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National Press Awards 2018 – winners announced

The Times was crowned the Daily Newspaper of the Year, with The Sunday Times taking the Sunday Newspaper of the Year title, at last night’s National Press Awards for 2018.

National Press Awards 2018 – winners announced
The team from The Times collecting the Daily Newspaper of the Year award from Emma Barnett (pictured on the left). Photograph: Society of Editors

The judges awarded these top prizes for the success of their digital subscription models and consistent high-quality news investigations.

The Sun Online was given an award for best news website, where judges commended its heavy investment in original journalism to attract new audiences and retain its existing readers. Praised for its “serious investigations into terrorism and bowel cancer”, the site also delivered on its showbiz news, with Jane Moore’s exclusive ‘My Babs has Alzheimer’s’ picking up a new award for Popular Scoop of the Year.

It was a good night for The Mail on Sunday who took home the titles of Health Journalist, Specialist Journalist, Critic, Popular Feature Writer, and Popular Interviewer of the Year – for Caroline Graham’s “ground-breaking” exclusive ‘Meghan’s Dad Staged Photos’ in advance of the May 2018 Royal Wedding.

The evening also saw a special Chairman’s Award given to the Daily Mirror for its remarkable campaign ‘Change the Law for Life’. The chairman of judges, Ian Murray, said: “Over the space of three years, the paper brought the subject of organ donation to the forefront of the national agenda, winning over not just readers and the public to their cause but the politicians and experts they needed to ensure Max’s Law became a reality. This achievement shines out as a fantastic example of what outstanding journalism can achieve.”

The Times had a successful night, with the judges saying of their Daily Newspaper winner: “This year’s winner snatched headline stories of around-the-world news; its investigation into Oxfam’s sexual exploitation of Haiti earthquake victims was immensely powerful. Other investigations revealing the scale of the violent crime epidemic and how the Home Office turned a blind eye to forced marriages helped the paper over the 500,000 digital subscribers’ line.”

In a year where quality political reporting was paramount, Tim Shipman of The Sunday Times took both Political Reporter and Political Commentator titles for his work as a “peerless interpreter of Brexit”.

The event, held at the Royal Lancaster London and attended by some 500 guests, also saw The Observer awarded a number of prizes for its coverage of the Cambridge Analytica Files. For her work on the issue, Carole Cadwalladr picked up Technology Journalist of the Year, and the Observer team collected Investigation of the Year for Cambridge Analytica’s “brilliant exposure of the abuse of digital information, which had far-reaching effects in the public sphere”.

The News Reporter of the Year, awarded to an individual for their work over the cause of the year was awarded to The Times’s Sean O’Neill. O’Neill’s submission was described by judges as “snatching headline stories of around-the-world news”; his crucial exposé ‘Oxfam staff paid Haiti survivors for sex’ also picked up an award for Scoop of the Year.

The Cudlipp Award for Campaign of the Year went to The Guardian for its Windrush investigation, led by Amelia Gentleman. Created by the British Journalism Review, the award’s judges praised the story’s front-page delivery, which forced the Home Secretary to resign and the Government to take steps to rectify past and present injustices.

The power of a free press to ensure public freedoms was a theme greatly celebrated: Front Page of the Year went to The Telegraph for its front-page silhouette on ‘The British #MeToo Scandal’. This campaign led to a victory against NDAs in a high court judgement earlier this year.

Amongst some special industry awards delivered was the Journalists’ Charity Award, which photographer Paul Conroy received for his dedication to securing justice for his colleague Marie Colvin and ensuring the story of the Syrian conflict continues to be told.

A Society of Editors Fellowship was also presented on the night to Stanley ‘MAC’ McMurtry, former Daily Mail cartoonist, for his momentous contribution of 50 years of service to the industry.

Society of Editors executive director Ian Murray commented on the night: “A reading of the record number of entries for this year’s awards – and I have seen them all – should be mandatory for our political class and those who would ever seek to decry the industry’s achievements and contribution to the lives of the British people and those who watch our industry from afar.”

