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SoE Press Awards 2020 – shortlists announced

The Society of Editors yesterday announced the shortlists for its annual Press Awards, celebrating the best of national journalism.

SoE Press Awards 2020 – shortlists announced
Ian Murray: “This shortlist of those in the running for the awards proves once again that UK journalism is at the top of its game.”

The Society of Editors’ Press Awards for 2020 recognise reporters and correspondents, commentators, columnists, cartoonists, designers, podcasts, photographers, scoops, investigations and campaigns.

There are 49 categories including the Journalists’ Charity Award, the Cudlipp Award for excellence in popular journalism and the Georgina Henry Award 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 Award will be announced at a later date.

The Society will be spotlighting the work of its nominees along with judges’ comments in the weeks up until the awards ceremony via the SoE News Bulletin.

Winners will be revealed at a celebratory virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday 31 March, details of which will be announced shortly.

Sponsors for the awards include Camelot which has supported the Society since 2001, headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project, Google News Initiative, Amazon, Cision, The Careers Office, Newsworks, DialAFlight, Springer Nature, Luther Pendragon, BT, Wiggin, the Cecil King Memorial Foundation, the British Journalism Review, and the Journalists’ Charity.

Chair of the Judges and Executive Director of the Society of Editors, Ian Murray, said: “We will surely always look back at 2020 in awe, not just for the fact it produced the greatest news story probably of our lifetimes, but the way in which the Press rose to the challenge in reporting it.

“Entries submitted for the 2020 Society of Editors' Press Awards underscore the depth of talent and sheer professionalism that underpins the UK national press. This shortlist of those in the running for the awards proves once again that UK journalism is at the top of its game.”

The Society organises the awards on behalf of the industry, with proceeds helping to fund the SoE’s campaigns for media freedom and the work of the Journalists’ Charity.

The shortlists:

Individual Awards

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Supported by the Cecil King Memorial Foundation

Abbianca Makoni, Evening Standard

Alexandra Heal, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Ethan Ennals, The Mail on Sunday

Katie Whyatt, The Athletic UK

Megan Agnew, The Sunday Times Magazine

Rachel Lloyd, The Economist

Sarah Newey, The Telegraph

Will Brown, The Telegraph

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR – POPULAR

Caroline Iggulden, The Sun

Clemmie Moodie, The Sun

Gabrielle Donnelly, Daily Mail

Jan Moir, Daily Mail

Jason Beattie, Daily Mirror

Rebecca Hardy, Daily Mail

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Alexandra Pollard, The Independent

Andrew Billen, The Times

Celia Walden, Telegraph Magazine

Charlotte Edwardes, The Times

Decca Aitkenhead, The Sunday Times Magazine

Guy Kelly, The Telegraph

Hadley Freeman, The Guardian

Simon Hattenstone, The Guardian

LIFESTYLE PODCAST OF THE YEAR

Giles Coren has no idea, The Times and The Sunday Times

Liz Jones’s Diary – The Podcast, Daily Mail

Pod Save The Queen, Daily Mirror

Seasoned Sessions, BuzzFeed UK

Tech and Science Daily, Evening Standard

NEWS PODCAST OF THE YEAR

Bed of Lies by Cara McGoogan, The Daily Telegraph

Coffee House Shots, The Spectator

Coronavirus: The Latest, The Telegraph

Stories of our times, The Times and The Sunday Times

Today in focus, The Guardian

True Crime Podcast, Daily Mail

SCIENCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Springer Nature

Clive Cookson, Financial Times

Ian Sample, The Guardian

Robin McKie, The Observer

Stephanie Baker, Bloomberg

Tom Chivers, UnHerd

Tom Whipple, The Times

SHOWBIZ REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Clemmie Moodie, The Sun

