London Evening Standard’s David Cohen was named reporter of the year at the 24th WorkWorld Media Awards last night.
The awards, which are organised by the Work Foundation, celebrate coverage of work across national and regional newspapers, radio, TV and trade titles.
Judges praised Cohen for his work, saying: “his pieces mix an ability to capture the stuff of contemporary working life with an old fashioned spirit of campaining social journalism”.
Full list of last night’s winners (with judges’ comments):
Broadcast News Reporter of the Year: Emma Simpson, BBC News
‘A journalist with a tremendous amount of on-screen warmth and a great knack of telling a story through people, most notably in a series of reports for BBC News about unemployment and public service cuts in the UK’s great cities.”
Blogger of the Year: Nicola Smith, TUC/Left Foot Forward
“For her ability to look behind the news stories and ground her blogs in serious-minded evidence and data.”
Columnist of the Year: Zoe Williams, The Guardian
‘Her columns stood out not just for their wit and sheer pleasure, but also for the notes of depth, thoughtfulness and sometimes anger she manages to strike as well.”
Broadcast Programme of the Year: Can Pay, Will Pay, BBC Radio 4
‘An intelligent three-part series that exhaustively covered a controversial, but very complex subject that is seldom tackled so frankly.”
Journalist to Watch: Gareth Iacobucci, Pulse
‘For his high quality, punchy, often exclusive reporting.’
Feature writer of the year: Amy Kazmin, Financial Times
‘For her strong insight and analysis which really got to grips with many strands of the Indian labour market.”
Lifetime Achievement award: Alex Brummer, City Editor, Daily Mail
‘A profoundly talented and committed journalist whose 40-year career has spanned distinguished spells on both The Guardian and the Daily Mail.
“He’s a prolific, highly visible journalist who is consistently on top of his stories and whose daily columns command universal respect.”