British Journalism Awards Hall of Fame 2015

Jonathan Calvert of Sunday Times is Journalist of the Year: British Journalism Awards full list of winners

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Sunday Times Insight Team editor Jonathan Calvert (pictured) was named Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards last night.

He was recognised for leading a year of agenda-setting investigations exposing widespread blood-doping in international athletics and corruption at the top of football world governing body Fifa.

The Marie Colvin award for raising the reputation of journalism over the course of their career went to Alan Rusbridger who stepped down this summer after 20 years as Guardian editor.

And the hard-fought investigation of the year prize went to The Guardian for the HSBC files.

The awards for public interest journalism are organised by Press Gazette and were held this year in association with Audi.

They are open to all journalists wherever they work and attracted entries from every major newspaper publisher, broadcaster and online news publisher in the UK.

They attracted more than 300 entries for the 15 categories. Last more than 200 journalists gathered at Stationers' Hall in London for the awards reception.

Press Gazette editor and chairman of judges Dominic Ponsford said the number of high-quality entries to the awards suggest campaigning and investigative journalism is growing in the UK.

He said: “I think these awards provide clear evidence that publishers across the media increasingly see the value of campaigning and investigative journalism as a way of rising above the digital noise and chatter.”

Full list of winners for the British Journalism Awards 2015

Digital Innovation sponsored by Citi

Winner: Vice News

The judges said:

“Since launching online in 2014, Vice News has done what it set out to do, bringing serous news from around the world to a new audience. With a mixture of video dispatches, documentaries and long-form writing it has brilliantly covered the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, refugee migration into Europe and the crisis in Ukraine. And it has also experimented effectively with a wide range of technologies, including drones, live streaming and virtual reality.”

Aris Rousinoss of Vice News with Jeffrey French from Citi

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New Journalist of the Year sponsored by the Stationers' Crown Woods Academy

Winner: Simon Murphy of The Mail on Sunday for ‘Oxfam targets donors aged 98’, ‘Revealed: New boss of investigation into VIP child abuse claims is linked to Leon Brittan’ and ‘Jihadi hunters…or fantasists?

The judges said: “Simon Murphy is an industrious reporter whose work has had a huge impact leading to a change in the law on how charities raise money. He covered a great range of stories and used tactics including undercover filming, and all were firmly in the public interest.”

Simon Murphy, pictured with Michael Murphy - principle of Stationers' Crown Woods Academy

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Campaign of the Year

Highly commended: David Jones, Sam Greenhill, Ian Drury and Jack Doyle of the Daily Mail for US Gulag That Shames the West – the campaign for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and the release of Shaker Aamer

The judges said: "The Daily Mail has had a superb year for campaigning journalism. Particularly impressive was its brave and principled campaign on Guantanamo Bay, which was credited with helping secure the release of Shaker Aamer.”

Winner: The Guardian for Keep it in the Ground

The judges said: “This was an epic piece of journalism conducted on an international scale and on a difficult subject. The Keep it in the Ground climate change campaign was hugely ambitious, reverberated around the world and had tangible results.”

The Guardian team pictured with judge John Mair.

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Foreign Affairs Journalism

Winner: Patrick Kingsley of The Guardian for:

'Libya's people smugglers: inside the trade that sells refugees hopes of a better life'. 'The Journey: Syrian refugee Hashem Alsouki risks his life crossing the Mediterranean' and 'It's not at war, but up to 3% of its people have fled. What is going on in Eritrea?'

The judges said: “It was difficult to pick one winner in this category because of the exceptionally high standard of entries. But Patrick Kingsley’s piece, The Journey, which followed a Syrian refugee across the Mediterranean, stood out as an epic read about an epic journey which made for epic journalism. Hats off to The Guardian for giving him the time and space to tell this story.”

Patrick Kingsley pictured with judge Peter Cole

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Politics Journalism sponsored by Media Focus

Winner: Tom Newton Dunn of The Sun for ‘Plebgate – what really happened

The judges said: “This was a story that deserved to win prizes in 2012 and 2015 after it first broke but didn’t because it became mired in controversy. They felt it was right to recognise Tom Newton Dunn and The Sun this year as the paper’s reporting was finally vindicated in the libel courts and for the way it has stuck with this story for three years. The Sun ultimately proved that the public have a right to know about how politicians speak to those who are paid to protect them and it struck an important blow for freedom of speech.”

