SoE Press Awards for 2020

Spring 2021

Press Awards for 2020

Entries have now closed for the Society of Editors’ Press Awards for 2020. A shortlist will be announced in February 2021 followed by an awards event to be staged in the spring of 2021 with details to be announced.

With revised, new and returning categories, entries were open for work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other news delivery format in any UK national newspaper or any news website or platform primarily covering UK national news during 2020 (excluding broadcast media).

The British Journalism Review’s Cudlipp Award, in memory of celebrated Mirror Editor Hugh Cudlipp, will now be awarded to recognise excellence in popular journalism while a separate Campaign of the Year category has been created and is open to all titles and teams. 

Judging for Newspaper and News Website of the Year has been adjusted for 2020, with an additional emphasis given to the overall performance of the publication.

Additional categories for the awards include two categories celebrating innovation: Digital Initiative of the Year and Innovation of the Year as well as two categories expanding upon the recognition of the impressive supplements and magazines produced by newspapers with Magazine: Popular and Special Supplement of the Year. A new category recognising Data Journalist of the Year also appears for the first time.

And the awards include a new category: Driving Diversity to reflect the growing ambitions of the industry to tackle this challenge.

Reflecting on the momentous year in which the world has lived through, executive director of the Society of Editors and chair of the judges, Ian Murray said the press had performed its role remarkably under pressures previously unknown to this era.

He said: “In spite of the collective challenges, this year has proved more than ever the vital responsibility and achievements of national newspapers in providing trusted and essential journalism to individuals, families, businesses and communities.

“The awards remain the most prestigious occasion in the industry’s calendar and we are determined to give full recognition of the quality, diversity and success of editors, writers and columnists in national news media.”

The Society of Editors’ Press Awards are kindly supported by Camelot, supporting the Society since 2001; headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project; Google News Initiative, Cision, The Careers Office and the Cecil King Memorial Foundation.

A full list of categories can be found on the category page of our website.

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