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Shortlists announced for National Press Awards for 2016

17 February 2017


Shortlists for the premier awards celebrating the best of UK national journalism have been announced.

The Society of Editors’ Press Awards for national news recognise reporters and correspondents, commentators, columnists, cartoonists, designers, photographers, scoops, investigations and campaigns.  The awards culminate with the coveted Newspaper of the Year title.

There are 30 categories including the Journalists’ Charity Award, the Cudlipp Award and the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Prize for Innovation, in memory of the former deputy editor of The Guardian and founding member of Women In Journalism. New categories this year recognise the Environment Journalist of the Year, Fashion Journalist of the Year, Travel Journalist and the Digital Scoop for breaking news on a digital platform. A shortlist for Newspaper of the Year will be announced next week.   

The event is the most prestigious in the industry’s calendar with around 500 editors and journalists coming together to salute the quality and success of national newspaper journalism in print and on digital platforms. Winners will be announced at a glittering gala dinner at the London, Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Tuesday 14 March 2017.  

This year’s awards will be presented once again by award-winning LBC Radio presenter Nick Ferrari.

The awards are organised on behalf of the industry by the Society of Editors. Proceeds help to fund the Society of Editors’ campaigning for media freedom and the Journalists’ Charity.

Sponsors for the awards include Camelot which has supported the Society of Editors since 2001, United Utilities, JTI, EY, Wiggin, Wellcome Trust, Google, Gorkana, PCS, Press Association, Reuters, Luther Pendragon, London Hilton on Park Lane, Journalists' Charity and the British Journalism Review.

The awards are also supported by the Cecil King Foundation which funds the Young Journalist of the Year to undertake a project up to the value of £5,000.

Jonathan Grun, acting chairman of the judges and a former past President of the Society of Editors said: “The Press Awards are all about recognising and rewarding excellence and more than 100 judges, independent figures with experience across the industry as well as representatives of UK national and digital titles, gave up their time to read more than 650 entries.

“The Society takes feedback seriously and alongside a review of the categories this year, we worked hard to ensure that our judges reflected the experience and diversity of the UK national news industry.

“We are delighted to see both an increase in entries from women this year and an increase in entries from news websites and platforms covering UK national news.

“We look forward to welcoming all our guests and those shortlisted on 14 March and we thank the industry, our judges and our sponsors for their ongoing support.”

A full list of shortlisted entries in the Society of Editors Press Awards appears below and can be viewed on the awards website at

For more information please contact Claire Meadows at

For tickets or tables for the black tie event on March 14 please contact Angela Upton at or on 01223 304080. Information and prices can be found here.

Young Journalist of the Year – supported by the Cecil King Foundation
Louise Callaghan – The Sunday Times
Ned Donovan – The Mail on Sunday
James Gheerbrant – The Times
Andy Halls – The Sun
Mary O’Connor – The Sunday Times
Lauren Probert – The Sun

Business and Finance Journalist – sponsored by EY
John Collingridge – The Sunday Times
John Gapper – Financial Times
Anthony Hilton – London Evening Standard
Dan Jones – The Sun
Oliver Shah – The Sunday Times
Gary Silverman – Financial Times

Political Journalist of the Year
James Forsyth – The Spectator
Matthew Parris – The Times
Andrew Rawnsley – The Observer
Tim Shipman – The Sunday Times
Rachel Sylvester – The Times
Simon Walters – The Mail on Sunday

Foreign Reporter of the Year – sponsored by Reuters
Christopher Bucktin – Daily Mirror
Louise Callaghan – The Sunday Times
Patrick Cockburn – The Independent
Selam Gebrekidan – Reuters
Christina Lamb – The Sunday Times
Anthony Loyd – The Times

Science and Health Journalist of the Year – sponsored by the Wellcome Trust
Denis Campbell – The Guardian
Clive Cookson – Financial Times
Katie Glass – The Sunday Times
Andrew Gregory – Daily Mirror
Billy Kenber – The Times
Robin McKie – The Observer

Fashion Journalist of the Year
Lisa Armstrong – The Daily Telegraph
Jess Cartner-Morley – The Guardian
Karen Dacre – London Evening Standard
Anna Murphy – The Times
Amy E Williams – The Mail on Sunday
Claudia Winkleman – The Sunday Times

Environment Journalist of the Year – sponsored by United Utilities
Pilita Clark – Financial Times
Jonathan Leake – The Sunday Times
George Monbiot – The Guardian
Tom Parry – Daily Mirror
Sean Poulter – Daily Mail
John Vidal – The Guardian and The Observer 

Travel Journalist of the Year

Nick Boulos – Freelance
Chris Haslam – The Sunday Times
Martin Hemming – The Sunday Times
Louise Roddon – The Times
Nick Trend – The Daily Telegraph
Simon Usborne – Financial Times

Specialist Journalist of the Year – sponsored by JTI
Larisa Brown – Daily Mail
Andrew Ellson – The Times
Amelia Gentleman – The Guardian
Sian Griffiths – The Sunday Times
Dan Jones – The Sun
Patrick Strudwick - Buzzfeed

