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Entries open for SoE National Press Awards for 2016

Entries are now open for the Society of Editors National Press Awards for 2016 – the ‘Oscars’ for UK Press - at The Awards will celebrate the best of British national journalism during 2016.

The London Hilton, Park Lane will provide the backdrop for the most prestigious event in the industry’s calendar with more than 400 editors, writers and columnists coming together to salute the quality, diversity and success of national journalism.

With revised and new categories, entries can be made for work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other news delivery format in any UK national newspaper or any news website or platform covering UK national news during 2016.

The closing date for entries is Friday 6 January 2017, allowing time for even the very last stories of the year to be included in submissions. A shortlist will be announced in February 2017.

Early entries are encouraged.

The Press Awards will culminate with a glittering gala dinner on Tuesday 14 March 2017. They are organised on behalf of the industry by the Society of Editors. Enquiries about table bookings can be made online now.

The awards will include new categories recognising ‘Digital Scoop of the Year’, ‘Fashion Journalist of the Year’, ‘Environment Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’. A full list of categories appears below.

Proceeds will help fund the Society of Editors campaigning for press freedom and the Journalists’ Charity.

The awards are generously sponsored by Camelot who have supported the Society of Editors since 2001 alongside United Utilities, EY, the Wellcome Trust, JTI, Wiggin and the Press Association. The awards are also supported by the Journalists' Charity and the British Journalism Review.
Full details of entries and categories will be available at Any queries should be directed to 01223 304080 or

For further information or comment please contact Bob Satchwell at bob@societyofeditors.orgor on 07860 562815.


Individual Awards

Young Journalist of the Year
Open to journalists aged 26 or under on 31 December 2016 who have not previously been shortlisted for this award. Entries may include work from any journalistic discipline. Judges will be looking for the individual who has made significant impact over the year. Entry fees for this category are discounted by 50 per cent for staff entries and are £20 for freelance entries.

Business and Finance Journalist
For reporters, interviewers and commentators who work on economics, City, business and personal finance desks. Judges will be looking for the ability to break news and/or predict trends and/or analyse stories and explain issues to a general audience. Individuals or teams may enter for this award.

Political Journalist of the Year
The winner will be the reporter, commentator or political columnist who politicians had to read in 2016. Judges will look for evidence of agenda-setting journalism from brilliantly connected writers with exceptional knowledge of the political scene.

Foreign Reporter of the Year
For journalists, staff or freelance, who have been based in a foreign country or from where they have filed work that brings the country and its affairs to light for a UK audience.

Science and Health Journalist of the Year
For journalists who specialise in science and medical journalism. The judges will look for journalists who led their field in 2016 – breaking news and/or analysing trends and throwing light on their subject for a wider audience.

Fashion Journalist of the Year
The winner will be someone strong across the diverse range of forms: features, columns, interviews and show reports. Judges will look for writing that is informative, entertaining and has the ability to engage beyond a conventional fashion readership.

Environment Journalist of the Year
For journalists covering any issues that concern the environment from floods to pollution, development, energy and climate change to beyond. The judges will look for the best specialist journalist who led the field in 2016 – breaking news and/or analysing trends and throwing light on their subject for their audiences.

Travel Journalist of the Year
For journalists covering travel in all its aspects from features, reviews, consumer experience and issues that effect this multi million pound business. The judges will look for the best specialist journalist who led the field in 2016 – fine writing, breaking news and/or analysing trends and throwing light on their subject for their audience.

Specialist Journalist of the Year
For journalists with specialisms not covered by any other category, such as: education, arts, food, gardening, technology, motoring or defence etc. The judges will look for the best specialist journalist who led the field in 2016 – breaking news and/or analysing trends and throwing light on their subject for their audiences.

ShowBiz Reporter of the Year
Judges will be looking at scoops that led the pack and cut through the PR spin with stories that get to the heart of the subject. Entries can come from news reporters, feature writers and columnists. Exclusive stories will score highly but judges will also look for lively writing, dedication and the ability to get behind the scenes with the stars of stage, screen, TV and the music industry.

Sports Journalist of the Year
Open to news writers, match reporters, feature writers, interviewers and columnists. Entries may be from a variety of sports or from one specialist area. Judges will be looking for brilliant writing and agenda-setting reporting either on one sport or across a range of activities that gave readers the best insight into sporting events during 2016.

Interviewer of the Year
A: “Pop” and B: “Broadsheet” platforms
This award will be judged in two sections for “pop” and “broadsheet”. Judges will look for an imaginative choice of interviewees as well as an ability to extract revelations from frequently interviewed subjects. They will also search for a writer with a distinctive style in a highly competitive field.

