British Journalism Awards 2019: Book your seats for 10 December ceremony in London

The deadline for entries to Press Gazette’s British Journalism Awards 2019 has now closed with finalists to be announced next month.

  • Find out more details on our dedicated awards website
  • Apply now for any of the 23 award categories

Set up in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry, the BJAs aim to celebrate and reward the best public interest journalism the UK has to offer.

Prizes for Interviewer of the Year, and Crime and Legal Affairs are up for grabs for the first time this year, alongside the familiar top awards for Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year.

Previous big winners include LBC’s Nick Ferrari, BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and the Sunday Times’s Jonathan Calvert, as well as journalists working in print, online and broadcast news across the UK.

Last year the awards attracted more than 400 entries and named the FT as News Provider of the Year while the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman took Journalist of the Year.

Carole Cadwalladr of The Observer won the Technology Journalism Prize and was joint winner, with Channel 4, of Investigation of the Year for her work on the Cambridge Analytica Files.

Now in their seventh year, the British Journalism Awards are moving to a new venue within central London and will take place at the Hilton Bankside Hotel, Southwark, on 10 December 2019.

This year’s awards are being exclusively sponsored by Uber.

Entries open on 1 August 2019 and will close on 30 September 2019. There is no early-bird rate this year. See below for more information on the categories and entry criteria or visit our dedicated awards website.

Prices for entry are as follows and apply to each new entry:

  • Regional press / Freelance – £75 + VAT
  • National press / Broadcast – £110 + VAT

A panel of more than 50 judges, including 11 former national newspaper editors, chaired by Press Gazette editor-in-chief Dominic Ponsford will assess entries.

They will announce the shortlists in November, when tickets to attend the ceremony will go on sale.

Ponsford said: “The British Journalism Awards is an event which is unashamedly idealistic in its aims, but this doesn’t mean that great popular journalism won’t be recognised.

“On the contrary, this event is as much about celebrating sensational journalism in the mould of that promoted by the Daily Mirror’s Hugh Cudlipp as it is about recognising high-minded investigations of the sort pursued by the Sunday Times Insight Team under Harold Evans.

“Crucially, the British Journalism Awards will recognise the best journalists of the year regardless of the medium they work on – be it print, online or broadcasting.

“Following the findings of the Cairncross Review this year, the debate over how we fund high-quality journalism in the digital age remains very much a live issue.

“This event will once again provide a showcase for the best journalism in the UK that has made a difference for the better in society.

“Like the journalism itself, the judging process strives to be utterly impartial and is conducted without fear or favour.

“As before, the judges will be looking to recognise work which is revelatory, shows journalistic skill and rigour and which serves the public interest.”

Categories and criteria for the British Journalism Awards 2019

Arts and Entertainment

For the journalist who has done the most to probe and investigate the worlds of showbiz, the arts and entertainment.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Business Finance and Economics Journalism sponsored by Starling Bank

For the journalist who has done the most to probe and investigate the world of business.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Campaign of the Year sponsored by Uber

For the series of articles, broadcasts or digital project which has done the most to make a difference in society and serve the public interest.

You cannot enter the same work in the Campaign and Investigation categories. Judges will be looking for evidence of a campaign’s impact, originality, bravery, skill of execution and at how journalism has been used to further the campaign’s objectives.

For print/online entries, please provide up to five examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to five clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Interviewer of the Year

For the journalist who has done the most to bring new information to light through interviews.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Comment Journalism

This category recognises the best comment journalist of the year.
The judges are looking for the most incisive comment which has brought new ideas and thinking to bear when discussing a matter of public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Crime and legal affairs

This category is for the best journalism covering crime, courts and the law.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Features

This award is for the best features journalist of the year.

It rewards excellent journalism on a matter of public interest which could be descriptive or of a human interest nature and shows evidence of fine writing.

This category is not intended for investigations or comment.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Foreign Affairs sponsored by The Investigative Journal

For the journalist working for a UK audience, whose reports from overseas have done the most to serve the public interest.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Health and Life Sciences Journalism sponsored by EY

This category is for journalists who cover health and life sciences industries.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Innovation sponsored by Google News Initiative

This category is for the best journalism innovation of the year.