Tom Newton Dunn pictured with Paul Blanchard, presenter of the Media Focus podcast

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Photojournalism

Highly Commended: Jack Hill of The Times – for his pictures from Syria

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Philip Coburn of the Daily Mirror – for his work in Gaza

The judges noted that both returned to conflict areas this year after previously being injured in the field. Philip Coburn lost both his legs below the knee after being injured by an IED in Afghanistan in 2000 and Hill was kidnapped and beaten last year by Syrian militants.

Winner: Manu Brabo of The Sunday Times

The judges said: “Manu has an exceptional eye and has produced a photographic essay from Ukraine which any magazine editor in the world would be proud to publish.”

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Sunday Times associated editor Sean Ryan with awards judge Jon Slattery

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Business, Finance and Economics Journalism sponsored by TSB

Highly commended: Charles Levinson of Reuters for
US banks move billions of dollars in trades beyond Washington’s reach

The judges said this piece could be predicting the next banking crisis, it took a dry subject and made it captivating.

Winner: Daniel Jones of The Sun for Compare The FatCats, The Great Stitch Up and You phonies

The judges said: “This was a great piece of campaigning journalism on something which effects everybody in the country. He held the utility companies to account on behalf of Sun readers with some hard-hitting and entertaining journalism.”

Sun associate editor Sam Carlisle pictured with Roy Beale from TSB

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Science, Technology and Health Journalism sponsored by Astellas

Highly commended: Natasha Loder of The Economist for ‘Genome editing – The age of the red pen’

Winner: Deborah Cohen from the BMJ for ‘Why have UK doctors been deterred from prescribing Avastin?’

The judges said: “Deborah’s investigation into why NHS doctors are being prevented from using a safe and effective eye drug covered a highly technical subject but nonetheless held the attention of the non-specialist reader right to the end. It exposed a conflict of interest in the drug licensing system at the heart of the NHS.”

Deborah Cohen pictured with AJ Kenneally from Astellas

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Breaking News Award

Winner: Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnott and Bojan Pancevski (Insight) – The Sunday Times for coverage of Fifa and Sepp Blatter: 'Swiss prosecutors target Blatter as Prince William demands clean-up'

The judges said: “The Insight Team are probably as responsible for the demise of Fifa and its dirty practitioners as anyone and this story is a result of all that painstaking work over the years. It is not just a top line but a whole catalogue of woe.”

George Arbuthnott, Jonathan Calvert and awards judge Kurt Barling

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Sports Journalism sponsored by Sportcal

Highly commended: Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnott and David Collins of The Sunday Times for The Doping Scandal

The judges said this was: “A vast investigation which exposed a major scandal.”

Winner: Mark Daly, Murdoch Rodgers and David Epstein - BBC Scotland/Panorama/ProPublica for 'Catch Me If You Can’ investigation into athletics doping

The judges said: "This was a superb long-crafted investigation which had a huge impact on athletics. Daly led a team of journalists which spent 18 months investigating doping in athletics. The revelations about star coach Alberto Salazar led the sports news agenda for weeks."

Mark Daly with Sportcal chief executive Mike Laflin

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Popular journalism sponsored by Bournemouth University

Winner: The news team at The Mail on Sunday for '62p an hour –', ‘MoS reporter is first to contact UK schoolgirl who fled to Syria d’ and ‘Exposed: Tory’s plot with race thugs to fix election

The judges said: “Week in week out The Mail on Sunday shows that producing hard-hitting popular journalism with mass appeal and serving the public interest can go hand in hand. In particular the news team showed industry and ingenuity to reveal the hypocrisy of leading politicians wearing ‘feminist’ T-shirts produced by women working for 62p an hour in Mauritius.”

