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Entries open for Paul Foot Award 2017

15 February 2017


Entries are now open for the Paul Foot Award 2017 honouring the very best in investigative and campaigning journalism.

Organised by Private Eye, entries can be submitted until the closing date on 31 March 2017.  Submissions will be accepted, by post, for material published in a newspaper, magazine or website between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.

Ian Hislop, the Editor of Private Eye said: “At a time when the public is being offered the post-truth, the alternative truth and nothing like the truth, we thought it was time to revive a celebration of what defined Foot’s work and what is his continuing legacy - the great spirit of informed, eloquent, obstinate enquiry.”

The awards will be judged by Julia Langdon, Political Journalist and Broadcaster, Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, Helen Lewis, New Statesman, Amol Rajan, BBC Media Editor, Francis Wheen, Private Eye, Matt Foot, criminal defence solicitor and Padraig Reidy, Little Atoms, Chair of Judges.

Padraig Reidy, Chair of Judges, The Private Eye Paul Foot Award, said: “As the world frets about fake news, the judges are looking forward to reading entries that remind us of rigorous campaigning journalism at its best. It’s a privilege for all the judges to be involved in this year’s Private Eye Paul Foot Award, celebrating campaigning journalism carried out with purpose and style.”

The award is only open to print journalism and broadcast material is not eligible for entry. Individual journalists, teams of journalists or entire publications may enter and entries will be considered for anything from a single piece to entire campaigns.

The shortlist will be announced in May 2017. The winning entry for 2017 will be awarded £5,000 at an evening awards ceremony on 20 June 2017 at BAFTA, London.

The award was set up in memory of revered investigative journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004.

For more information on how to enter for the award visit Private Eye here

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