Ellie Woodward, BuzzFeed UK

Grant Tucker, The Sunday Times

Katie Hind, The Mail on Sunday

Nicola Methven, Daily Mirror

Simon Boyle, The Sun

DATA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

Ian Jones, PA Media

James Tozer and Martín González, The Economist

John Burn-Murdoch, Financial Times

Sondre Ulvund Solstad, The Economist

Tom Calver, The Sunday Times

Tom Worville, The Athletic UK

SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Dan Wootton, The Sun

Larisa Brown, Daily Mail

Max Daly, VICE

Robert Booth, The Guardian

Tim Bullamore, The Times

Tim Harford, Financial Times

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Luther Pendragon

Andrew Penman, Daily Mirror

Dan McCrum, Financial Times

John Arlidge, The Sunday Times Magazine

Katie Morley, The Telegraph

Rob Davies, The Guardian

Tom Witherow, Daily Mail

FASHION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian

Lauren Indvik, Financial Times

Matthew Sweet, 1843 Magazine

Priya Elan, The Guardian

Shane Watson, Daily Mail

ENVIRONMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Amazon

Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg

Colin Fernandez, Daily Mail

Fiona Harvey, The Guardian

Leslie Hook, Financial Times

Nada Farhoud, Daily Mirror

Robin McKie, The Observer

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Ben Birchall, PA Media

Dylan Martinez, Reuters

Hannah McKay, Reuters

Henry Nicholls, Thomson Reuters

Hollie Adams, Bloomberg

Philip Coburn, Daily Mirror

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Andy Hooper, Daily Mail

Bradley Ormesher, The Times

Carl Recine, Reuters

Marc Aspland, The Times

Richard Pelham, The Sun

Tim Goode, PA Media

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR

Ben Jennings, i

Chris Riddell, The Observer

Jonathan Pugh, Daily Mail

Matt Pritchett, The Telegraph

Morten Morland, The Sunday Times and The Times

Nick Newman, The Sunday Times

TRAVEL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by DialAFlight

Duncan Craig, The Sunday Times

Joshua Hunt, 1843 Magazine

Mark Palmer, Daily Mail

Nick Trend, The Telegraph

Tom Payne, Daily Mail

Tom Robbins, Financial Times

FOREIGN REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Anthony Loyd, The Times

Bel Trew, The Independent

Louise Callaghan, The Sunday Times

Megha Rajagopalan, BuzzFeed UK

Miles Johnson, Financial Times

Nicolas Pelham, 1843 Magazine

HEALTH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Andrew Gregory, The Sunday Times

Jo MacFarlane, The Mail on Sunday

Laura Donnelly, The Telegraph

Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

Sarah Neville, Financial Times

Simon Akam, 1843 Magazine

THE HUGH MCILVANNEY AWARD FOR SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Andy Bull, The Guardian

Jeremy Wilson, The Telegraph

Matt Dickinson, The Times

Mike Atherton, The Times

Rob Draper, The Mail on Sunday

Sam Wallace, The Telegraph

POLITICAL REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Anna Mikhailova, The Mail on Sunday

George Parker, Financial Times

Harry Cole, The Sun

Pippa Crerar, Daily Mirror

Steven Swinford, The Times

Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

James Forsyth, The Spectator

Marina Hyde, The Guardian

Stephen Bush, i

Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times

Tom McTague, The Atlantic

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR – POPULAR

Antonia Hoyle, Daily Mail

Barbara Davies, Daily Mail

Henry Deedes, Daily Mail

Ian Birrell, Tortoise / The Mail on Sunday

Oliver Harvey, The Sun

Sarah Oliver, The Mail on Sunday

Tanith Carey, Daily Mail

Zing Tsjeng, VICE

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Andrew Billen, The Times

Cara McGoogan, The Daily Telegraph

Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times Magazine

Mick Brown, The Telegraph

Nicolas Pelham, 1843 Magazine

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

Tim Adams, The Observer

TECHNOLOGY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by BT

Alexi Mostrous, Tortoise

Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times

Dave Lee, Financial Times

Hannah Boland, The Telegraph

Stephanie Kirchgaessner, The Guardian

DRIVING DIVERSITY AWARD

Sponsored by Cision

Bloomberg

Daily Mail

Daily Mirror

FT Early Career and Future Talent Programmes, Financial Times

The Athletic UK

The Guardian

The Sun

Tracking the Backlash, openDemocracy

REPORTING DIVERSITY AWARD

Sponsored by The Careers Office

Aasma Day, HuffPost UK

Barnie Choudhury, Eastern Eye

Black Britain by Eva Simpson and Nick Webster, Daily Mirror

Darren Lewis, Daily Mirror

Saba Salman, The Guardian

Sophie Campbell, freelance

CRITIC OF THE YEAR

Camilla Long, The Sunday Times

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday

Deborah Ross, The Mail on Sunday

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

Jay Rayner, The Observer

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – POPULAR

Jan Moir, Daily Mail

Liz Jones, The Mail on Sunday

Mark Steel, Sunday Mirror

Max Pemberton, Daily Mail

Oliver Holt, The Mail on Sunday

Piers Morgan, The Mail on Sunday

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Caitlin Moran, The Times

Camilla Long, The Sunday Times

Catherine Nixey, 1843 Magazine

Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times

Janice Turner, The Times

Marina Hyde, The Guardian

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored By Facebook Journalism Project

Covid-19 excess mortality tracker, The Economist

Data and Digital Storytelling Team, The Times and The Sunday Times

FT coronavirus tracker, Financial Times

PA Explore, PA Media

Spectator Data Hub, The Spectator

Covid Data Visualisation Project, The Telegraph

US election forecast 2020, The Economist

You Are Not Alone, The Telegraph

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Bloomberg Green

How To Spend It relaunch, Financial Times

Impact and community organising team, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Guardian’s Daily Edition app

