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 2017 British Journalism Awards are held in London December.
Application events and deadlines
Open to Entries at the Early Bird Rate
Entries close for judging
Shortlist to be announced online
Open to Entries at the Early Bird Rate
Entries close for judging
Shortlist to be announced online
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.
For the journalist who has done the most to probe and investigate the world of business. Collaborative entries are accepted.
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.
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.
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.
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. Foreign Affairs Journalism – sponsored by Gibtelecom For the journalist working for a UK audience whose reports from overseas have done the most to serve the public interest. Entries can comprise news reports, colour features and/or investigations. Collaborative entries are accepted.
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.
This categories covers all journalism about the built environment including roads, the power and water networks, buildings and architecture. As with the other categories there is an emphasis on investigation and revelation and on journalism which has made a difference. Open to individual and collaborative entries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Please note that early next year Press Gazette will be announcing the first British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media – an entire event devoted to B2B/specialist 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.
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.
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 beseiged 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, over the course of their career, has raised the reputation of journalism and journalists through their efforts to bear witness to events in the way that Colvin did. Unlike the other categories, this one looks at the journalists’ whole career – not just work from the last year.
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.
For the photographer whose work has done the most to serve the public interest. The judges are looking for compelling and newsworthy images which provide fresh insight into important events and figures.
Meet the judges
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It was much more fun than rival awards ceremonies and much better to meet fellow journalists and award winners.
Congratulations to Press Gazette on a timely, welcome initiative. Press Gazette is one of the institutions that underpins our industry - much in vogue these days - and what you have done is very important for us all.
It was a very inspiring night.
It was a huge honour to be nominated alongside so many great names from the industry.
A reminder of all that is best about British journalism in a very good venue with a very good audience. Congratulations on a great awards ceremony. I thought it was a really good atmosphere – and helped remind us of the importance of the brilliant journalism that we can all be proud of. We were pleased to be part of the evening.
I’ve won one or two broadcasting awards before but this is a wider award covering the whole of the British media and that’s what makes it extra special.
It gets bigger and better every year and celebrating journalism still somehow feels like an act of defiance... I remain delighted that science reporting takes it’s place alongside politics and business and this year... lots of awards I attend feel indulgent and irrelevant. This one feels important.
Entires submitted must have been published between September 2016 - September 2017 in order to be counted in this years British Journalim Awards
Early bird rate is available until 9th September
Entry deadline is 29th September