The Mail on Sunday team with Karen Fowler Watt from Bournemouth University

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Local Heroes

Highly commended: Andrew Gilligan of The Daily and Sunday Telegraph for his dogged Investigation into corruption, electoral fraud and links to extremism of Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman

Winner: Jeanette Oldham of the Birmingham Mail for ‘Birmingham City Council hid links between Asian cabbies and child sex victims for 23 years’, ‘West Midlands Police report reveals 75 per cent of known on-street child sex groomers are Asian’ and ‘Child Sexual Exploitation: We force West Midlands Police to release secret report which confirms 'significant similarities' with Rotherham scandal’

The judges said: “Jeanette used whistleblowers and shoe leather reporting to expose disturbing parallels to the Rotherham child abuse scandal in Birmingham and evidence of local authority inaction and a cover up. It was first class investigative reporting firmly in the public interest which has made difference.”

Jeanette Oldham with John Mair

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Investigation of the year sponsored by Public Concern at Work

Winner: Juliette Garside, James Ball, David Leigh and David Pegg of The Guardian for the HSBC Files

The judges said: “This was a complex financial story which had a real impact on the use of tax havens. It was a stunning demonstration of international investigative work spanning many international borders and making big waves.”

The Guardian team with Ciara Bottomley from Public Concern at Work

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The Marie Colvin Award for raising the reputation of British journalism

Winner: Alan Rusbridger

The judges said:

The word visionary is bandied around a lot, but it is particularly impressive that Alan Rusbridger wrote The Online Future – a blueprint for The Guardian’s digital development back in 1994. The Guardian now attracts some 140m browsers a month around the world.

In the early years of his editorship he won some of the most significant libel cases of the modern era including: Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken and Stoke Newington police station (ending the Police Federation’s 80-case undefeated run).

In recent years he has overseen some of the biggest journalism investigations of our time: phone-hacking, Wikileaks, Snowden and finally HSBC..

In 2014 The Guardian became the first non-American news organisation to win the Pulitzer Prize in recognition of its Snowden coverage.

In an industry where editors often like to the keep their heads down, he has always stuck his above the parapet and been a vocal supporter of press freedom and of journalism in general.

He has been a great ambassador for our craft and is a hugely deserving winner of the 2015 Marie Colvin award.

Alan Rusbridger pictured with Warner Rootliep of sponsor Air France/KLM

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Journalist of the Year sponsored by Audi

Winner: Jonathan Calvert of The Sunday Times

The judges said:

Jonathan Calvert is the longest serving editor of The Sunday Times Insight team in its 50-year history and over his 21 years in national newspaper journalism he has probably been behind as many famous scoops and investigative scandals as any other journalist still working today.

Over the last year he has been again involved in several of the biggest stories to have hit the headlines. After leading the way in exposing Fifa for five years, this year his Insight team revealed Fifa president Sepp Blatter had made a secret deal to ensure Qatar would not lose its hosting rights to the 2022 world cup. It was his investigation which largely provoked the current crisis in Fifa which is now finally showing signs of cleaning up its act.

The Sunday Times blood doping investigation this year revealed that 55 gold medals have been won in Olympics and world championship endurance events by athletes who have recorded suspicious blood tests.

He is a journalist who has produced a quite astonishing track record of investigations and scoops across a huge range of subject areas.

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British Journalism Awards Hall of Fame 2014

Journalist of the Year (sponsored by TSB) – Andrew Norfolk, The Times

Norfolk was named journalist of the year for his long-running investigation into child abuse. Judges said he “stood out as a magnificent example of what can be achieved by an ordinary reporter”.

A judges’ statement said: “It was a local story which exposed an appalling, unpalatable and almost unbelieveable scandal. Norfolk and The Times refused to give up until the child grooming gangs were exposed and the problem was addressed at a national level.

“It was an investigation which began with a front page story in January 2011 and culminated in the Jay report published in August this year which revealed council and law enforcement failures which contributed to 1,400 children being abused in Rotherham alone.

“It has been journalism which has made a difference, which gave a voice to people who no-one was listening to and which proved that sometimes journalists can step in when police, local and central government have all failed.”

Marie Colvin Award – Anthony Loyd, The Times

The Times’s Anthony Loyd was awarded the Marie Colvin prize in recognition of his 25-year career covering war zones.

Judges said: “Like Marie Colvin, Anthony Loyd has risked his life to report on the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Syria.

