Press Gazette today launches its second Social Media Journalism Award to find the UK's Most Influential Journalist on Social Media.
We want to recognise the journalists who use social media well and create the ultimate list of must-follow UK journalists on Twitter and other social media channels.
Last month Press Gazette’s first Social Media Journalism Award saw hacking trial blogger Peter Jukes named best reporter, as we also revealed a top-50 list of reporters who use social media well.
This second award will again generate a top-50 list as well as an overall winner.
The SMJA Most Influential Journalist on Social Media is sponsored by Mynewsdesk – ‘the world's leading all-in-one brand newsroom and multimedia PR platform’.
Press Gazette wants to find the individual journalists (rather than publications) whose work on social media – Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other platforms – has the most impact.
The top-50 will be decided by:
- Reader votes (on Twitter using the hashtag #smj_influence) and via the form at the bottom of this article
- The votes of our expert judging panel (see below)
- And by counting up journalists’ followers on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.
Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford said: “The advent of social media has meant that individual journalists have more clout then ever before. We are all publishers in our own right and many of us now have seriously large and influential followings above and beyond the publications and media channels we work for.
“With this award we want to recognise the journalists whose news and views have the most impact via social media. It isn't just a numbers game but we will use the number of social media followers as a guide, as well as taking into account the views of Press Gazette readers and the insight of our expert panel."
The top-50 most influential journalists on Twitter and social media will be revealed at a drinks reception on
24 June 1 July at the offices of Press Gazette parent company Progressive Media, off Fleet Street, from 6.30-8pm. Fill in your details here to register your interest in attending the event.
To have your say please Tweet your suggestions using the hashtag #smj_influence – now. Each Twitter vote will be counted up and everyone who votes via Twitter and the web form below will be entered in a draw to win a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne.
The winning voters from our first SMJA poll were Rachel Blundy of the Evening Standard and freelance journalist Angus Batey (bottles of bubbly on their way).
The Social Media Journalism Awards judges are:
- Matt Cooke: Former BBC journalist now Google product marketing managing
- Gordon MacMillan: Former editor of Brand Republic, now editorial manager for Twitter
- Jon Bernstein: Digital journalism consultant, editor and trainer. Former deputy editor and digital director of New Statesman, ex multimedia editor for Channel 4 News
- Paul Bradshaw: Founder of the Online Journalism Blog and head of the MA in online journalism at Birmingham University
- Dominic Ponsford: Editor of Press Gazette.
Voting is now closed.