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November 4, 2014updated 12 May 2016 9:12am

Making a difference: Finalists revealed for the British Journalism Awards in association with TSB

By Press Gazette

The finalists have been announced for the 2014 Press Gazette British Journalism Awards in association with TSB.

It is the third year that this new set of awards for public interest journalism have been held. They are open to all journalists producing work for a UK audience.

Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford said: "This year there were a record number of entries, more than 250, which tells its own story about the quality of work which is being produced by journalists across the UK. 

"Some of the more popular categories – such as Investigation of the Year and Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year – attracted more than 40 high-quality entries. So making it on to any of the shortlists of finalists is a great achievement.

"Having witnessed all the judging sessions I know that the judges set about their task with open-minded diligence and a determination to pick the winners without fear or favour.

"With journalism and press freedom currently under attack in this country, the British Journalism Awards finalists remind us what is at stake".

British Journalism Awards judge Ian Reeves, from the Centre for Journalism, said: "In a year when the reputation of journalism is under scrutiny like never before it was massively encouraging to see so many high-quality pieces of work across different media.

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"The message that came across in all the judging sessions I was involved with was the important role of journalism in holding power to account. That role's being played as strongly as it ever has been."

The winners will be announced at the British Journalism Awards reception on Tuesday, 2 December, at Stationers' Hall in London.

There are no shortlists for Journalist of the Year or the Marie Colvin Award for raising the reputation of our trade.

The 2014 British Journalism Awards finalists in association with TSB:


Breaking News Award (for the best story of the year)

‘Crystal meth shame of bank chief’

The Mail on Sunday (Nick Craven and Ross Slater)

‘Boxing legend Frank: I’m now a woman’

Sunday Mirror (Matthew Drake)

‘Cabinet at war over extremists in schools’

The Times (Greg Hurst, Francis Elliott, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson) 

‘British jihadists join fight with al-Qaeda in Iraq'

The Sunday Times (Dipesh Gadher)

‘The proof of Syria’s chemical attacks’

The Telegraph (Ruth Sherlock)

‘World Cup chief and family paid millions by Qatari firm’

The Telegraph (Claire Newell, Holly Watt, Claire Duffin and Ben Bryant

Business Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services

Ann King – The Sentinel

‘My livelihood’s been stolen by banking giant’, ‘600 new jobs on the scrapheap’.

Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake – The Sunday Times

RBS ‘kills off good firms for profit’

Jim Armitage – The Independent/i/London Evening Standard

‘Asian tycoon’s empire takes up to £630m from blackout energy firm’, ‘The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders’ and ‘Revealed: how private firms make quick killing from PFI’.

Chris Giles – The Financial Times

‘China to overtake US economy this year’, ‘Flawed data on rich weaken Piketty’s main argument’.

Jeff Prestridge – The Mail on Sunday

‘How bosses at copycat tax website sang ‘We’re In The Money’ as they racked up £7m in just four months’, ‘Stop the greedy firms that prey on flat owners’ and ‘Thousands face tax bombshell over lifetime pension plans’.

Simon Goodley – The Guardian

‘Revealed: Tesco hoarding land that could build 15,000 homes’, ‘Royal Bank of Scotland's 'bad bank' to offload 1,300 homes’ and ‘How to rig Forex’.

Campaign of the Year

Child sex abuse inquiry – Exaro

Frontline London – David Cohen, The Evening Standard

Female Genital Mutilation – The Guardian

Modern day slavery in Britain  George Arbuthnott The Sunday Times

Claire’s Law – Michelle Livesey, Key 103 Radio in Manchester

Bring City Home – Simon Gilbert, Coventry Telegraph

Digital innovation


A marketplace for independent journalists which provides a new way to fund public interest journalism.

NSA files: Decoded – The Guardian

Explanatory multimedia feature weaving together the issues raised by The Guardian’s reporting on NSA surveillance activities.

Peter Jukes live tweeting the Hacking Trial

Using Indiegogo to crowdfund daily reporting via Twitter of the entire hacking trial – also resulting in a website and book.

Trinity Mirror Data Unit

Mapping the dead of World War One across the UK, Real Schools Guide a quick search guide to all GP surgeries.