“Earlier this year he, along with photographer Jack Hill, were kidnapped whilst returning to Turkey from a reporting assignment in Syria. They were badly beaten, and Loyd himself was shot twice, but thankfully they were both freed.

“The risks Loyd and Hill run to report on the bombing of Aleppo are underlined by the fact that at least 70 journalists have been killed since 2011 covering the conflict in Syria. Others, like Briton John Cantlie, are still being held capitive.

“Anthony Loyd has spent is career going to places few others would be willing to visit in order shine a light on some of the darkest parts of our world.

“Loyd began his journalism career covering the conflict in Bosnia and has gone on to cover wars in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”

“His journalism is marked by the quality and humanity of his writing, the depth of his insight and his ability to bring home globally significant scoops.

“In recent years these have included exclusive reports about Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria and Al Quaeda shopping for uranium in Libya.

“Since recovering from his gunshot injuries he has return to frontline journalism reporting most recently on the spread of ebola in Sierra Leone.”

New Journalist of the Year (sponsored by Stationers' Crown Woods Academy) – Tom Warren, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Judges said: “Tom made great use of data and technology to unearth stories and details. He picked targets that no-one else was looking at to bring new information to light on matters of real public interest.

“He used excellent detective work to reveal the privileged bidders who profiteered from the Royal Mail flotation, forcing the Government to release the full list.”

Local Heroes – Carl Eve, The Herald in Plymouth

Carl Eve won the Local Heroes award for his investigation into police failures to prosecute members of a child abuse ring.

Judges said: “This was a particularly difficult investigation which involved persuading police contacts and victims of crime to speak out.

“He has great contacts and uses old fashioned face to face reporting to get behind the headlines. It is the sort of in-depth local reporting which is under threat in the current climate.”

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Business Journalist of the Year (sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services) – Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake, Insight Team, Sunday Times

The Insight Team (pictured above with Ashish Babu from sponsor Tata Consultancy Services) was awarded the business prize for its investigation into RBS ‘killing off good firms for profit’.

The judges said: “This investigation ticked every box and did everything that we were looking for. It was in the public interest, revelatory and it’s had a huge impact.

“So many people would have had their livelihoods wiped out by the actions of RBS, a bank which is owned by the taxpayer.”

Politics Journalist of the Year – Times team

A team of journalists from The Times, comprising Greg Hurst, Francis Elliott, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson, won the politics prize for stories headlined: ‘Angry Cameron rebukes rivals as Tory rift widens’, ‘Gove under fire for ‘Islamist school’s top Ofsted rating’ and ‘Cameron bumbles from one shambles to another with no sense of purpose’.

The judges said: “The Times’s team reporting on the political fallout of the row over Islamic faith schools shone a light on a serious policy dispute at the heart of government.

“It was one of the biggest political stories of the year and had a real impact on people in charge of government policy.

“Michael Gove was a big player in the Government up until this point and since then has been sidelined.”

Campaign of the Year – George Arbuthnott, The Sunday Times

George Arbuthnott won the campaign of the year for The Sunday Times for his work on slavery in modern-day Britain.

Judges said: “This was a campaign which showed the sort of campaigning investigative journalism pioneered by William Stead on the Pall Mall Gazette is alive and well on Fleet Street today.

“It exposed a little-reported scandal affecting some of most vulnerable people in the world and helped prompt the Government to table the Modern Slavery Bill.”

Sports Journalist of the Year (sponsored by the Hippodrome Casino) – Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake, Insight Team, The Sunday Times

The Insight Team won the sports prize for its investigation into FIFA.

The judges said: “This was the most significant sports story of the year and a huge embarrassment for Fifa in a World Cup Year just before the start of the tournament.

“They took a huge dossier of evidence and turned into a compellingly told story with no angle left unexplored.”

Innovation of the Year – The Guardian

The Guardian won the Innovation of the Year award for its NSA Files: Decoded project.

Judges said: “This feature set a new standard for interactive digital story-telling by a UK publication. It combines video, data and old-fashioned text-based journalism skills to explain the significance of Edward Snowden files on NSA surveillance in a more approachable and dynamic way than would ever be possible in print.