Columnist of the Year
A: “Pop” and B: “Broadsheet” platforms
This award will be judged in two sections for “pop” and “broadsheet”. The winner will be a journalist with a unique style and the ability to provoke debate and may annoy as much as delight.

Feature Writer of the Year
Quality of writing is paramount. Judges will be looking for journalists who demonstrate a compelling style in news reportage, colour writing, analysis, and backgrounders.

Critic of the Year
For reviews and criticism in any area of journalism – including theatre, dance, music, art, books, film, television and radio, food, etc. Writing that enlightens, compels and entertains the general reading audience will score highly.  Judges will be tasked to shortlist a range of areas of criticism.

Photographer of the Year
News and feature pictures are eligible. Judges will be looking for versatility, technical skill and the ability to capture the news picture that matters. The mood of an interview or feature subject needs to come across strongly.

Sports Photographer of the Year
Entries can come from a single sport or from several and may be action shots or feature pictures. Judges will be looking for compelling images that get under the skin of a sport or a sports star, or reveal a unique moment of sporting drama.

Cartoonist of the Year
Pocket cartoons, strips, caricatures, political cartoons and illustrations are eligible in this category. Judges will be looking for the stand-out cartoons that feature regularly and that best capture the events of 2016.

News Reporter of the Year
The award will acknowledge good reporting on a number of stories across the year, dogged determination and fearless confrontation with authority. This category is for those who provide the heart and soul of any newspaper or digital outlet. The judges will be looking for exclusives, expertly researched and brilliantly told. Tenacity, flair, investigative skill and an ability to handle difficult subjects carefully will all score highly. In the case of long-running investigations, entrants may include up to three items to count as one story entry.
Entries may or may not involve a jaw-dropping scoop which has a separate category.

Team Awards

Website of the Year
The judges will look for excellent reporting, writing, flair, digital innovation and will seek to recognise journalists' achievements online.

Digital Scoop of the Year
This new award, for a digital team, is about being first with the news rather than exclusivity.  It recognises the fastest, most effective use of digital platforms in breaking a news story. Entries must demonstrate not only speed of reaction but also accuracy, immediate development, digital ownership of the story, and audience retention. Detailed analytics that support the speed, effectiveness and reach of the story must be provided.

Supplement of the Year
Entries will be judged on outstanding design, content, use of photography and readability of a supplement that is published weekly, monthly or at other regular intervals throughout the year or is published to mark a one-off event or achievement. Judges will pay particular attention to the different styles and slices of the market digital platforms targeted. It is about who did it best for the readers they seek to serve.  Submissions should include supporting analytics where appropriate to show how entries engaged readers including references to social media and percentages of total hits.

Front page of the Year
Judges will be looking for the outstanding and most memorable front page published in print during the year.

Special Awards

The Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Prize for Innovation
The winner will be chosen by Women in Journalism which will organise how women journalists can enter.

The Cudlipp Award
The award, sponsored by the British Journalism Review, commemorates the journalism of the great editor and editorial director Hugh Cudlipp. It recognises excellence in popular journalism and can include popular campaigns and investigations in any UK national newspaper. It is open to all editors, writers or teams of journalists. This award is judged by a separate BJR panel of distinguished journalists who reserve the right to include nominations of their own. The entry process for the Cudlipp Award is the same as for the general categories.

Journalists’ Charity Award
The winner will be chosen by the Journalists’ Charity. This award cannot be entered and carries no entry fee.

Scoop of the Year
The story or series of stories on one subject, which everyone else wished they had broken. This can be awarded to an individual or a team. Entrants may submit up to three scoops for consideration but each PDF should be limited to an individual exclusive and its continuation (if applicable).  Entrants must provide a submission including how they can demonstrate they were first with the story or stories or how they moved them on substantially.

Newspaper of the Year
This award will be decided by a distinguished panel of The Press Awards independent judges and carries no entry fee. In addition to three examples of their newspapers, editors or managing editors must submit a statement of up to 1,000 words online outlining achievements over the year against the following criteria:

Range and depth of news coverage




Range and depth of sports coverage

Range and depth of Business and Finance Coverage

Quality and innovation in production and design

Website and digital development and other news platforms

Magazines and supplements

Innovation/editorial/audience building etc

Audience achievement over 2016

Commercial achievement over 2016

Consistently good product.

The judges will look for overall excellence across all platforms, print and digital.