years in Senegal and two in New York. Now resident in London, he edited Think Law magazine before specialising for the last thirteen years in the automotive logistics and supply chain industry. He has been editor of several automotive publications and, for the last six-and-a-half years, Automotive Purchasing & Supply Chain. He has moderated, and taken part in, panel discussions at automotive conferences in the UK, the USA, Russia, Turkey, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Mexico.

Iain Overton

Iain Overton is the Executive Director of Action on Armed Violence, and an investigative journalist. Having worked in over two dozen conflict zones, and a former BBC and ITN journalist, Overton’s human rights reporting has been awarded a Peabody Award, two Amnesty Awards, and a BAFTA Scotland among others. He was an executive producer on both Dispatches and Panorama and was the founding editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He has also written for the Guardian, the LA Times, Open Democracy, the Independent and the Huffington Post. He has been a lecturer in investigative journalism at a number of UK universities, including Birkbeck. His first book - Gun Baby Gun - was published in the UK in April, 2015 and was shortlisted for a Golden Dagger Award. His second book The Price of Paradise – how suicide bombers have helped shaped the modern world – was published in April, 2019.

Dominic Ponsford

Editor-in-chief of Press Gazette and chairman of the judges

Paul Reeve

Director of CSR and Communications, ECA

Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan is the media director of Save the Children

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

Jane Singer

Professor of Journalism Innovation at City University London

Becky Slack

Becky Slack has spent most of her career writing for, and editing, specialist titles, ranging from charity sector trade magazines through to B2B supplements for publications, such as the New Statesman, Guardian and Independent.

Jon Slattery

Independent Media blogger/freelance Journalist

Moira Sleight

Moira Sleight is Editor and Publisher of the Methodist Recorder weekly national newspaper and a Board member of both the Society of Editors and the London Press Club.

Hannah Stevenson

Hannah used to be a Copywriter and Award’s Editorial Manager for AI Global Media, a specialist B2B publishing house whose titles include Acquisition International Magazine, Wealth & Finance International and SME News.

Jeremy Thompson

Jeremy Thompson is one of the UK’s most experienced and acclaimed TV newsmen. He started as a journalist in newspapers and went on to spend over 40 years in network TV news with the BBC, ITN and Sky News, reporting from every corner of the world. He ran bureaux in Asia, Africa and America, covering many of the most important news stories of our times, including Tiananmen Square, the election of Nelson Mandela, 9/11, two Gulf Wars, the Balkan conflict, the Genocide in Rwanda, the War on Terror and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. He became Sky’s early evening news anchor and pioneered presenting from the frontline for nearly two decades, winning many accolades, including three Emmys, three BAFTAs and the Royal Television Society’s Presenter of the Year Award. Jeremy recently retired from full-time TV news presenting, signing off his illustrious career with coverage of his sixth and most unusual US presidential campaign - the election of Donald Trump. His very successful autobiography ‘Breaking News’ has now been published in paperback.

Charlotte Tobitt

Chief reporter at Press Gazette who started out in local news

Bob Tyrer

Richard Vize

Richard Vize (@RichardVize) has been a commentator on public policy and public services reform for more than 25 years

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is a writer, author and broadcaster. He has worked on the staffs of The Observer, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, where he edited the Mandrake diary for 12 years. He writes election diaries for the Daily Mirror and has lately revived Mandrake in The New European.

Rosie Waterhouse

Rosie Waterhouse PhD is an experienced investigative journalist having worked for local and regional newspapers, five national newspapers including the Sunday Times Insight Team (twice), the Independent and Independent on Sunday (Investigations Editor), the Mail on Sunday, and the Daily Telegraph and as a reporter for BBC Newsnight. Until September 2016 she was Director of the MA in Investigative Journalism at City University London. She is now working freelance and most recently wrote a series of articles in Private Eye on the 'Satanic Panic' and false historical allegations of child sex abuse. She has contributed freelance work to New Scientist, New Statesman, the Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and acted as consultant to BBC Newsnight and BBC Real Story. Her seminal investigation published in the Independent on Sunday in August 1990, The Making of a Satanic Myth, is cited as one of the first investigations by a journalist – or any academic researcher – to expose the origins and spread of the myth. Rosie has been researching false allegations of child sexual abuse – in one guise or another – for 28 years and her published work on these issues forms the basis of her PhD by Prior Publication, awarded by City University London in August 2014. Her thesis is entitled “Satanic abuse, false memories, weird beliefs and moral panics: Anatomy of a 24 year investigation”.

Lloyd Watson

Lloyd Watson has worked for regional newspapers and in regional television, becoming Head of News and Current Affairs. He was Duty Editor at GMTV, before becoming Senior Output Editor for Reuters. His last position with Thompson Reuters was as Editor Television Production. He now runs his own media consultancy and is a visiting lecturer at City, University of London. He is a regular judge for the Royal Television Society awards and has also judged the Rory Peck Trust awards.

David Worsfold

David Worsfold is best known for his work as an award-winning financial journalist, in particular as a writer on the financial services which he has covered for over 35 years. As well as editing a range of leading insurance titles, including Post and Insurance Age, David wrote for The Guardian for several years and has contributed to most major national newspapers. He has appeared on radio and television as a commentator on insurance and financial issues and is an experienced conference speaker and facilitator. Among his many achievements, David launched the British Insurance Awards – now the most successful B2B awards scheme in the UK. From 2005 to 2013 he was Group Editorial Services Director of Incisive Media where he launched a successful editorial graduate training scheme. Since 2013 he has been a freelance writer, editorial trainer and presenter. His first book Fighting for the Empire was published in 2016. He has had two books published by Business Expert Press: Twitter for Financial Services (2017) and From Behind the Desk to the Front of the Stage (2018)

Dominic Young

Dominic Young is CEO of Axate, which is making consumer revenue streams available for any publisher by removing all the barriers – including subscription

Patrick Younge

Has 24 years experience working in news, sport, commissioning and production across ITV, BBC and Channel 4.

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