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Press Awards 2016 – winners announced

The Daily Mail was last night crowned the Newspaper of the Year at the Society of Editors Press Awards – one of the leading annual events for the UK’s national newspapers and media.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 15 March 2017 10:06

Press Awards 2016 – winners announced

Newspaper of the Year: Daily Mail. Pictured from left: Rob Dwight of Camelot, Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre and event host Nick Ferrari.

The Mail was awarded the accolade for its campaigning on a number of issues during 2016 and its dominance of the Brexit debate.

The judges said: “In the seismic year of Brexit, the battle for No.10 and campaigning journalism, the winner had its finger on the pulse of the national conversation. Not only did it shape both the agenda and the narrative it reflected the temper of a large part of the country in a year of political upheaval. It was a must-read across the political and public spectrum and its strong and provocative voice never wavered.

“From crusading reports on press freedom to Brexit, the Sepsis scandal, the madness of drivers using mobile phones, wasteful foreign aid spending, betrayal of Afghan interpreters, the harm caused by ‘plastic poison’ and the battle to end the witch-hunt against British troops, the conviction of the paper’s commentary and campaigning in 2016 was matched only by its energy. It is also never afraid to have a strong opinion.

“It is the job of a newspaper to hold power to account and to forensically question and probe those who act in our name.

“The decision of the judges was that it dominated the narrative and produced agenda-setting and stand out coverage in 2016.”

The paper also saw Peter Oborne awarded the Columnist of the Year in the popular category, Stanley (MAC) McMurtry awarded the Cartoonist of the Year and Andy Hooper awarded the Sports Photographer of the Year accolade.

The awards for national newspaper journalism were handed out a glittering ceremony to celebrate the awards for 2016 at London’s Hilton on Park Lane last night.

Other big winners were The Times, the Financial Times, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.

The Times saw reporter Rachel Sylvester named Political Journalist of the Year for the second year in a row and awarded Scoop of the Year for her interview with Conservative party leader candidate Andrea Leadsom in which she suggested that ‘Being a mother’ gave her the edge on Theresa May.

In awarding the honours the judges said that Sylvester’s work in 2016 “excelled”.

They added that Sylvester’s interview “not only cleared the path for Theresa May to walk into 10 Downing Street but highlighted the sheer hypocrisy of a politician all too eager to accuse the media of ‘making it up’. Her scoop dominated the news agenda and was quality journalism published at a time of massive political uncertainty.”

The Times also saw Anthony Loyd awarded the Foreign Reporter of the Year and Billy Kenber named Science and Health Journalist of the Year. The Times’ ‘Day of Reckoning’ cover on the day of the referendum was named Front Page of the Year.

The Financial Times won the Website of the Year for 2016 and also saw Pilita Clark named Environment Journalist of the Year, Simon Usborne named Travel Journalist of the Year, Henry Mance awarded Interviewer of the Year for the Broadsheets and the FT Weekend Magazine named Supplement of the Year.

The Sunday Times took home the Young Journalist of the Year for Louise Callaghan. Oliver Shah, who led the coverage on the demise of BHS and the role of Sir Philip Green was awarded the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year Award.

The evening also saw posthumous honours for Feature Writer of the Year and Critic of the Year awarded to AA Gill. Gill, a prominent writer for The Sunday Times, passed away in December 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

In awarding the Feature Writer of the Year to Gill the judges noted: “The strength of his writing not only brought difficult issues to a wider audience but also proved his brilliance. His last feature on the NHS was truly outstanding and both moving and insightful in its own right.”

The evening also saw The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman named Specialist Journalist of the Year and Daniel Taylor triumphed in both the Sports Journalist of the Year and News Reporter of the Year categories. Taylor, Chief Football Writer for The Guardian, was applauded by the judges for his reporting on the football sexual abuse scandal.

The judges described Taylor’s work over the year as “agenda-setting, sensitive and unequivocally in the public interest”.

They added: “While his interview with Andy Woodward was an outstanding piece of reporting, his follow-ups and the aftermath of the revelations have been just as important. Quite simply, his work dominated the news agenda both in print, on television and online and one suspects that the repercussions will be felt for years to come.”