"The Guardian has continued to own this story by finding new ways to make it meaningful to people.”

Science and Technology Journalist of the Year (sponsored by Astellas) – Pallab Ghosh, BBC

The BBC’s Pallab Ghosh won the science and technology award for his reports exposing the failure of the Government’s badger culling programme.

The judges said: This was one of those stories where if it wasn’t for people like Pallab the Governnent would have got away with doing what it wanted and ignoring the advice of its own scientists.

“There had been previous work where scientists had expressed concerns about the badger culls, lots of journalists were following this up. But Pallab was the only one to get hold of Defra’s own unpublished report showing that the culls were ineffective and inhumane.”

Photojournalist of the Year – David Rose, Telegraph

The judges said: “David’s pictures of the conflict in Ukraine were examples of news photography at its most dramatic. Brave and sympathetic, they were a potent demonstration of the way still print images have enduring power that video does not.”

Breaking News Award – Nick Craven and Ross Slater, The Mail on Sunday

The Mail on Sunday won the breaking news prize, for the best story of the year, for its story: ‘Crystal meth shame of bank chief’.

The judges highly commended the Telegraph for its Qatar corruption story, but felt the Paul Flowers story “was a great example of old fashioned tabloid journalism which held the powerful to account”.

They said: “At its heart was a genuine public interest story. The Co-op was the last bank you would think would be involved in corruption. How could somebody like Paul Flowers get appointed to such an important position?”

Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year – Patrick Cockburn, The Independent/i

Patrick Cockburn of The Independent won the foreign affairs prize for his coverage of the emergence of ISIS.

The judges said: “Patrick Cockburn spotted the emergence of Isis much earlier than anybody else and wrote about it with a depth of understanding that was just in a league of its own. Nobody else was writing that stuff at that time, and the judges wondered whether the Government should considering pensioning off the whole of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn instead.

“The breadth of his knowledge and his ability make connections is phenomenal.”

Investigation of the Year – Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake, Insight Team, The Sunday Times

The Insight Team won the investigation prize, described as “one of the most prestigious and sought after of the night”, again for its FIFA coverage.

Judges said: “It was the story that almost gave Sepp Blatter a moment’s pause before being re-elected for another 97 years.

“The Sunday Times was not quite first into the field, when it came to exposing corruption around the Qatar World Cup bid, but it dominated the story as soon as it came into play.

“Its FIFA Files investigation had global impact. It reopened the whole issue of whether Qatar should the venue for the 2022 World Cup by exposing incontrovertible detailed evidence of widespread corruption.

“The initial Qatar Files 11-page investigation of June 2014 was tour de force of broadsheet investigative journalism: a superb exclusive story, brilliantly told exposing genuine corruption and injustice in the world’s most popular and financially lucrative sport.”

 

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New Journalist of the Year

Winner: Patrick Kingsley from The Guardian

What the judges said: “Patrick is a journalist who has been reporting from Egypt since January 2013 at no little risk to himself. He’s been beaten up and arrested as he exposed the toll unrest in that country has taken on unarmed civilians.

“He wrote the dissection of a massacre in a model way – it’s a great piece of reconstruction that leads to revelation.”

Patrick pictured with Javier Millan from Air France-KLM

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Finalists:

Alex Ralph from The Times,

Fiona O’Cleirigh from Exaro News

Maeve McClenaghan – from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Sarah Morrison from The Independent

Simon Murphy from the Mail on Sunday

Business, finance and economics journalist of the year – sponsored by Astellas

Winner: Tom Bergin from Reuters

The judges said: “Most of the other journalists writing about the tax affairs of companies like Google and Starbucks are following in his footsteps. He practically wrote the questions for the Commons select committee.”

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Tom Bergin pictured below with communications director of Astellas Pharma Europe, Mindy Dooa:

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Highly commended:

Sarah O’Connor from the Financial Times

The judges praised her for “some good old-fashioned shoe leather reporting” which saw her investigate conditions at an Amazon warehouse in Rugely.

