Paul Foot Award opens for entries

Posted on: February 23, 2018 by admin

Paul Foot Award


The Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism is now accepting entries.  Set up in memory of revered journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004, the award honours the UK’s most brilliant, talented and determined journalists working in the fields of investigative and campaigning journalism today.

Ian Hislop, the Editor of Private Eye said: “Forget Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep – these are the awards for REAL journalists! Saluting the only PFI scheme that ever worked (Paul Foot Investigates) Private Eye celebrates Foot’s continuing legacy with this prestigious prize and quite handy cheque…”

Submissions will be accepted for material published in a newspaper, magazine or website between 1 April 2017 and 30 March 2018.   No broadcast material is eligible.   Individual journalists, teams of journalists or entire publications may enter and entries will be considered for anything from a single piece to entire campaigns.

Padraig Reidy, Chair of Judges, The Private Eye Paul Foot Award, said: “The Private Eye Paul Foot Award is a wonderful reminder of the good journalism does.  After a record number of entries in 2017, I’m looking forward to reading even more of the stories that have exposed injustice, avarice and hypocrisy over the past year.”


  • Friday 30 March 2018, 5.00pm: Deadline for entries. Applications need to be submitted by POST ONLY.  Early applications are welcome.  Please see entry criteria below.
  • May 2018: Details of the short-listed entries will be published

  • Tuesday 19 June 2018: The winning entry for 2018 will be awarded £5,000 at an evening awards ceremony on at BAFTA, London.

Emma Youle, Archant Investigations Unit, scooped last year’s award for her investigation that ran in the Hackney Gazette revealing the borough’s enormous, but hidden, homeless problem – highlighting the thousands who are living in temporary accommodation.   The Hidden Homeless: £35m to keep the homeless homeless campaign ran over five weeks in 2017 and was inspired by reporting in June 2016 about a death in a homeless hostel in Hackney.

Paul Foot, an investigative journalist, editor and left-wing campaigner, worked variously for the Daily Record, the Daily Mirror, The Guardian and Private Eye. He was involved in many high-profile campaigns throughout his illustrious career, including the Birmingham Six, the Bridgewater Four and the John Poulson scandal. His accolades include the Journalist of the Year, the Campaigning Journalist of the Year, the George Orwell Prize for Journalism and in 2000 he was honoured as the Campaigning Journalist of the Decade.  Paul Foot died in 2004 at the age of 66.

For further information, including a downloadable application form, please go to:         #paulfootaward

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