8th December 2016

British Journalism Awards winners revealed

The Press Gazette awards were hosted at the Stationers' Hall in London.


Laura Kuenssberg, BBC political editor, picked up the top prize - journalist of the year.

The judges said of Kuenssberg: “In a tumultuous year she rose to the challenge and made the story of Brexit her own.”

The prestigious Marie Colvin Award was given to Syrian citizen journalists reported for Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently.

Of this entry, the judges said: “Given what those people have done and the price they have paid, it would be odd to put anyone ahead of them.”

Abdalaziz Alhamza, one of the founders of the site, said: “Our work shows that we can fight arms with words, and that ultimately is the only way to defeat them, and ISIS knows it. That is why it has killed many of our colleagues both in Syria and even outside of Syria. ISIS is afraid. It is afraid most of one idea: Liberty.”

 

 

In full, the winners are as follows:

LOCAL HEROES AWARD

Birmingham Mail, Andy Richards, for the campaign to resume the Birmingham pub bombing victims’ inquest

BUSINESS, FINANCE AND ECONOMICS JOURNALISM

Sponsored by TSB

The Guardian, Simon Goodley, for: Revealed: how Sports Direct effectively pays below minimum wage, A day at ‘the gulag’: what it’s like to work at Sports Direct’s warehouse and Sports Direct warehouse workers to receive back pay

SPECIALIST JOURNALISM

Health Service Journal patient safety correspondent Shaun Lintern, for: Watchdog resigns over deputy’s sexual harassment cover-up, Investigations launched into Stafford Hospital death ‘cover up‘ and Huge leak reveals BMA plan to ‘draw out’ junior doctors dispute

POLITICS JOURNALISM

The Times, Rachel Sylvester, for: Being a mother gives me edge on May—Leadsom, As Labour splits, a new party is emerging and Gove picks cabinet fight over deal with Saudis.

SPORTS JOURNALISM

Sponsored by St Mary’s Twickenham University

Daily Mail, Matt Lawton, for: Golden girl in drug ban drama, Coe ‘misled MPs over doping at Olympics’ and Now GB cyclist fails drugs test

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY JOURNALIST

Sponsored by Astellas

The Times, Billy Kenber, for: ‘Extortionate’ prices add £260m to NHS drug bill, Drug ‘profiteers’ face fines and Huge price rise forces NHS

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bournemouth University

Sunday People, Martyn Halle, for: ‘Go home unless you are dying’, campaign exposing shortcomings at North Middlesex Hospital

POPULAR JOURNALISM

The Sun, Dan Jones, for: Bung charity’s £47m OAP deals, Sun victory as Age UK caves in and Taking the OAP: Charity punts dearer power to old

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore, for: My secret father, DNA tests reveal Archbishop of Canterbury’s astonishing family past

PHOTOJOURNALISM

Sponsored by The Mega Agency

Mail on Sunday, Philip Ide

DIGITAL INNOVATION

Sponsored by NEWSTAG

TheGuardian.com for: 6X9 – A virtual experience of solitary confinement

INVESTIGATION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Transparency International

Winners:

The Guardian for: The Panama Papers

BBC Panorama – Richard Bilton, James Oliver, Jonathan Coffey, David Thompson, Andrew Head for: Tax Havens of the Rich and Powerful Exposed (also on the Panama Papers)

NEW JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy

Louise Callaghan, The Sunday Times, for: Turks crush coup; Cold, held like cattle, refugees grow sick in Greek island ‘jail’ and How ISIS Slaughtered our city

FOREIGN AFFAIRS JOURNALISM

Channel 4 News, Waad Al-Khatib, for: A life in the day of Aleppo, The last flower-seller of Aleppo and Mayissa’s story

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Gorkana Jobs

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg

THE MARIE COLVIN AWARD

Supported by Reporters Without Borders

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

The Press Gazette British Journalism Awards was sponsored by Heineken.

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