Finalists:

Laura Kuenssberg from ITV News

Stephen Grey from Reuters

John Gapper from the Financial Times

David Enrich from the Wall Street Journal Europe

Campaign of the Year

Winner: The Sunday Times for Safe Weekend Care – the campaign for a seven-day NHS

The judges said: “This campaign was well presented, planned and coordinated from beginning to end. It was backed up by great reporting and research and has succeeded in getting a national scandal addressed at the highest level.”

Finalists:

Andrew Norfolk from The Times for his ongoing work exposing the scandal of child sexual exploitation and grooming

The Sun’s Fight For April campaign calling for action to curb internet pornography

London Evening Standard for Ladder for London…encouraging London employers to take on more apprentices

Selina Maycock of the Scunthorpe Telegraph for a successful campaign to pay for the wedding of a terminally ill reader

The Sunday Times for Westminster for Sale – its series exposing how lobbyists pay for access to Parliament and the Government

Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year

Winner: Hala Jaber of The Sunday times

The judges said: “Hala Jaber has been there year after year, living in Damascus and covering the conflict from both sides and getting really strong stories.

“Her story about the Assad regime general was one of the few pieces of journalism that tried to get us into the mind of the government side of the conflict – and did so critically.”

Sunday Times editorial director Eleanor Mills accepting the Foreign Journalist of the Year prize on behalf of Hala Jaber from BJA judge Kevin Marsh:

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Finalists:

Anthony Loyd of The Times

Katrina Manson from The Financial Times

Kim Sengupta of The Independent

Patrick Cockburn of The Independent

Richard Lloyd Parry – The Times

Photojournalist of the Year

Winner: Richard Pohle – The Times

The judges said that his photo of soldiers taking cover at Camp Bastion was the one stand-out shot of the competition this year - beautiful and atmospheric. They remarked that it was really tough photo to get with the equipment he would have had in that spot.

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Finalists:

Jeremy Selwyn of the London Evening Standard

Mark Scott of The Sentinel

Oli Scarff from Getty Images

Suzanne Plunkett from Reuters

Politics Journalists of the Year

Winner: Joe Murphy of the London Evening Standard

The judges praised Murphy for fine writing and three genuine exclusives. The revelation that David Cameron was supporting gay marriage had huge repercussions and his exclusive account of the private Thatcher family funeral service was a fine piece of colour writing.

Joe Murphy with BJA judge professor Peter Cole:

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Finalists:

Amelia Gentleman of The Guardian

Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times

Neil Elkes of the Birmingham Post and Mail

Steve Richards of The Independent

Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake of The Sunday Times Insight Team

Innovation of the Year

Winner: The Guardian for GuardianWitness

“One of judges said they had downloaded the app and they were using it every day. They felt it brought citizen journalism and user-generated content to a new level by - improving engagement, sourcing great content and doing so in a way that made money for the paper through sponsorship.”

The GuardianWitness team pictured with BJA judge Ian Reeves (right):

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Highly commended:

The Sun for Sun+

The Independent for Voices In Danger

Finalists:

Lewis Whyld for his 360-degree interactive camera

The ooh aar Augmented reality platform as used in The Sentinel

The Brixton Bugle and Brixton Blog

Sports journalist of the year sponsored by the Hippodrome Casino

Winner: David Conn – of The Guardian

“All his stories were about some form of corruption in sport. He delves beyond the glitzy veneer of modern football to hold the game’s gilded elite to account.”

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David Conn pictured (right) with awards sponsor Simon Thomas of the Hippodrome Casino:

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Finalists:

Christian Sylt – freelance for City AM and The Independent

Ian Herbert – of The Independent

Luke Edwards of the Telegraph

Mark Ogden of The Telegraph

Sam Wallace of The Independent

Science and Technology Journalist of the Year sponsored by the Wellcome Trust

Winner: Robin McKie of The Observer

The judges said: “He goes for the biggest subjects and makes technical issues compelling with his approachable style of writing. His piece on a GM rice strain which could save millions from blindess was a particularly fine piece of science writing on a hugely important global issue.”