The judges are looking for a project which brings new information to light on a matter of public interest either directly or indirectly by creating a new stream of revenue.

Innovative digital storytelling can be submitted in this category but it is also open to print and broadcast work.
Suitable entries could include:

  • A new editorial product or method of storytelling which has found a new audience
  • An innovative way of investigating a story
  • A paywall or other commercial strategy which helps to pay for journalism.

Please provide a supporting statement of up to 500 words. For print/online entries please submit up to five supporting articles. Broadcasters should submit up to five clips or one entire programme to support their entry.

This innovation should either have been launched between September 1 2018 and September 30 2019 or have borne fruit in that time period.

Investigation of the Year sponsored by Transparency International UK

This award is for the most incisive and revelatory public interest investigation of the year.

The judges will be looking for work which is compelling and which brings significant new information to light on a matter of public interest. You cannot enter the same work in the Campaign and Investigation categories.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to five examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to five clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Local Journalism

This category is for the best journalism at a local and regional level.
It is open to local newspapers, websites and broadcast outlets. Those working for news outlets aimed at a national audience cannot enter this category.

Journalists can enter this category as individuals or teams. They may want to highlight one particular project, investigation, campaign or a linked series of news stories.

The judges are looking for work which has done the most to bring new information to light on a matter of public interest and for journalism which has made a difference for the better at a local level.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

New Journalist of the Year

This award is for a relative newcomer to the industry (who may have worked in other jobs before) and has been a journalist for fewer than 36 months.

The judges will be looking for work which is compelling and which brings significant new information to light on a matter of public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Photojournalism sponsored by Affinity Photo

For the photographer whose work has done the most to serve the public interest.

Please submit up to three photos (as jpeg files). Entrants can also provide PDFs of the images as they appeared in print or online. There is a six-file limit per entry.

Please also include a supporting statement of up to 500 words.

Politics Journalism

This category is for the best politics journalism published in any format aimed at a mainly UK audience.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Science Journalism sponsored by Takeda

This award is for journalists who cover science and the environment.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Scoop of the Year

This is the prize for the best story of the year (news providers can enter only one story for this award).

The judges are looking for work which had an impact, brought new information to light and served the public interest.

Please include a supporting statement of up 500 words. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Specialist Journalism

This category is aimed at specialist and trade publications. Specialist journalists working in other media can enter if they are not covered by one of the other categories.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Sports Journalism

This is for the sports journalist who has done the most to investigate the world of sport and serve the public interest.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Technology Journalism sponsored by Huawei

For the journalist who has done the most over the course of the year to investigate the world of technology.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

News Provider of the Year sponsored by ResponseSource

For the news organisation which has done the most to provide journalism that is both interesting to the public and in the public interest.

This category is open to newspapers, magazines, websites and broadcast outlets. News channels, news agencies and particular broadcast journalism strands are all eligible.

The award will recognise a news provider that has excelled in terms of serving the public interest and bringing new information to light.

The judges are looking for a news provider which stands out because of the quality of its investigative journalism and ability to break news on matters of public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to ten examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to ten clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Journalist of the Year sponsored by Camelot

This award is for the journalist who, more than any other, deserves recognition for their outstanding individual performance over the year.

The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to five examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to five clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.

Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

The Marie Colvin Award

This category was launched in memory of the late Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin who was killed reporting on the plight of people in the besieged Syrian city of Homs in 2012.

It is free to enter and anyone can make a nomination.

The judges are looking for a journalist who has raised the reputation of journalism and journalists through their efforts to bear witness to events in the way that Colvin did. This award particularly seeks to recognise up-and-coming journalists – ‘a future Marie Colvin in the making’, as one of the judges put it.

Please submit a supporting statement and up to five examples of work which can be either from the last year or over a longer time period.

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2 thoughts on “British Journalism Awards 2019: Book your seats for 10 December ceremony in London”

  1. I wonder if Cadwalldr will get a nomination this time around ? Journo with most retractions/corrections perhaps ? Is there a category for that ?

    Well done to the FT for debunking her latest “story”

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