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Shortlist announced for National Press Awards for 2017
By: SoE

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

The National Press Awards for 2017, organised by the Society of Editors, recognise reporters and correspondents, commentators, columnists, cartoonists, designers, photographers, scoops, investigations and campaigns.  The awards culminate with the coveted News Website of the Year and Newspaper of the Year titles.

There are 34 categories including the Journalists’ Charity Award, the Cudlipp Award for campaign of the year and the Georgina Henry Prize for Innovation, in memory of the former deputy editor of The Guardian and founding member of Women in Journalism. A shortlist for the Georgina Henry Prize for Innovation, News Team and Sports Team of the Year and Newspaper of the Year will be announced later this month.    

The event is the most prestigious in the industry’s calendar with around 500 editors and journalists coming together to salute the quality and success of national newspaper journalism in print and on digital platforms. Winners will be announced at a glittering gala dinner at the London, Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Tuesday 13 March 2018. 

This year’s awards will be presented once again by award-winning LBC Radio presenter Nick Ferrari.

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, United Utilities, JTI, Cision, EY, Wiggin, Wellcome Trust, Press Association, Reuters, Luther Pendragon, London Hilton on Park Lane, Journalists' Charity and the British Journalism Review.

The awards are also supported by the Cecil King Foundation which funds the Young Journalist of the Year to undertake a project up to the value of £5,000.

Ian Murray, chairman of the judges and Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “Once again the British press has revealed the enormous depth and breadth of talent of its talented journalists. A glance at the shortlist for this year’s National Press Awards shows that the British media remains the best in the world and all eyes are now on the awards themselves on March 13.”  

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

For tickets or tables for the black tie event on March 13 please contact Angela Upton at office@societyofeditors.orgor on 01223 304080. Information and prices can be found here.

Young Journalist of the Year
Glen Keogh, Daily Mail
Ben Lazarus, The Sun
Paul McClean, Financial Times
Gabriel Pogrund, The Sunday Times
Eleanor Steafel, The Daily Telegraph
Charlotte Wace, The Mail on Sunday

Business and Finance Journalist – sponsored by EY
Philip Aldrick, The Times
Tom Burgis, Financial Times
Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times
Matt Garrahan, Financial Times
Simon Goodley, The Guardian
Anthony Hilton, London Evening Standard

Political Journalist of the Year
Harry Cole, The Sun
Kate McCann, The Daily Telegraph
Tom McTague, Politico
Nigel Nelson, Sunday Mirror
Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times
Simon Walters, The Mail on Sunday

Political Commentator of the Year
Katy Balls, i and The Spectator 
Stephen Bush, i and New Statesman 
John Harris, The Guardian
Dan Hodges, The Mail on Sunday
Marina Hyde, The Guardian
Rachel Sylvester, The Times

Foreign Reporter of the Year
Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian and The Observer 
Oliver Holmes, The Guardian
Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times
Anthony Loyd, The Times
Kim Sengupta, The Independent
Erika Solomon, Financial Times

Science Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Wellcome Trust
Steve Connor, i
Clive Cookson, Financial Times
David Crow, Financial Times
Hannah Devlin, The Guardian
Kate Kelland, ReutersNick Rufford, The Sunday Times

Health Journalist of the Year
Stephen Adams, The Mail on Sunday
Laura Donnelly, The Daily Telegraph
Andrew Gregory, Daily Mirror
Jane Kirby, Press Association
Sarah Neville, Financial Times
Chris Smyth, The Times

Fashion Journalist of the Year
Lisa Armstrong, The Daily Telegraph
Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian
Jo Ellison, Financial Times
LS Hilton, The Sunday Times
Anna Murphy, The Times
Claudia Winkleman, The Sunday Times

Environment Journalist of the Year
Damian Carrington, The Guardian
Pilita Clark, Financial Times
Colin Fernandez, Daily Mail
Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times
Robin McKie, The Observer

Travel Journalist of the Year
John Arlidge, The Sunday Times
Nada Farhoud, Daily Mirror
Martin Fletcher, Financial Times
Martin Hemming, The Sunday Times
Chris Leadbeater, The Daily Telegraph
Nick Trend, The Daily Telegraph

Specialist Journalist of the Year – sponsored by JTI
Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer
Tim Bullamore, Freelance
Fiona Hamilton, The Times
Chris Hughes, Daily Mirror
Jay Rayner, The Observer
Sally Weale, The Guardian

ShowBiz Reporter of the Year
Laura Armstrong, The Sun on Sunday
Tom Bryant, Daily Mirror
Chrissy Iley, The Sunday Times
Gary O’Shea, The Sun on Sunday
Halina Watts, Sunday Mirror
Dan Wootton, The Sun