ShowBiz Reporter of the Year
Laura Armstrong – The Sun on Sunday
Tom Bryant – Daily Mirror
Krissi Murison – The Sunday Times
Guy Patrick – The Sun
Emma Pryer – Sunday Mirror
Dan Wootton – The Sun

Sports Journalist of the Year
Heidi Blake – Buzzfeed
Oliver Brown – The Daily Telegraph
Martha Kelner – Daily Mail
Matt Lawton – Daily Mail
Daniel Taylor – The Guardian
Jeremy Wilson – The Daily Telegraph

Interviewer of the Year Pop
Charlotte Edwardes – London Evening Standard
Frances Hardy – Daily Mail
Kathryn Knight – Daily Mail
Grace Macaskill – Daily Mirror
Catherine O’Brien – The Mail on Sunday
David Wigg – Daily Mail

Interviewer of the Year Broadsheet
Decca Aitkenhead – The Guardian
Bryan Appleyard – The Sunday Times
Simon Hattenstone – The Guardian
Camilla Long – The Sunday Times
Henry Mance – Financial Times
Rachel Sylvester – The Times

Columnist of the Year - Pop
Rachel Johnson – The Mail on Sunday
Dominic Lawson – Daily Mail
Jane Moore – The Sun
Peter Oborne – Daily Mail
Alison Phillips – Daily Mirror
Brian Reade – Daily Mirror

Columnist of the Year - Broadsheet
David Aaronovitch – The Times
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown – i
John Harris – The Guardian
Charles Moore – The Daily Telegraph
Janice Turner – The Times
Eva Wiseman – The Observer

Feature Writer of the Year
Decca Aitkenhead – The Guardian
Lucy Bannerman – The Times
Martin Fletcher – The New Statesman
AA Gill – The Sunday Times
Richard Pendlebury – Daily Mail
Mike Ridley – The Sun

Critic of the Year
Craig Brown – The Mail on Sunday
Robbie Collin – The Daily Telegraph
Rachel Cooke – The Observer
AA Gill – The Sunday Times
Jay Rayner – The Observer
Deborah Ross – The Mail on Sunday

Photographer of the Year
Carl Court – Getty Images
Chris Furlong – Getty Images
Dominic Lipinski – Press Association
Phil Noble – Reuters
Stefan Rousseau – Press Association
Andy Stenning – Daily Mirror

Sports Photographer of the Year
Marc Aspland – The Times
Mike Egerton - Press Association
Andy Hooper – Daily Mail
Tom Jenkins – The Guardian
Clive Mason – Getty Images
Martin Rickett – Press Association

Cartoonist of the Year

Steve Bell – The Guardian
Peter Brookes – The Times
Stanley (MAC) McMurtry – Daily Mail
Morten Morland – The Times
Matt Pritchett – The Daily Telegraph
Gerry Scarfe – The Sunday Times

News Reporter of the Year
Ian Birrell – The Mail on Sunday
Billy Kenber – The Times
Tom Newton-Dunn – The Sun
Oliver Shah – The Sunday Times
Daniel Taylor – The Guardian
Lucy Thornton – Daily Mirror

Website of the Year - sponsored by Google
Financial Times
The Guardian
The Sun
The Telegraph
The Times & The Sunday Times

Digital Scoop of the Year
Andrea Leadsom – The Times
Deadly rampage in Munich – Daily Mirror
FastFT – Financial Times
Football For Sale – The Daily Telegraph
Keith Vaz – Daily Mirror
US Election – The Guardian

Supplement of the Year
FT Weekend Magazine – Financial Times
G2 – The Guardian
Observer Food Monthly – The Observer
The Sunday Times Magazine – The Sunday Times
The Times Magazine – The Times
Weekend Magazine – The Guardian

Front page of the Year
Ali – The Sunday Times
Bye Bye Boris – The National
Day of Reckoning – The Times
It’s President Trump…What have they done? – Daily Mirror
Jo Cox – i
On Top of the World – Daily Mail 

The Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Prize for Innovation – sponsored by Wiggin
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff – freelance journalist and opinions editor at
Tobi Oredein – founder of  Black Ballad
Hannah Jane Parkinson – Guardian writer
Rosamund Urwin – Evening Standard Columnist and Senior Feature Writer

The Cudlipp Award – supported by the British Journalism Review
Age UK investigation – The Sun
Drugs companies campaign – The Times
End witch-hunt of British troops campaign – Daily Mail
Penman Investigates column – Daily Mirror
Supermarkets Waste campaign – London Evening Standard
The New European

Scoop of the Year – sponsored by Gorkana
Being a mother gives me edge on May - Rachel Sylvester, The Times
England manager for sale – The Daily Telegraph
Harry’s Secret Romance with TV Star - Camilla Tominey, Sunday Express
Labour MP Keith Vaz and the prostitutes at his flat - Nick Dorman, Sunday Mirror
My secret father - Charles Moore and Gordon Rayner, The Daily Telegraph
Revealed: Cameron’s honours for cronies - James Lyons, The Sunday Times

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