to defend Press Awards title

McRae, The Independent; Patience Wheatcroft, The Times

■ Political Journalist of the Year: Francis Elliott, The Independent on Sunday; Daniel Finkelstein, The Times; Alice Miles, The Times; Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer; Philip Stephens, Financial Times

■ Interviewer of the Year: Lynn Barber, The Observer; Emma Brockes, The Guardian; Robert Chalmers, The Independent on Sunday; Rachel Cooke, The Observer; Deborah Ross, The Independent; Janice Turner, The Times

■ Feature Writer of the Year: Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times Magazine; Adrian Levy/Cathy Scott Clarke, The Guardian; Malcolm Macalister Hall, The Independent; Stefanie Marsh, The Times; Michael Tierney, The Herald

■ Reporter of the Year: Oliver Harvey, The Sun; Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian; Stephen Moyes, Daily Mirror; Andrew Norfolk, The Times; Nicholas Timmins, Financial Times

■ Foreign Reporter of the Year: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, The Guardian; Patrick Cockburn, The Independent; Hala Jaber, Sunday Times; Richard Lloyd Parry, The Times; Jonathan Watts, The Guardian

■ Showbusiness Writer of the Year: Jane Atkinson, News of the World; Anthony Barnes, The Independent on Sunday; Caroline Hedley, Daily Mirror; Victoria Newton, The Sun; Rav Singh, News of the World; Phil Taylor, News of the World

■ Columnist of the Year: Jeremy Clarkson, Sunday Times; Anatole Kaletsky, The Times; Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times; George Monbiot, The Guardian; Jane Moore, The Sun; Tony Parsons, Daily Mirror

■ Critic of the Year: Charlie Booker, The Guardian; AA Gill, Sunday Times; Ian Hyland, News of the World; Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times; Jay Rayner, The Observer

■ Sports Journalist of the Year: Rob Beasley, News of the World; Oliver Holt, Daily Mirror; Jamie Jackson, The Observer; Paul Kimmage, Sunday Times; James Lawton, The Independent

■ Young Journalist of the Year: Lucy Bannerman, The Herald; Steve Bloomfield, The Independent on Sunday; Gemma Calvert, News of the World; Giles Hattersley, Sunday Times; Katharine Hibbert, Sunday Times

■ Scoop of the Year: Francis Elliott, Independent on Sunday (Blunkett Broke Rules); Jamie Pyatt, The Sun (Harry the Nazi); Robert Jobson, Freelance /Evening Standard (Charles and Camilla to wed); Stephen Moyes, Daily Mirror (Cocaine Kate); Michael Smith, Sunday Times (Blair – Iraq War leak)

■ Team of the Year: Art Newspaper, (Sheikh Saud — biggest art collector); Daily Mirror, (7/7 team); The Guardian, (Attack on London); The Independent, (7/7 team); The Sun, (7/7 team); Sunday Times, (Nature’s Timebomb — Asian tsunami)


Winners will be announced at a gala event at the Dorchester Hotel on 20 March. For tickets call Paul Beard on 020 7038 1467.

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