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November 3, 2015updated 26 Nov 2015 10:21pm

‘Humbling and inspiring’: Full list of finalists for the British Journalism Awards 2015 revealed

By Press Gazette

The finalists for the 2015 British Journalism Awards in association with Audi have been announced today.

Launched in the wake of the hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry, the Press Gazette-organised awards are now in their fourth year and recognise journalism that is both interesting to the public and in the public interest.

This year there was a record number of entries, with more than 300 submissions for the 15 categories.

The awards are open to all journalists producing work for a UK audience. This year there were entries from every UK national newspaper group as well as the major broadcasters.

The shortlists were compiled by a panel of 24 judges chosen for their experience and independence.

The judges were asked to create shortlists of six for each category. In the Foreign Affairs, Business and Investigation categories they opted to have shortlists of eight because of the high number of entries and the quality of work submitted.

Chairman of judges and Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford said: “The quality of work submitted in these awards has increased every year. In a media world where anyone with a blog can call themselves a journalist, the big news organisations are clearly investing heavily in serious journalism to help distinguish themselves from the online chatter and noise.

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“It was particularly good to see so many entries this year from the tabloid end of the newspaper market, which does not always get the credit it deserves for campaigning and investigative journalism.

“The standard of journalism submitted to these awards was humbling and inspiring. With more than 300 entries for 15 awards categories, making it on to the list of finalists is an impressive achievement.”

The winners will be announced at the British Journalism Awards reception at Stationers' Hall on 1 December.

Attendance at the event is by invitation only with all shortlisted journalists on the guest list.

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Note: There is no shortlist for the prizes of Journalist of the Year and the Marie Colvin Award for raising the reputation of journalism. Both of these will be awarded on the night after consultation between all the judges.

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

Business, Finance and Economics Journalism sponsored by TSB

Campaign of the Year

  • David Jones, Sam Greenhill, Ian Drury and Jack Doyle – Daily Mail
    US Gulag That Shames the West – Campaign for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and the release of Shaker Aamer
  • James Randerson, Amanda Michel, Emma Howard, Damian Carrington, Simon Bowers, Francesca Panetta, Adam Vaughan, Terry Macalister, John Mullin, Suzanne Goldenberg, Lindsay Poulton and Nabeelah Shabbir – The Guardian
    Keep it in the Ground
  • Jonathan Leake – The Sunday Times
    Clean Air campaign
  • Richard Pendlebury and Sam Greenhill – Daily Mail
    Justice for Sergeant Blackman
  • Sam Blackledge – The Plymouth Herald
    Safer Spaces campaign
  • Sharon Hendy and Sam Carlisle – The Sun
    Give Me Shelter

Digital Innovation sponsored by Citi

Foreign Affairs Journalism

Investigation of the Year sponsored by Public Concern at Work

Local Heroes Award

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


Jack Hill – The Times

Stefan Rousseau – Press Association

Philip Coburn – Daily Mirror

Kai Wiedenhofer – The Sunday Times

Manu Brabo – The Sunday Times

Will Wintercross – The Daily Telegraph

Politics Journalism sponsored by Mediafocus

Popular Journalism sponsored by Bournemouth University

Science and Technology sponsored by Astellas

Sports Journalism sponsored by sportcal

The British Journalism Awards are sponsored by:




Crown WoodsAir France – KLM
CITIMarks & Spencer


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