Historical event live blogs – Richard Preston, The Telegraph

Hour by hour live blogs reliving the events of D-Day and the outbreak of World War One

100 Years, 100 legacies – The Wall Street Journal Europe

Advent calendar-style interactive feature telling the story of “the lasting impact of World War One”.

Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year

Patrick Cockburn – The Independent/i

‘Al-Qa’ida, the second act: Why the global ‘war on terror. Went wrong’, ‘Is Saudi Arabia regretting its support for terrorism?’ and ‘The Sunni revolt in Syria has given al-Qa’oda more power in Iraq’.

Anthony Loyd – The Times

‘Al-Qaeda shopping for Gaddafi’s uranium and anti-aircraft missiles’, ‘Face to face with the new enemy in Syria’ and ‘Iraq dispatches dozens a week in record year for executions

Borzou Daragahi – Financial Times

‘Libya’s badlands’, ‘Egypt’s black holes’ and ‘Three nations, one conflict’

Christina Lamb – The Sunday Times

‘My year with Malala’, Hamid Karzai interview and ‘Find our girls and save our dreams’.

Gethin Chamberlain – The Observer

‘V&A’s false eyelashes exhibit set to spark debate on fashion ethics’, ‘Orangutans vanish from their forest home as high street giants slake our thirst for palm oil’ and ‘The tea pickers sold into slavery’.

Peter Spiegel – Financial Times

‘It was the point where the eurozone could have imploded’ – investigative series looking at how EU’s leader’s saved the euro.

Martin Chulov – The Guardian

‘Arrest that exposed wealth and power of Iraq jihadists’, ‘Inside Syria: ancient ways to kill amid the barbarity of a civil war’ and ‘Manhunt for a British murderer with hostages’ fate in his hands’.

Richard Lloyd Parry – The Times

Reports from aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in Philippines: ‘City of despair and decay’, ‘One man’s fearful journey to find out if his family survived’ and ‘Typhoon victims allowed to loot simply to stay alive’.

Investigation of the Year

‘Comrade Capitalism: How Russia does business in the Putin era’

Reuters – Stephen Grey, Jason Bush, Roman Anin, Douglas Busvine, Elizabeth Piper, Maria Tsvetkova and Himansh Ojha

Co-op Bank chairman Rev Paul Flowers’ secret drug-taking

The Mail on Sunday – Nick Craven and Ross Slater

‘The Met Corruption Files’

Daily Mail – Stephen Wright and Richard Pendlebury

‘Exposing hospital heartache’

Dispatches, Channel 4 (ITN Productions)/ OpenWorld News – Amanda Holden

‘How to fix a football match’

Dispatches, Channel 4 (VERA)/The Telegraph – Morland Sanders, Claire Newell and Holly Watt

‘Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’’

The Guardian – Pete Pattisson, Owen Gibson and Rob Booth

‘The many lives of Basildon’s own Walter Mitty’

The Echo (Basildon) – Jon Austin

‘Fifa files’

The Sunday Times – Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake

Local Heroes Award

Jeanette Oldham – Birmingam Mail

Trojan horse: The files – special investigation

Emma Burrows – ITV News Central

Investigation into Female Genital Mutilation

Carl Eve, – The Herald (Plymouth)

‘Find them’ – report into members of a child abuse ring, ‘Police are ‘undermining’ safeguarding children initiative’ and 'We must find the other child abusers still at large’.

Gareth Davies – The Croydon Advertiser

‘Honey trap conwoman tricked me out of £35k’, ‘Time for Justice’ (report on abuse at children’s home) and ‘Too young to party, far too young to die’.

Neil Elkes – Birmingham Mail

‘Sneaky finers! New bus lane signs secretly put up days before watchdog ruling’,  ‘Cameras snare 60,000 drivers in just 11 weeks’ and ‘Council chief: We should have listened to the Mail’.

