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Shortlists announced for the Society of Editors Press Awards for 2015
By: SoE

Shortlists for Britain’s premier awards celebrating the best of UK national journalism have been announced.

The Society of Editors Press Awards for national newspapers recognise reporters and correspondents, commentators, columnists, cartoonists, designers, photographers, scoops, investigations and campaigns.  The awards culminate with the News and Sports Teams of the Year and coveted Newspaper of the Year title.

The Sunday Times leads the nominations league table with 22, The Mail on Sunday has 19 and The Times has 18. The Guardian has 14, the Daily Mail has 13 and the Daily Mirror, The Sun, London Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph have 10. The Observer has 9, The Independent has 8 and the Financial Times has 7. The i has 4 and The Sunday Telegraph, the Press Association and Getty Images have 3. VICE Media and The Independent on Sunday have 2 and The New Statesman, Sunday Mirror, Colorsport Images, Reuters and Record Sport have one apiece.

There are 30 categories including the Journalists’ Charity Award, the Cudlipp Award and the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Prize for Innovation, in memory of the former deputy editor of The Guardian. A shortlist will be announced by the WIJ at the end of the month.

The event is the most prestigious in the industry’s calendar with more than 400 editors and journalists coming together to salute the quality and success of national newspaper journalism in print and its corresponding digital platforms. Winners will be announced at a glittering gala dinner at the London, Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Tuesday 22 March 2016.

This year’s awards will be presented once again by LBC Radio presenter Nick Ferrari. A former co-presenter of The Big Boys' Breakfast on Talk Radio Ferrari moved to LBC in 2000 and after a few years he took over the breakfast show.  Since then has won many awards including Sony Golds and Arqivas.

The awards are organised on behalf of the industry by the Society of Editors. Proceeds help to fund the Society of Editors’ campaigning for media freedom and the Journalists’ Charity.

Sponsors for the awards include Camelot which has supported the Society of Editors since 2001, EY, Wiggin, Wellcome Trust, Google, Luther, Gorkana, Press Association, JTI, Reuters, The Hilton Park Lane, PCS, BT, Journalists' Charity and the British Journalism Review.

The awards are also supported by the Cecil King Foundation and Yves Saint Laurent. YSL makeup artists will be on hand to offer their services to guests ahead of the awards ceremony.

Chairman of the judges Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors said: “The awards are judged by panels of newspaper representatives and respected independent figures from the media and beyond. It is a huge pleasure and privilege for the judges to examine and discuss the range, diversity and vitality of national journalism. Their combined qualities are unparalleled in the world.”

A full list of shortlisted entries in the Society of Editors Press Awards appears below and can be seen on the awards website at

For more information please contact Bob Satchwell at

For tickets or tables for the black tie event on March 22 please contact Angela Varley at or on 01223 304080. Information and prices can be found here.

Young Journalist of the Year

Josh Boswell – The Sunday Times
Stephen Bush – The New Statesman
Martha Kelner – Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday
Jaber Mohamed – The Mail on Sunday
Tom Rowley – The Daily Telegraph
Dean Wilkins – The Sun

Business and Finance Journalist - sponsored by EY

FT Investigation into Hanergy – Financial Times
Simon Goodley – The Guardian
Russell Lynch – London Evening Standard and The Independent
Richard Milne – Financial Times
Simon Neville – London Evening Standard
Oliver Shah – The Sunday Times

Political Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Luther Pendragon

Janan Ganesh – Financial Times
Matthew Parris – The Times
Andrew Rawnsley – The Observer
Tim Shipman – The Sunday Times
Rachel Sylvester – The Times
Simon Walters – The Mail on Sunday

Foreign Reporter of the Year – sponsored by Reuters

Ian Birrell – The Mail on Sunday
Patrick Cockburn – The Independent and i
Patrick Kingsley – The Guardian
Christina Lamb – The Sunday Times
Andy Lines – Daily Mirror
Erika Solomon – Financial Times

Science and Health Journalist of the Year - sponsored by the Wellcome Trust

Stephen Adams – The Mail on Sunday
Sarah Boseley – The Guardian
Steve Connor – The Independent on Sunday and The Independent
Charlie Cooper – The Independent
Paul Gallagher – The Independent on Sunday
Robin McKie – The Observer

ShowBiz Reporter of the Year

Richard Brooks – The Sunday Times
Scott Bryan – Buzzfeed News
Nicola Methven – Daily Mirror
Will Payne – The Sun
Vanessa Thorpe – The Observer
Dan Wootton – The Sun

Sports Journalist of the Year

Oliver Brown – The Daily and The Sunday Telegraph
Paul Hayward – The Daily and The Sunday Telegraph
Ian Herbert – The Independent andi
Matthew Syed – The Times
Danny Taylor – The Observer
Martyn Ziegler – Press Association

Specialist Journalist of the Year - sponsored by JTI

Tim Bullamore – Freelance (The Daily Telegraph)
Laura Donnelly – The Daily Telegraph
Dan Jones – The Sun
Sam Jones – Financial Times
Sean O’Neill – The Times
Jay Rayner – The Observer

