Society announces Inaugural Media Freedom Awards to champion campaigning journalism

Posted on: March 24, 2022 by Claire Meadows

The Society of Editors has today announced the launch of its inaugural Media Freedom Awards that will champion campaigning journalism across the UK.

The awards, which will culminate in a ceremony on Wednesday 9 November 2022 at The Underglobe in London, will recognise individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond to promote freedom of expression and media freedom with full details of the categories and entry process to be announced.  

Announcing the awards, Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “The Society’s inaugural Media Freedom Awards will recognise the individuals and organisations that are championing media freedom at a time when accurate, timely and verifiable news and information has never been more vital.

“The public must only look to the coverage of the crisis in Ukraine to see the necessity of an open, free, and independent media that is able to hold power to account without fear or favour. 

“Full details of the awards – which will be free to enter – will be published, alongside a list of categories, in the coming weeks.”

The awards come in the wake of an announcement earlier this month of the return of the Society’s annual conference. Considered a major highlight of the media calendar, the conference will take place on Wednesday 11 May 2022 at Mary Ward House in London and will bring together speakers and figures from across the industry with in-person discussions planned on technological trends and innovation and avenues for engaging audiences and making content pay.

Booking is now open for the conference with a preferential members rate of £120+VAT if booked before 31st March 2022. Attendance for non-members is priced at an early-bird rate of £130+VAT. Contact to book.

The Society’s campaigning work on behalf of press freedom is made possible thanks to the support of Camelot, Meta and Google.