Sports Journalist of the Year
Murad Ahmed, Financial Times
Sam Cunningham, Daily Mail
Martha Kelner, The Guardian
Matt Lawton, Daily Mail
Ben Rumsby, The Telegraph
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

Interviewer of the Year Pop
Charlotte Edwardes, London Evening Standard
Frances Hardy, Daily Mail
Oliver Harvey, The Sun
Craig McLean, London Evening Standard
Cole Moreton, The Mail on Sunday
Helen Weathers, Daily Mail

Interviewer of the Year Broadsheet
Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian
Emma Brockes, The Guardian
Hadley Freeman, The Guardian
Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times
Krissi Murison, The Sunday Times
Janice Turner, The Times

Columnist of the Year Pop
Peter Hitchens, The Mail on Sunday
Oliver Holt, The Mail on Sunday
Rachel Johnson, The Mail on Sunday
Rod Liddle, The Sun
Alison Phillips, Daily Mirror
Brian Reade, Daily Mirror

Columnist of the Year Broadsheet
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, i
Niall Ferguson, The Sunday Times
Marina Hyde, The Guardian
Rod Liddle, The Sunday Times
David Mitchell, The Observer
Janice Turner, The Times

Feature Writer of the Year Pop
Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday
Tanith Carey, Daily Mail
Barbara Davies, Daily Mail
Antonia Hoyle, Daily Mail
Tom Parry, Daily Mirror
Brian Reade, Daily Mirror

Feature Writer of the Year Broadsheet
Katie Glass, The Sunday Times
Simon Hattenstone, The Guardian
Sam Knight, The Guardian
Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times
Patrick Strudwick, Buzzfeed
Gary Younge, The Guardian

Critic of the Year
Alice Jones, i
Rowan Moore, The Observer
Marina O’Loughlin, The Sunday Times
Hugo Rifkind, The Times
Ally Ross, The Sun
Deborah Ross, The Mail on Sunday

Best of Humour Award
Dear God, Michael Deacon, The Daily Telegraph
Egg, chips and spam, Tom Peck, The Independent
Uber: the triumph of wallet over spirit, Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times
Lady bosses, Giles Coren, The Times
Harvey Weinstein, Marina Hyde, The Guardian
Our week, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Hugo Rifkind, The Times

Photographer of the Year
Bruce Adams, Daily Mail
Ali Arkady, The Sunday Times
Ben Cawthra, The Sunday Times
Hannah McKay, Reuters
Stefan Rousseau, Press AssociationJeremy Selwyn, London Evening Standard

Sports Photographer of the Year
Marc Aspland, The Times
Andy Hooper, Daily Mail
Ian MacNicol, Freelance
Dylan Martinez, Reuters
Bradley Ormesher, The Times
Richard Pelham, The Sun

Cartoonist of the Year
Peter Brookes, The Times
Dave Brown, The Independent
Morten Morland, The Times and The Sunday Times 
Matt Pritchett, The Daily Telegraph
Jonathan Pugh, Daily MailChris Riddell, The Observer

Scoop of the Year – sponsored by Cision
Ant in Drug Rehab, Gary O’Shea and Patrick Gysin, The Sun on Sunday
Facebook publishing child porn, Alexi Mostrous, The Times
No 10 covered up Trident missile fiasco, The Sunday Times
Pestminster, Harry Cole and Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun
Police: We found porn on deputy PM’s computers, Tom Harper, Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Richard Kerbaj, The Sunday Times
Prince Harry, Bryony Gordon, The Daily Telegraph

News Reporter of the Year
Paul Bentley, Daily Mail
Harry Cole, The Sun
Insight, The Sunday Times
Alexi Mostrous, The Times
David Rose, The Mail on Sunday
Mark Townsend, The Observer

Supplement of the Year
Culture, The Sunday Times
FT Weekend Magazine
Observer Food Monthly
Style, The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times Magazine
The Times Magazine

Front page of the Year
Assault on Westminster, The Times
Change the law for Max, Daily Mirror
How the hell could it happen? Daily Mail
Inferno, London Evening Standard
The water in Majorca looks scarier than it oughta, The Sun
Today Britain steps into the unknown, The Guardian

The Cudlipp Award – Campaign of the Year
Changing Minds, The Daily Telegraph
Google and Facebook, The Times
Leaseholds campaign, The Guardian
Marine A – Sergeant Blackman campaign, Daily Mail
Student Loans campaign,
Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign, Daily Mail

News Website of the Year
Buzzfeed UK
Financial Times
The Guardian
The Independent
The Telegraph