Shortlists announced for National Press Awards for 2017

Posted on: February 13, 2018 by admin

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

The National Press Awards for 2017, organised by the Society of Editors, recognise reporters and correspondents, commentators, columnists, cartoonists, designers, photographers, scoops, investigations and campaigns.  The awards culminate with the coveted News Website of the Year and Newspaper of the Year titles.

There are 34 categories including the Journalists’ Charity Award, the Cudlipp Award for campaign of the year and the Georgina Henry Prize for Innovation, in memory of the former deputy editor of The Guardian and founding member of Women in Journalism. A shortlist for the Georgina Henry Prize for Innovation, News Team and Sports Team of the Year and Newspaper of the Year will be announced later this month.

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 13 March 2018.

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, Cision, EY, Wiggin, Wellcome Trust, 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.

Ian Murray, chairman of the judges and Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “Once again the British press has revealed the enormous depth and breadth of talent of its talented journalists. A glance at the shortlist for this year’s National Press Awards shows that the British media remains the best in the world and all eyes are now on the awards themselves on March 13.”

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 tickets or tables for the black tie event on March 13 please contact Angela Upton or on 01223 304080. Information and prices can be found here.

Young Journalist of the Year

Glen Keogh, Daily Mail

Ben Lazarus, The Sun

Paul McClean, Financial Times

Gabriel Pogrund, The Sunday Times

Eleanor Steafel, The Daily Telegraph

Charlotte Wace, The Mail on Sunday

Business and Finance Journalist – sponsored by EY

Philip Aldrick, The Times

Tom Burgis, Financial Times

Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times

Matt Garrahan, Financial Times

Simon Goodley, The Guardian

Anthony Hilton, London Evening Standard

Political Journalist of the Year

Harry Cole, The Sun

Kate McCann, The Daily Telegraph

Tom McTague, Politico

Nigel Nelson, Sunday Mirror

Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times

Simon Walters, The Mail on Sunday

Political Commentator of the Year

Katy Balls, i and The Spectator

Stephen Bush, i and New Statesman

John Harris, The Guardian

Dan Hodges, The Mail on Sunday

Marina Hyde, The Guardian

Rachel Sylvester, The Times

Foreign Reporter of the Year

Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian and The Observer

Oliver Holmes, The Guardian

Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times

Anthony Loyd, The Times

Kim Sengupta, The Independent

Erika Solomon, Financial Times

Science Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Wellcome Trust

Steve Connor, i

Clive Cookson, Financial Times

David Crow, Financial Times

Hannah Devlin, The Guardian

Kate Kelland, Reuters

Nick Rufford, The Sunday Times

Health Journalist of the Year

Stephen Adams, The Mail on Sunday

Laura Donnelly, The Daily Telegraph

Andrew Gregory, Daily Mirror

Jane Kirby, Press Association

Sarah Neville, Financial Times

Chris Smyth, The Times

Fashion Journalist of the Year

Lisa Armstrong, The Daily Telegraph

Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian

Jo Ellison, Financial Times

LS Hilton, The Sunday Times

Anna Murphy, The Times

Claudia Winkleman, The Sunday Times

Environment Journalist of the Year

Damian Carrington, The Guardian

Pilita Clark, Financial Times

Colin Fernandez, Daily Mail

Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times

Robin McKie, The Observer

Travel Journalist of the Year

John Arlidge, The Sunday Times

Nada Farhoud, Daily Mirror

Martin Fletcher, Financial Times

Martin Hemming, The Sunday Times

Chris Leadbeater, The Daily Telegraph

Nick Trend, The Daily Telegraph

Specialist Journalist of the Year – sponsored by JTI

Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer

Tim Bullamore, Freelance

Fiona Hamilton, The Times

Chris Hughes, Daily Mirror

Jay Rayner, The Observer

Sally Weale, The Guardian

ShowBiz Reporter of the Year

Laura Armstrong, The Sun on Sunday

Tom Bryant, Daily Mirror

Chrissy Iley, The Sunday Times

Gary O’Shea, The Sun on Sunday