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Daily Mirror, Change the Law for Life

THE JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

Sponsored by Cision

Paul Conroy

THE WOMEN IN JOURNALISM GEORGINA HENRY AWARD FOR DIGITAL INNOVATION

Sponsored by Wiggin

Olivia Crellin (founder) and Laura Garcia (co-founder), Press Pad

Highly Commended: Hazel Sheffield, Far Nearer

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by the Cecil King Memorial Foundation

Laura Hughes, Financial Times

Highly Commended: Tom Payne, Daily Mail

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by EY

Madison Marriage and Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times

Highly Commended: Rob Davies, The Guardian

POLITICAL REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times

Highly Commended: Laura Hughes, Financial Times

Highly Commended: Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times

Highly Commended: Matthew Parris, The Times

FOREIGN REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Anthony Loyd, The Times

Highly Commended: Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times

Highly Commended: Martin Chulov, The Guardian and The Observer

SCIENCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Wellcome Trust

Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph

Highly Commended: Pilita Clark, Financial Times

HEALTH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday

Highly Commended: Chris Smyth, The Times

FASHION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Lisa Armstrong, The Daily Telegraph

Highly Commended: Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian

TECHNOLOGY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer

Highly Commended: Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times Magazine

ENVIRONMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Pilita Clark, Financial Times

Highly Commended: Leslie Hook, Financial Times

TRAVEL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by No 1 Lounges

Tom Robbins, Financial Times

Highly Commended: Ben Clatworthy, The Times

SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sanchez Manning, The Mail on Sunday

Highly Commended: Frances Ryan, The Guardian

Highly Commended: Robert Booth, The Guardian

SHOWBIZ REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Clemmie Moodie, The Sun on Sunday

Highly Commended: Grant Tucker, The Sunday Times

REPORTING DIVERSITY AWARD

Sponsored by Penny Appeal

Patrick Strudwick, BuzzFeed UK

Highly Commended: Women in Sport, The Telegraph

THE HUGH MCILVANNEY AWARD FOR SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Amazon Prime Video

Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

Highly Commended: Jonathan Liew, The Independent

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR – POPULAR

Jan Moir, Daily Mail and Caroline Graham, The Mail on Sunday

Highly Commended: Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Decca Aitkenhead, The Sunday Times Magazine

Highly Commended: Polly Vernon, The Times

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – POPULAR

Sarah Vine, Daily Mail

Highly Commended: Deborah James, The Sun

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Deborah Ross, The Times

Highly Commended: Bryony Gordon, The Daily Telegraph

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR - POPULAR

David Rose, The Mail on Sunday and Ros Wynne-Jones, Daily Mirror

Highly Commended: Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Mick Brown, The Telegraph

Highly Commended: Holly Baxter, The Independent

CRITIC OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by No 1 Lounges

Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday

Highly Commended: Miranda Sawyer, The Observer

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Danny Lawson, Press Association

Highly Commended: Peter Macdiarmid, London News Pictures

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Richard Pelham, The Sun

Highly Commended: Andy Hooper, Daily Mail

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR

Matt Pritchett, The Telegraph

Highly Commended: Nick Newman, The Sunday Times

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cision

The Times, Oxfam staff paid Haiti survivors for sex

Highly Commended: The Observer, Cambridge Analytica Files

SCOOP: POPULAR LIFE

The Sun, My Babs has Alzheimer’s

Highly Commended: The Mail on Sunday, Meghan’s Dad Staged Photos

INVESTIGATION OF THE YEAR

The Observer, Cambridge Analytica Files

Highly Commended: The Times, Oxfam staff paid Haiti survivors for sex

SPORTS NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR

Evening Standard, Wembley for Sale

Highly Commended: Daily Mail, £250k-a-club whip-round for Scudamore!

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Sean O’Neill, The Times

Highly Commended: Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

T2, The Times

Highly Commended: The New Review, The Observer

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

The Times Magazine

Highly Commended: The Telegraph Magazine

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

The Telegraph, The British #MeToo Scandal

Highly Commended: The Guardian, The Lives of Grenfell

THE CUDLIPP AWARD FOR CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Supported by the British Journalism Review

The Guardian, Windrush

Highly Commended: Daily Mirror, Change the Law for Life

NEWS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Google

The Sun Online

Highly Commended: Telegraph.co.uk

SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Camelot

The Sunday Times

Highly Commended: The Mail on Sunday

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Camelot

The Times

Highly Commended: Daily Mail