The shortlist has been announced this week for the Paul Foot Award with journalists behind the Cambridge Analytica scoop, President’s Club expose and the Oxfam sex scandal nominated for the prize.
Chosen from a record number of entries from digital media, national and regional publications the shortlist includes Carole Cadwalladr from The Observer, Amelia Gentleman from The Guardian, Gordon Blackstock from the Sunday Post, Madison Marriage of the Financial Times, the Buzzfeed investigations team and Sean O’Neill from The Times.
The winning entry will be announced on Tuesday 19 June at BAFTA in London and the winner will receive £5,000. This year’s judging panel, chaired by Padraig Reidy included Julia Langdon, Political Journalist and Broadcaster; Simon Jenkins, The Guardian; Helen Lewis, New Statesman; Francis Wheen, Private Eye; Matt Foot, criminal defence solicitor and Emma Youle, Archant Investigations Unit, who won the 2017 Paul Foot Award.
Padraig Reidy said: “In a relentless torrent of breaking news, it’s a privilege to read work by journalists who have taken time and care to uncover stories that make a difference”.
The Paul Foot Award was set up in memory of revered journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004, and the award honours the UK’s most brilliant, talented and determined journalists working in the fields of investigative and campaigning journalism today.
Further information on the shortlist appears below:
Gordon Blackstock, Sunday Post, Hundreds of orphans buried in mass grave
Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer, The Cambridge Analytica files
Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian, Long-term UK residents classed as illegal immigrants
Madison Marriage, Financial Times, Men only: inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses were put on showSean O’Neill, The Times, Oxfam sex scandal cover-up
Investigations team, BuzzFeed, From Russia with blood