Winners for 2009

British Press Awards Winners - for work that was published in 2009
2009 British Press Awards
(Date of the Awards: March 23, 2010) Presentation at the Grosvenor House Hotel
Hosted by John Humphrys
Young Journalist of the Year

WINNER: Sheera Frenkel, The Times
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Miles Amoore, The Sunday Times 

Cartoonist of the Year

WINNER: Peter Brookes, The Times
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Matt Pritchett, The Daily Telegraph 

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Critic of the Year

WINNER: Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday 

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Digital Innovation of the Year

WINNER: SunTalk, The Sun
HIGHLY COMMENDED: G20 Coverage, The Guardian 

Interviewer of the Year

WINNER: Camilla Long, The Sunday Times
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ariel Leve, The Sunday Times 

Showbiz Reporter of the Year

WINNER: Dan Wootton, The News of the World 

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Sports Photographer of the Year

WINNER: Andy Hooper, The Daily Mail 

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Photographer of the Year

WINNER: Stefan Rousseau, Press Association Images
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Peter Macdiarmid 

Sports Journalist of the Year

WINNER: Mike Atherton, The Times
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Martin Samuel, The Daily Mail 

Business & Finance Journalist of the Year

WINNER: Iain Dey, The Sunday Times 

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Scoop of the Year

WINNER: MP's Expenses, The Daily Telegraph 

Columnist of the Year

WINNER: Caitlin Moran, The Times 

Specialist Journalist of the Year

WINNER: Jason Lewis, The Mail on Sunday
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Terri Judd, The Independent 

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Campaign of the Year

WINNER: MP's Expenses, The Daily Telegraph
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lords Investigation, The Sunday Times 

Feature Writer of the Year

WINNER: Tanya Gold, The Guardian
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Richard Pendlebury, The Daily Mail 

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Special Supplement of the Year

WINNER: MP's Expenses, The Daily Telegraph
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Climate Change, The Sunday Times 

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Regular Supplement of the Year

WINNER: You Magazine, The Mail on Sunday
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Eureka, The Times 

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The Cudlipp Award
WINNER: Andrew Penman and Nick Sommerlad for Investigate, The Daily Mirror
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Sunemployment, The Sun
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Christmas Issue for the Troops, The Sunday Mirror 
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Political Journalist of the Year

WINNER: Robert Winnett, The Daily Telegraph 

Foreign Reporter of the Year

WINNER: Marie Colvin, The Sunday Times
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Richard Pendlebury, The Daily Mail 

Reporter of the Year

WINNER: Paul Lewis, The Guardian
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Robert Winnett, The Daily Telegraph 

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Journalists Charity Special Award

WINNER: Walter Greenwood 

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International Journalist of the Year

WINNER: J. S. Tissainayagam, North Eastern Monthly 

Judges Award

Heather Brooke 

 William Lewis
Journalist of the Year

WINNER: William Lewis, Telegraph Media Group 

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Newspaper of the Year

WINNER: The Daily Telegraph 

According to Precise Media Planner (March 19, 2010): British Press Awards, with opening address from London Mayor and Daily Telegraph columnist Boris Johnson. Hosted by Today Programme presenter John Humphrys. Venue: Grosvenor House Hotel, London. (March 24, 2010): The Daily Telegraph dominated the British Press Awards, winning six prizes for its exposé on MPs’ expenses. It claimed newspaper of the year, while editor-in-chief Will Lewis was awarded journalist of the year for the forensic investigation into expenses claimed by politicians that led to an unprecedented number of MPs quitting parliament. Accepting his award Lewis said: “If there was ever a story that proved that news still sells newspapers I suspect this was it.” Lewis thanked the judges, the paper’s owners, chief executive Murdoch MacLennan and his colleagues, saying that the investigation was a group effort. Judges at the 2010 award ceremony, held at London’s Grosvenor House hotel, praised the brilliant execution and presentation of the detail, saying it took a lot of courage to publish the exposé obtained from a dubious source.

The judges’ award went to freelance journalist and freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke, whose tireless campaigning did so much to keep the story in the public eye. She praised the Telegraph for doing a brilliant job but appealed to Fleet Street to be more co-operative on major stories. "I don’t begrudge the Telegraph and I hope they don’t begrudge me. The fact is I’m fucking proud,” she said.

The Daily Telegraph also walked away with political journalist of the year, which went to Robert Winnett; scoop of the year; campaign of the year; and special supplement of the year for its The Complete Expenses File. The Guardian’s Paul Lewis won reporter of the year for revealing the details of the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protest. The Guardian also took the feature writer of the year award which went to Tanya Gold. “She laughed at herself but never at the reader,” the judges said.

Tributes were paid at the ceremony to Rupert Hamer, the Sunday Mirror journalist and the first British journalist killed covering the Afghanistan conflict. The Press Gazette editor, Dominic Ponsford, said: “It was a devastating loss, not only to his friends and family, but to the Sunday Mirror newsroom and to the wider community of defence and foreign correspondents.”

The Times won four awards and the Sunday Times took three, while the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail won two awards each. 

The Journal, Newcastle (March 25, 2010): An esteemed North East journalist and media law expert has won a prestigious award for his lifelong contribution to the industry. Walter Greenwood, 83, was awarded the Journalists’ Charity Award at the British Press Awards in London on Tuesday night. Mr Greenwood, who lives in Kenton Bankfoot, Newcastle, has been a major force in training and advising on British journalistic law for more than 40 years. 

Together with co-author Tom Welsh, Walter was the brains behind the Essential Law for Journalists textbook, the media law textbook for news organisations across the country. In the 1960s, already a respected regional journalist, Walter was asked to help found the Thomson Regional Newspaper Training Centres in Newcastle and Cardiff. 

During his time in Newcastle, he helped to train some of today’s celebrated media professionals including James Naughtie, Andrew Marr, Lionel Barber, Sally Magnusson, Nic Gowing, and even the Shadow Schools Secretary and newspaper columnist Michael Gove. He still plays a key role in the Newcastle centre’s work today and is a longtime examiner of trainee journalists’ law papers. Delighted to receive the award, which was given by the Journalists’ Charity for the first time, he said: “It was a complete surprise that should be getting any kind of honour at all. It was totally out of the blue. I was particularly honoured to be the first person to receive the award. I’ve enjoyed my career and I still enjoy it.”

Evening Standard (March 31, 2010): Freedom of Information campaigner Heather Brooke also won a special award for her role exposing MPs’ expenses…A postscript to last week's British Press Awards: Walter Greenwood, author of Essential Law For Journalists, deserves a mention for winning the inaugural Journalists’ Charity award. Greenwood, 80, trained hundreds of reporters including Andrew Marr and Michael Gove but the award, sponsored by Gorkana, is ‘not about longevity or time-serving but making a difference’.