The Telegraph’s Executive Director Guy Black was awarded the Journalists’ Charity of the Year Award, recognising his work for the charity and the Telegraph’s Allardyce scoop was named Digital Scoop of the Year. Lisa Armstrong was also presented with the Fashion Journalist of the Year honour.

The Sun saw its Age UK investigation awarded the Cudlipp Award for campaigning journalism and Laura Armstrong was named the Showbiz Reporter of the Year for the Sunday edition. The New European, launched in the immediate aftermath of the European referendum and intended to be a pop-up, was awarded the Chairman’s Award in recognition of its success and quality journalism.

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

The winners of the Press Awards 2016:

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Supported by the Cecil King Foundation

Winner: Louise Callaghan – The Sunday Times

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST

Sponsored by EY

Winner: Oliver Shah – The Sunday Times

Highly commended: John Gapper – Financial Times

POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Rachel Sylvester – The Times

Highly commended: Matthew Parris – The Times

FOREIGN REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Reuters

Winner: Anthony Loyd – The Times

Highly commended: Louise Callaghan – The Sunday Times and Patrick Cockburn – The Independent

SCIENCE AND HEALTH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust

Winner: Billy Kenber – The Times

Highly commended: Andrew Gregory – Daily Mirror

FASHION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lisa Armstrong – The Daily Telegraph

Highly commended: Anna Murphy – The Times

ENVIRONMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by United Utilities

Winner: Pilita Clark – Financial Times

Highly commended: George Monbiot – The Guardian

TRAVEL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Simon Usborne – Financial Times

Highly commended: Chris Haslam – The Sunday Times

SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by JTI

Winner: Amelia Gentleman – The Guardian

Highly commended: Larisa Brown – Daily Mail and Patrick Strudwick - Buzzfeed

SHOWBIZ REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Laura Armstrong – The Sun on Sunday

Highly commended: Tom Bryant – Daily Mirror

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Daniel Taylor – The Guardian

Highly commended: Martha Kelner – Daily Mail

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR (POP)

Winner: Charlotte Edwardes – London Evening Standard

Highly commended: Frances Hardy – Daily Mail

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR (BROADSHEET)

Winner: Henry Mance – Financial Times

Highly commended: Bryan Appleyard – The Sunday Times

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (POP)

Winner: Peter Oborne – Daily Mail

Highly commended: Dominic Lawson – Daily Mail and Jane Moore – The Sun

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (BROADSHEET)

Winner: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown – i

Highly commended: Janice Turner – The Times

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: AA Gill – The Sunday Times

CRITIC OF THE YEAR

Winner: AA Gill – The Sunday Times

Highly commended: Robbie Collin – The Daily Telegraph

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Dominic Lipinski – Press Association

Highly commended: Carl Court – Getty Images

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Andy Hooper – Daily Mail

Highly commended: Mike Egerton – Press Association

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Stanley (MAC) McMurtry – Daily Mail

Highly commended: Peter Brookes – The Times

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Daniel Taylor – The Guardian

Highly commended: Oliver Shah – The Sunday Times

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Financial Times

Highly commended: The Sun

DIGITAL SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Winner: Football For Sale – The Daily Telegraph

Highly commended: Keith Vaz – Daily Mirror

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Winner: FT Weekend Magazine – Financial Times

Highly commended: The Times Magazine – The Times and G2 – The Guardian

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Day of Reckoning – The Times

Highly commended: It’s President Trump…What have they done? – Daily Mirror

THE GEORGINA HENRY WOMEN IN JOURNALISM PRIZE FOR INNOVATION

Sponsored by Wiggin

Winner: Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff – freelance journalist and opinions editor at gal-dem.com

Highly commended: Rosamund Urwin – Evening Standard Columnist and Senior Feature Writer

THE CUDLIPP AWARD

Supported by the British Journalism Review

Winner: Age UK Investigation – The Sun

Highly commended: Drugs Companies campaign – The Times

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

Winner: Guy Black, Executive Director, Telegraph Media Group

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Gorkana

Winner: Being a mother gives me edge on May, Rachel Sylvester – The Times

Highly commended: My Secret Father, Charles Moore and Gordon Rayner – The Daily Telegraph

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Winner: The New European

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Daily Mail

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