Times Radio

You Are Not Alone, The Telegraph

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cision

Assange fathered two babies inside embassy by Sarah Oliver of The Mail on Sunday

China Lab by Ian Birrell and Glen Owen of The Mail on Sunday

Cummings broke lockdown rules, Daily Mirror

Lockdown professor steps down after breaking rules to meet married lover, The Daily Telegraph

Megxit, The Sun

Princess Diana’s Panorama Interview, Daily Mail

Revealed: Dominic Cummings breaks lockdown, The Guardian

SCOOP OF THE YEAR: POPULAR LIFE

‘£80k for Damehood’ honours scandal exposed by George Odling and Tom Kelly of the Daily Mail

£335m Victoria Beckham gets taxpayer to pay staff’s wages by Katie Hind of The Mail on Sunday

First Strictly Same Sex Pair by Nicola Methven of the Daily Mirror

Gunnersaurus latest victim of Arsenal cost-cutting by David Ornstein of The Athletic UK

The Papa John’s ‘£250,000 takeaway from the taxpayer’, Daily Mail

INVESTIGATION OF THE YEAR

Dominic Cummings Broke Lockdown Rules, Daily Mirror

Failures of State: Insight’s Coronavirus investigations, The Sunday Times

FinCEN Files, BuzzFeed UK

Global anti-abortion misinformation, openDemocracy

Old Money – the scandal of social care fat cats, Tortoise

Princess Diana’s Panorama Interview, Daily Mail

SAS War Crimes, The Sunday Times

Wirecard, Financial Times

SPORTS NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR

Enough is Enough: Sportsmail’s Campaign to tackle dementia, Daily Mail

Dementia in rugby, The Guardian

FA Cup Betting Deal’s Slap in Face to William by Eleanor Hayward, Daily Mail

Ketones by Nick Harris, Rob Draper and Edmund Willison, The Mail on Sunday

Project Big Picture by Sam Wallace, The Telegraph

Sir Bobby Charlton by Jeremy Wilson, The Telegraph

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Abul Taher, The Mail on Sunday

Gabriel Pogrund, The Sunday Times

Jeremy Armstrong, Daily Mirror

Robert Mendick, The Daily Telegraph/ Sunday Telegraph

Stephen Wright, Daily Mail

Tom Wells, The Sun

Group Awards

BUSINESS AND FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Bloomberg

Business and Finance Team, The Mail on Sunday

Wirecard reporting, Financial Times

The Sunday Times Business and Finance Team

The Times Business Team

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

How to Survive & Thrive, Daily Mail

Next Generation, Daily Mirror

The Lost Year: How coronavirus changed everything, The Guardian

The Rich List, The Sunday Times

The Ripper – A Life of Evil, The Sun

VE Day supplement, The Daily Telegraph

VJ Day supplement, Daily Express

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Culture, The Sunday Times

Femail, Daily Mail

FT Weekend Life & Arts, Financial Times

G2, The Guardian

Review, The Daily Telegraph

Telegraph Travel – Saturday, The Telegraph

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

How To Spend It, Financial Times

The Observer Magazine

The Sunday Times Magazine

The Times Magazine

Weekend, The Guardian

YOU, The Mail on Sunday

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

Britannia Waives the Rules, i

Cummings Broke Lockdown Rules, Daily Mirror

For pity’s sake, just let them hold hands, Daily Mail

‘Our streets are not empty, they are filled with love’, The Sun

The lives cut short, The Guardian

Young, British and Black, The Guardian

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Newsworks

Be a Poppy Star, The Sun

End This Injustice, Daily Express

Food For London Now and Help the Hungry, Evening Standard and The Independent

Hear Our Voice, Sunday Post

Housing Scandal, The Sunday Times

Let them hold hands, Daily Mail

Mail Force, Daily Mail

Clean Air for All Campaign, The Times

THE CUDLIPP AWARD

Supported by the British Journalism Review

All our Failed Children: mental health report, Sunday Post

Give Me Five: child poverty in Britain, Daily Mirror

Google Watch: scams investigation, Daily Mirror

Mail Force: PPE Crisis, Daily Mail

The Excluded: disruptive pupils campaign, Evening Standard

War Child: Afghan children campaign, Daily Express

NEWS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Google News Initiative

FT.com

inews.co.uk

Mirror.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

The Sun online

theguardian.com

SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Camelot

Sunday Mirror

Sunday People

The Mail on Sunday

The Observer

The Sunday Telegraph

The Sunday Times

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Camelot

Daily Express

Daily Mail

Daily Mirror

Financial Times

i

The Daily Telegraph

The Guardian

The Times

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