Young Journalist of the Year: Nominees

This award is supported by the Cecil King Foundation

Open to journalists aged 26 or under on 31 December 2020 and entries can include work from any journalistic discipline. Judges will be looking for the individual who has made significant impact over the year. This award is supported by the Cecil King Foundation and the winner will receive a £5,000 bursary to be used for travel to research an agreed article or series of articles for their title.


Abbianca Makoni, Evening Standard

The judges said: “Abbianca scooped Fleet Street with her world exclusive interview of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

Ethan Ennals, The Mail on Sunday

  • Revealed: how thousands died of coronavirus they caught in hospital
  • Would you willingly catch Covid to test the vaccine that could save us all?
  • Government test tsar has £770k shares in firm that sold us £13m of ‘pointless’ kits

The judges said: “In an extraordinary year, Ethan produced three excellent stories on Covid and the devastation it caused.”

Katie Whyatt, The Athletic UK

  • Jordan Dawes: The goalkeeper whose story touched David de Gea and Louis Tomlinson
  • ‘If we’d not been running, we would’ve been in the blast zone – we’d be dead’
  • What’s it like to play football on your period?

The judges said: “Katie writes with real compassion and empathy as shown by the article on Jordan Dawes. Equally admirable is the way she has explored aspects of sport which are sometimes unreported from a unique perspective.”

Megan Agnew, The Sunday Times Magazine

  • Wherever I lay my leather trousers, that’s my home
  • From social influencer to online sex worker
  • Buoy’s club: What’s it like to work on board a superyacht?

The judges said: “Engaging writing with a strong voice. Megan provides a fascinating insight to her work, bringing her writing to life with great colour and attention to detail.”

Rachel Lloyd, The Economist

The judges said: “Excellent coverage of the arts in time of Covid crisis. With a mature writing style Rachel’s work is very absorbing.”

Sarah Newey, The Telegraph

The judges said: “Sarah clearly has wonderful observational skills and an ear for a good quote. Great writing brings her reporting to life.”

Will Brown, The Telegraph

The judges said: “Bold and brave reporting – quite literally goes the extra mile to report extraordinary stories from the world’s conflict zones.”