Robin McKie pictured (right) with director of the Wellcome Trust Prof Jeremy Farrar:

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Finalists:

Pallab Ghosh – of the BBC

Leslie Hook of the Financial Times

Helen Thomson of the New Scientist

Gareth Iacubucci of the British Medical Journal

Andrew Gregory of the Daily Mirror

Breaking News Award

Winner: Channel 4 News and Dispatches for Plebgate

This was reporting which forced the Met Police to re-open its investigation into an alleged conspiracy to undermine chief Whip Andrew Mitchell. One police officer is to face trial and five are facing charges for gross misconduct.

The judges said they thought it was a great year for Dispatches and were also hugely impressed with its joint Guardian investigation into police spying on the family of Stephen Lawrence and its investigation into failings at the NHS 111 non-emergency call service.

They praised Dispatches for rigorous public interest journalism of the highest order.

Journalists from the Channel 4 Plebgate team with BJA judge Liz Gerard:

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Finalists:

Exaro News – for the Murdoch tape

Tom Harper of The Independent – for Blue chip hacking

Catherine Deveney of The Observer for – top cardinal accused of inappropriate acts by priests

The Sunday Times insight team for – generals for hire

Anthony Lloyd of The Times for his exclusive report on the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack in Syria

Investigation of the year

Winner: Michael Gillard of The Sunday Times for his exposure of gangster David Hunt (the Untouchable)

The judges all agreed that Michael Gillard should win for an 11-year investigation which exposed career criminal and violent gangster David Hunt. The last journalist to investigate Mr Hunt received a head-butt for his troubles. Gillard stayed the course, memorably running rings around Hunt’s barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC in the High Court.

The judges felt that Gillard edged this prize because of the skill, determination and bravery it took to see this story through.

The Sunday Times succeeded where the collected forces of law enforcement in this country had failed – defeating Hunt in a court of law and obtaining a measure of justice for his victims by public exposing him for the first time.

Highly commended:

The Guardian – For the Snowden Files

Andrew Norfolk of The Times for his work on the child sex grooming scandal

The judges were hugely impressed by the global ramifications of The Guardian’s Snowden files revelations and by Andrew Norfolk’s ongoing dogged investigation into sex grooming. Both are highly commended.

Finalists:

Mark Daily and Murdoch Rodgers of BBC Scotland for Sins of our Fathers

Channel 4 News and Dispatches for Plebgate

Jeanette Oldham of the Birmingham Mail for her investigation into a cancer surgeon with unacceptably high death rates

The Marie Colvin award – sponsored by Syria Relief for the journalist who the judges felt had done the most to raise the reputation of our craft and inspire other journalists.

Former Times foreign editor Richard Beeston (who died of cancer in May of this year aged 50).

Dr Ayman Jundi presenting the Marie Colvin Award to Ben MacIntyre of the The Times and Natasha Beeston:

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One of the great foreign editors of The Times – Richard Beeston was a hugely liked and respected figure throughout Fleet Street.

An indefatigable foreign correspondent he covered conflicts in Lebanon, Iraq and Chechnya for The Times.

He exposed Saddam Hussein’s gassing of Kurdish civilians at Hallabja in 1988, reported on atrocities by Serb forces in the Bosnian War of the early 1990s and after 2011 he shone a light on the barberous campaign of general Assad in Syria against his own population.

When one of the judges suggested Richard’s name for the Marie Colvin prize there was immediate and enthusiastic agreement from all the others.

The BJA judges cover a broad cross-section of our diverse industry but they had all been deeply touched by Richard’s contribution to journalism.

As Oliver Kamm wrote in The Times: “Richard Beeston saw his responsibility as finding things out and giving as objective an account as he could manage of the horrors of the conflicts he covered. Objectivity doesn’t mean balance: it means telling the truth about what you discover.”