Bob Westerdale – The Star (Sheffield)

Heroes of Hillsborough

New Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Stationers' Crown Woods Academy

Athar Ahmad – BBC Radio Asian Network

Caliphate: Searching for the Islamic state

Emma Burrows – ITV News Central

Special reports on Female Genital Mutilation

Katie Gibbons – The Times

‘Glasgow is s*** and Olympics were better, says unhappy Bolt’, 'Patients ‘ignored’ in cancer inquiry' and ‘Surge in levels of anorexia among girls at independent schools’

Simon Murphy – The Mail on Sunday

‘Schoolboy to jihadist’, ‘eBay’s sick trade in Holocaust memorabilia’ and MPs’ cycling and spectacle expenses claims.

Tom Warren – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

‘One short-term lender for every seven banks on high street’, ‘Unmasked: the city institutions given privileged status in the controversial Royal Mail flotation', 'United & Cecil Club funnels cash to Conservative must-win marginals'.

Jim Waterson –  Buzzfeed

‘Walkie Scorcher’, Student Loans fake debt collection agency and Ed Miliband Interview

Politics Journalist of the Year

Team entry: Melanie Newman, Nick Mathiason and Tom Warren – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

‘Billionaires and lobbyists at lavish part with David Cameron’, ‘Russian banker pays £160k to play tennis with David Cameron and Boris Johnson’ and ‘Questions over Tory donation linked to Russian banker’.

David Hencke, Exaro

‘MPs call on Theresa May to set up inquiry into child abuse’, ‘Every MP asked to back inquiry into organised child sex abuse’ and ‘Baroness Butler Sloss faces another hitch in heading CSA inquiry’

Team entry: Greg Hurst, Francis Elliott, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson – The Times

‘Angry Cameron rebukes rivals as Tory rift widens’, ‘Gove under fire for ‘Islamist school’s top Ofsted rating’ and ‘Cameron bumbles from one shambles to another with no sense of purpose’.

Daniel Boffey, The Observer

‘Bulgaria issues fierce rebuke to Cameron over migrants’, ‘Death risks mount on building sites’ and ‘Gove’s bid to limit fallout from failing free schools’.

Rowena Mason, The Guardian

‘HMRC to sell taxpayer’s data’,  ‘Labour picks Westminster insiders for key seats’ and ‘Jobseekers told they must take zero-hours jobs’.

Simon Walters – Mail on Sunday

‘Leaked emails. Reveal what Ed Miliband really thinks of Balls’, ‘Murdoch wife: My crush on Blair’ and ‘You cleared me of rape…now pay back my £130k legal bill’.

Photojournalist of the Year

David Rose – The Telegraph

Stuart Franklin – The Sunday Times

Jack Hill – The Times

Richard Pohle – The Times

Will Wintercross – The Telegraph

Andrew Tester – The Sunday Times

Science and Technology Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Astellas

Chris Smyth – The Times

‘NHS urged to claw back huge payoffs for managers’, £1m payoff, then NHS brings back managers’ and ‘Alarm over shortage of nurses on NHS wards’.

Pilita Clark – The Financial Times

Investigation into the global water crisis.

Steve Connor – The Independent/i

‘The lost girls’ (on illegal abortions), ‘The next genetic revolution’ and ‘One girl, three parents?’.

Ian Sample – The Guardian

‘Leading doctors raise alarm over delays to medical trials’,  ‘US scientists boycott Nasa conference over China ban’ and ‘Handle with care ‘.

Kate Kelland – Reuters

‘Saudi Arabia takes heat for spread of MERS virus’, ‘In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports’ and ‘Patients recruited for vital studies on Saudi MERS virus’.

Pallab Ghosh – BBC

‘Badger trials were ineffective and failed humanness test’ and ‘Ministers willfully ignoring scientific advice’.

Sports Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Hippodrome Casino

Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake – The Sunday Times

Plot to buy the World Cup, Fifa files

David Conn – The Guardian

‘How a council bent over backwards to prevent Tottenham taking flight’, ‘The takeover that was a riddle wrapped in a mystery’ and ‘Yeung had other convictions but was still deemed ‘fit and proper’.

Simon Gilbert – Coventry Telegraph

Reports on the Coventry City/Ricoh Arena saga

Nick Hoult – The Telegraph

‘Cricket’s new match-fixing scandal’

Matt Lawton –  Daily Mail

‘Mackay mired in text scandal’, David Moyes interview and 'Lance Armstrong faces his accuser'.

Sam Peters – The Mail on Sunday

Concussion campaign and reports.

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