Halina Watts, Sunday Mirror

Dan Wootton, The Sun

Sports Journalist of the Year

Murad Ahmed, Financial Times

Sam Cunningham, Daily Mail

Martha Kelner, The Guardian

Matt Lawton, Daily Mail

Ben Rumsby, The Telegraph

Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

Interviewer of the Year Pop

Charlotte Edwardes, London Evening Standard

Frances Hardy, Daily Mail

Oliver Harvey, The Sun

Craig McLean, London Evening Standard

Cole Moreton, The Mail on Sunday

Helen Weathers, Daily Mail

Interviewer of the Year Broadsheet

Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian

Emma Brockes, The Guardian

Hadley Freeman, The Guardian

Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times

Krissi Murison, The Sunday Times

Janice Turner, The Times

Columnist of the Year Pop

Peter Hitchens, The Mail on Sunday

Oliver Holt, The Mail on Sunday

Rachel Johnson, The Mail on Sunday

Rod Liddle, The Sun

Alison Phillips, Daily Mirror

Brian Reade, Daily Mirror

Columnist of the Year Broadsheet

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, i

Niall Ferguson, The Sunday Times

Marina Hyde, The Guardian

Rod Liddle, The Sunday Times

David Mitchell, The Observer

Janice Turner, The Times

Feature Writer of the Year Pop

Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday

Tanith Carey, Daily Mail

Barbara Davies, Daily Mail

Antonia Hoyle, Daily Mail

Tom Parry, Daily Mirror

Brian Reade, Daily Mirror

Feature Writer of the Year Broadsheet

Katie Glass, The Sunday Times

Simon Hattenstone, The Guardian

Sam Knight, The Guardian

Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times

Patrick Strudwick, Buzzfeed

Gary Younge, The Guardian

Critic of the Year

Alice Jones, i

Rowan Moore, The Observer

Marina O’Loughlin, The Sunday Times

Hugo Rifkind, The Times

Ally Ross, The Sun

Deborah Ross, The Mail on Sunday

Best of Humour Award

Dear God, Michael Deacon, The Daily Telegraph

Egg, chips and spam, Tom Peck, The Independent

Uber: the triumph of wallet over spirit, Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times

Lady bosses, Giles Coren, The Times

Harvey Weinstein, Marina Hyde, The Guardian

Our week, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Hugo Rifkind, The Times

Photographer of the Year

Bruce Adams, Daily Mail

Ali Arkady, The Sunday Times

Ben Cawthra, The Sunday Times

Hannah McKay, Reuters

Stefan Rousseau, Press Association

Jeremy Selwyn, London Evening Standard

Sports Photographer of the Year

Marc Aspland, The Times

Andy Hooper, Daily Mail

Ian MacNicol, Freelance

Dylan Martinez, Reuters

Bradley Ormesher, The Times

Richard Pelham, The Sun

Cartoonist of the Year

Peter Brookes, The Times

Dave Brown, The Independent

Morten Morland, The Times and The Sunday Times

Matt Pritchett, The Daily Telegraph

Jonathan Pugh, Daily Mail

Chris Riddell, The Observer

Scoop of the Year – sponsored by Cision

Ant in Drug Rehab, Gary O’Shea and Patrick Gysin, The Sun on Sunday

Facebook publishing child porn, Alexi Mostrous, The Times

No 10 covered up Trident missile fiasco, The Sunday Times

Pestminster, Harry Cole and Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun

Police: We found porn on deputy PM’s computers, Tom Harper, Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Richard Kerbaj, The Sunday Times

Prince Harry, Bryony Gordon, The Daily Telegraph

News Reporter of the Year

Paul Bentley, Daily Mail

Harry Cole, The Sun

Insight, The Sunday Times

Alexi Mostrous, The Times

David Rose, The Mail on Sunday

Mark Townsend, The Observer

Supplement of the Year

Culture, The Sunday Times

FT Weekend Magazine

Observer Food Monthly

Style, The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times Magazine

The Times Magazine

Front page of the Year

Assault on Westminster, The Times

Change the law for Max, Daily Mirror

How the hell could it happen? Daily Mail

Inferno, London Evening Standard

The water in Majorca looks scarier than it oughta, The Sun

Today Britain steps into the unknown, The Guardian

The Cudlipp Award – Campaign of the Year

Changing Minds, The Daily Telegraph

Google and Facebook, The Times

Leaseholds campaign, The Guardian

Marine A – Sergeant Blackman campaign, Daily Mail

Student Loans campaign,

Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign, Daily Mail

News Website of the Year

Buzzfeed UK

Financial Times

The Guardian

The Independent

The Telegraph