Interviewer of the Year: Popular

Natalie Clarke – Daily Mail
Charlotte Edwardes – London Evening Standard
Rebecca Hardy – Daily Mail
Cole Moreton – The Mail on Sunday
Tom Parry – Daily Mirror
Stephanie Rafanelli – London Evening Standard

Interviewer of the Year: Broadsheet

Bryan Appleyard – The Sunday Times
Lynn Barber – The Sunday Times
Mick Brown – The Daily Telegraph
Simon Hattenstone – The Guardian
Camilla Long – The Sunday Times
Krissi Murison – The Sunday Times

Feature Writer of the Year: Popular

Guy Adams – Daily Mail
Paul Bracchi – Daily Mail
Robert Hardman – Daily Mail
Oliver Harvey – The Sun
David Jones – Daily Mail
Tom Leonard – Daily Mail

Feature Writer of the Year: Broadsheet

Ian Birrell – The Mail on Sunday
Martin Fletcher – The Times
Jonathan Freedland – The Guardian
Simon Hattenstone – The Guardian
Ben Judah – POLITICO Europe
Ben Machell – The Times

Columnist of the Year: Popular

Ian Birrell – Freelance (Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun)
Richard Godwin – London Evening Standard
Dominic Lawson – Daily Mail
Sam Leith – London Evening Standard
Brian Reade – Daily Mirror
Ros Wynne-Jones – Daily Mirror

Columnist of the Year: Broadsheet

David Aaronovitch – The Times
Giles Coren – The Times
Barbara Ellen – The Observer
Simon Jenkins – London Evening Standard
Dominic Lawson – The Sunday Times
Charles Moore – The Daily Telegraph

Critic of the Year

Craig Brown – The Mail on Sunday
Laura Cumming – The Observer
AA Gill – The Sunday Times
Marina O’Loughlin – The Guardian
Alexis Petridis – The Guardian
Jay Rayner – The Observer

Photographer of the Year

Manu Brabo – The Sunday Times
Phil Coburn – Daily Mirror
Jack Hill – The Times 
Jeff Mitchell – Getty Images
Stefan Rousseau – Press Association
Andrew Testa – The Sunday Times

Sports Photographer of the Year

Marc Aspland – The Times
Andrew Cowie – Colorsport Images
Mike Egerton – Press Association
Stu Forster – Getty Images
Tom Jenkins – The Guardian
Michael Regan – Getty Images

Cartoonist of the Year

Peter Brookes – The Times
Michael Heath – The Mail on Sunday
Morten Morland – The Times
Matt Pritchett – The Daily Telegraph
Chris Riddell – The Observer
Gerald Scarfe – The Sunday Times

Scoop of the Year – sponsored by Gorkana

Blood Money, Nick Craven and Nigel Bunyan – The Mail on Sunday
Doping Scandal, Team Insight – The Sunday Times
Fifa Investigation, Team Insight – The Sunday Times
Lord Coke, Stephen Moyes – The Sun
Tatler Tory, Simon Walters, Brendan Carlin and Tim Walker – The Mail on Sunday
The Diamond Geezers, Russell Myers – Daily Mirror

News Reporter of the Year

Nick Craven – The Mail on Sunday
Emily Dugan – The Independent andi
Andrew Gilligan – The Sunday Telegraph
Stephen Moyes – The Sun
David Rose – The Mail on Sunday
Omar Wahid – The Mail on Sunday

The Digital Innovation Award– sponsored by Google
Financial Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Guardian
The Times
VICE Media

Website of the Year

London Evening Standard
Mirror Online
The Guardian
The Independent

Front page of the Year

£11 Million – The Mail on Sunday
Busted – The Sun
I can’t believe I escaped this – Sunday Mirror
Terror in Paris –i
Tiny victim of a human catastrophe – Daily Mail
United We Stand – The Times

Supplement of the Year

Culture, The Sunday Times
FT Weekend Magazine
Style, The Sunday Times
The Guardian Weekend Magazine
The Saturday Times Magazine
You Magazine, The Mail on Sunday

Sports Team of the Year

Record Sport
Telegraph Sport
The Guardian Sport
The Sunday Times Sport
The Times Sport

News Team of the Year

Daily Mirror/Sunday Mirror
The Guardian
The Mail on Sunday
The Sun
The Sunday Times
The Times

The Cudlipp Award – organised by the British Journalism Review

Athletics Doping Scandal– The Sunday Times
Charity Cold-Calling campaign, Daily Mail
Criminal Courts Charges campaign – The Independent
Guantanamo/Shaker Aamer campaign – The Mail on Sunday    
Teddy’s Story campaign – Daily Mirror
The Estate We’re In campaign – London Evening Standard                 

Newspaper of the Year

Daily Mail
London Evening Standard
The Mail on Sunday
The Sun
The Sunday Times
The Times