Journalist of the year, sponsored by Santander

Michael Gillard - Freelance/The Sunday Times

Michael Gillard could not attent the awards and cannot attend public events in London for security reasons. The awarded was accepted on his behalf by his friend the journalist Laurie Flynn and presented by Santander director of communications Jennifer Scardino:

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2012

Investigation of the year

(See our showcase of all the award-winning work for this category here)

Winner: Alexi Mostrous and Fay Schlesinger (The Times) – Tax avoidance investigation

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Finalists:

  • Andrew Norfolk (The Times) – Child grooming
  • Chris Woods (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism) - Covert War on Terror
  • Channel 4 News – Suspended doctors still working
  • Jon Austin (Basildon Echo) – Dale Farm travellers’ site coverage
  • Nina Lakhani and Andrew Buncombe (The Independent)- How Western pharmaceutical companies use guinea pigs in India
  • Paul Lewis and Rob Evans (Guardian News and Media) – Police infiltration of the protest movement
  • Leigh Marles (The Wirral Globe) – Justice for Martin and for taxpayers
Breaking news award (for the best story of the year)
Winner: Andrew Gregory and Steve Black/Political Pictures (Daily Mirror) – Oliver’s Barmy, revelation that Cabinet minister Oliver Letwin was dumping secret documents in a park bin
Finalists:
  • Alexi Mostrous and Fay Schesinger (The Times) – Tax avoidance revelations.
  • Rupert Neate (Guardian News and Media) – Liam Fox quits, and coverage of the Fox-Werrity scandal)
  • Gareth Iacobucci (Pulse Magazine) – Clinical commissioning group calls on PM to drop the Health Bill
  • The Guardian – Assad emails exposed
  • Jon Ungoed-Thomas (The Sunday Times) – Google grabs secrets of our private lives
  • Sunday Times Insight Team – Cash for Cameron: cosy club buys the PM’s ear
  • Stuart Ramsay (Sky News) – Reports from the frontline of the Syrian civil war
Political journalist of the year
Winner: David Hencke (Exaro)
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Finalists:
  • Andy Grice (The Independent)
  • Jane Merrick (The Independent on Sunday)
  • Patrick Wintour (Guardian News and Media)
  • Rachel Sylvester (The Times)
  • Simon Walters (Mail on Sunday)

New journalist of the year

(See our showcase of all the award-winning work for this category here)

Winner: Emma Slater (The BBC/Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

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Finalists:

  • Charlie Cooper (The Independent)
  • Halina Watts (The People)
  • Kevin Rawlinson (The Independent)
  • Niall McCracken (The Detail)
  • Sarah Morrison (The Independent on Sunday)
Photojournalist of the year
Winner: Matt Cardy (Getty Images)
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Finalists:
  • Dan Kitwood (Getty Images)
  • Leo Maguire (Freelance for The Sunday Times magazine)

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  • Peter Macdiarmid (Getty Images)
  • Robin Hammond/Panos Pictures ( The Sunday Times magazine)

Innovation of the year
Winner: Guardian News and Media – Reading the Riots project
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Finalists:
  • The Times – Cities Fit for Cycling Project
  • Channel 4 News – No Go Britain (multimedia campaign highlighting the problems faced by disabled transport users)
  • John Dale – 24 Hours in Journalism book and investigative project
  • Guardian News and Media – Reading the Riots project
  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Channel 4 Dispatches App

Sports journalist of the year
Winner: David Walsh (The Sunday Times)
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Finalists:
  • John Sinnott (CNN/Sports Illustrated/The Blizzard)
  • Kevin Eason (The Times)
  • Mark Daly (BBC Scotland)
  • Nick Harris (Mail on Sunday)
  • Paul Kelso (The Daily Telegraph)

Business journalist of the year
Winner: Chris Giles (Financial Times)
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Finalists:
  • Catherine Lea (Hull Daily Mail)
  • Chris Giles (Financial Times)
  • Deirdre Hipwell (The Times)
  • Larry Elliott (Guardian News and Media)
  • Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith (Marketing/Brand Republic)
  • Nick Mathiason (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

Science journalist of the year
Winner: Tom Feilden (BBC Today Programme)
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Finalists:
  • Fiona Harvey (Guardian News and Media)
  • James Murray (Business Green)
  • Pallab Ghosh (BBC)
  • Suzanne Goldenberg (Guardian News and Media)
  • Warren Manger (The Coventry Telegraph)

British Journalism Awards Journalist of the Year for 2012 was David Walsh of the Sunday Times.

A special award was given to the late Marie Colvin and accepted on her behalf by Sunday Times foreign editor Sean Ryan and photographer Paul Conroy.

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