The awards celebrate the very best in British journalism.
This year a record 900 journalists and news publishers entered their work into the British Journalism Awards.
The winners were announced today at a virtual ceremony, where Dominic Ponsford, Press Gazette editor-in-chief and chairman of the judges praised the “huge amount to celebrate and admire about the way journalists have risen to the challenge of covering the biggest story since World War Two”.
Highlights from the awards include the announcement of the first winner of the Barbara Blake-Hannah award that was launched to recognise the best up and coming BAME journalists. This year’s winner was Kuba Shand-Baptiste for her work for The Independent. Judges commended her writing, saying that it “was very much in the spirit of Barbara Blake-Hannah”.
The inaugural Public service award – a nod to the Pulitzer prize in the U.S. – given to journalism that clearly demonstrates the impact it can have as a force for good was awarded to the Daily Mail. Its Mail Force campaign supplied over 42 million pieces of PPE at the height of the Covid-19 crisis, raising an incredible £11.7 million. Judges commented that there are few organisations that can rival its “campaigning verve and sheer chutzpah when it takes on an issue”.
Another special award announced today was the Marie Colvin award. Named after the late foreign correspondent at The Sunday Times, the award honours outstanding new journalists of her calibre. This year the award went to The Telegraph’s Sophia Yan, with judges saying that she has a “tenacity and seriousness of purpose that Marie Colvin would have admired”.
And lastly, Scoop of the year went to the journalists behind the Dominic Cummings lockdown breach. Well done to Matthew Weaver, The Guardian and Pippa Crear & Jeremy Armstrong, Daily Mirror.
Winners from our national news brands are below, check out the full list here.
Congratulations to all.
Marina Hyde, The Guardian
Barbara Blake-Hannah award
Kuba Shand-Baptiste, The Independent
Features writer of the year
Sophie Elmhirst, The Guardian
Matt Lawton, The Times
Stephanie Kirchgaessner, The Guardian
Marie Colvin Award
Sophia Yan, The Telegraph
Scoop of the year
Matthew Weaver, The Guardian
Pippa Crear & Jeremy Armstrong, Daily Mirror
Juliette Garside, David Pegg, Hilary Osborne, Jason Burke and Paul Lewis, The Guardian
Investigation of the team
BBC Panorama, together with The Sunday Times insights team
Campaign of the year
Time To End Cystic Fibrosis Drug Scandal
Chris Riches, Daily Express
Public Service Award
Mail Force One, Daily Mail