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National Press Awards 2019 – winner announced

The results of the Press Awards for 2019 have been announced, with big wins for The Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday as well as the Guardian, Times and Sunday Times.

National Press Awards 2019 – winner announced
Alison Gow: “The role of the journalist is as vital as it’s ever been.”

The Telegraph won News Website of the Year as well as Scoop of the Year, Investigation of the Year and Front Page of the Year. The Daily Mail was crowned Daily Newspaper of the Year, with The Mail on Sunday awarded the Sunday Newspaper of the Year title.

The awards, announced online on Friday, are in recognition of work published during 2019 and are organised by the Society of Editors (SoE).

Ian Murray, executive director at the SoE and chair of the judges, said the decision to announce the results online and not postpone until an awards dinner could take place later in the year was not taken lightly, but was felt to be appropriate with the nation facing the Covid-19 crisis and the challenges to the media industry.

“The awards dinner, scheduled to take place this week in London, had been postponed in the hope the crisis would pass quickly. While we all hope the situation will improve rapidly there is the likelihood it could continue for some time and it was felt more appropriate to cancel the event altogether and announce the results,” said Murray.

“While the battle to defeat the Covid-19 virus and support the UK public at this time eclipses all other considerations, I do feel it is important to ensure the hard work and professionalism shown by the national press during 2019 does not go unrecorded.

“We can see the tremendous work the press is carrying out at this difficult time which is yet more evidence of the vital role our industry plays in our national life.”

The judges said that 2019 was a sensational year for the Daily Mail with unforgettable scoops, campaigns and front-page splashes. 2019 also saw the paper post record monthly market shares of UK retail sales, extending its lead as the highest-selling paper in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Mail on Sunday, meanwhile, delivered as the most-read Sunday newspaper during 2019. World-beating scoops included the Washington Files – leaked secret cables which revealed exactly what Britain’s ambassador to the US thought about Donald Trump, and in-depth analysis of Prince Andrew’s links to disgraced Jeffrey Epstein.

The Telegraph’s extensive coverage of the Sir Philip Green scandal also paid dividends and the paper has been awarded the best news website of 2019. The Daily Telegraph has been awarded the Scoop of the Year, Investigation of the Year and Front Page of the Year also in recognition of its extensive coverage into allegations against the Topshop boss.  

Other big winners include The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times whose correspondents have been recognised in numerous individual categories. Campaign of the Year during 2019 has been awarded for the Daily Express’ coverage of the cystic fibrosis drugs scandal and The Sun has been recognised for its showbiz coverage and lifestyle podcast. The FT was deemed to have had the best business and finance team during 2019 with the Daily Mirror recognised for its environmental coverage.

Society of Editors President Alison Gow said: “It’s absolutely right that we celebrate the brilliant journalism of the past year and show our appreciation of those reporters, photographers, digital specialists and designers who work so hard to inform, challenge and entertain."

“Congratulations to the winners – I hope you take a little time amid all the craziness to celebrate what you’ve achieved," said Gow.

“And thank you to our judges; the calibre of entries increases every year and the task of judging gets tougher, but their commitment never wavers.

“We thought 2019 was a busy year for news – 2020 has made an early bid for that crown. As a result (whether they appreciate them or not) audiences have never needed journalists more. From fast, accurate delivery of breaking news to the escapism of a fantastic long read or podcast that takes us outside of our little lockdown bubbles for a few minutes, the role of the journalist is as vital as it’s ever been.

“And we will be back, celebrating those roles in all their forms, next year as usual.”

Trophies for winners and highly commended certificates will be posted out when it is practical to do so.

List of Winners:

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Diana Thomas, The Telegraph

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

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Bryony Gordon, Columnist and Mental Health Ambassador

WOMEN IN JOURNALISM: GEORGINA HENRY AWARD FOR DIGITAL INNOVATION

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Megan Lucero

Highly commended: Dr Frances Ryan

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Henry Zeffman, The Times

Highly Commended: Adam Crafton, The Athletic UK

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR – POPULAR      

Jan Moir, Daily Mail

Highly commended: Patrick Hill, Sunday Mirror

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET    

Janice Turner, The Times

Highly commended: Chrissy Iley, The Sunday Times Magazine

LIFESTYLE PODCAST OF THE YEAR

The Dan Wootton Interview, The Sun

Highly commended: The Sun Football Podcast and the Evening Standard’s Women Tech Charge

NEWS PODCAST OF THE YEAR  

Red Box, The Times

Highly commended: Tales of Silicon Valley, The Sunday Times

SCIENCE REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Robin McKie, The Observer

Highly commended: Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph

SHOWBIZ REPORTER OF THE YEAR   

Simon Boyle, The Sun

Highly commended: Krissi Murison, The Sunday Times Magazine

SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Robert Booth, The Guardian

Highly commended: Robert Mendick, The Daily Telegraph

FASHION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR   

Lisa Armstrong, The Daily Telegraph

Highly commended: Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian

ENVIRONMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR  

Nada Farhoud, Daily Mirror

Highly commended: Leslie Hook, Financial Times

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR    

Joint winners: Danny Lawson, PA Media and Yui Mok, PA Media

Highly commended: Hannah McKay, Reuters

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Richard Pelham, The Sun

Highly commended: Kevin Quigley, Daily Mail

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR  

Matt Pritchett, The Telegraph

Highly commended: Chris Riddell, The Observer

TRAVEL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR  

Chris Haslam, The Sunday Times

Highly commended: Greg Dickinson, The Telegraph

FOREIGN REPORTER OF THE YEAR  

Anthony Loyd, The Times 

Highly commended: Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times

HEALTH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR     

Shaun Lintern, The Independent 

Highly commended: Laura Donnelly, The Daily Telegraph

THE HUGH MCILVANNEY AWARD FOR SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Laura Lambert, Daily Mail

Highly commended: Daniel Taylor, The Athletic UK

POLITICAL REPORTER OF THE YEAR    

Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times 

Highly commended: Steven Swinford, The Times

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR 

Marina Hyde, The Guardian

Highly commended: Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR – POPULAR 

Oliver Harvey, The Sun

Highly commended: Guy Adams, Daily Mail 

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times Magazine

Highly commended: Sharon Hendry, The Sunday Times Magazine

TECHNOLOGY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Alex Hern, The Guardian

Highly commended: Madhumita Murgia, Financial Times

REPORTING DIVERSITY AWARD    

Telegraph Women’s Sport

Highly commended: Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR   

Philip Aldrick, The Times

Highly commended: Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

CRITIC OF THE YEAR

Michael Billington, The Guardian

Highly commended: Marina O’Loughlin, The Sunday Times Magazine

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – POPULAR     

Sarah Vine, Daily Mail

Highly commended: Jan Moir, Daily Mail

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – BROADSHEET

Deborah Orr, i

Highly commended: Giles Coren, The Times

SCOOP OF THE YEAR   

Sir Philip Green and Britain’s #MeToo scandal, The Daily Telegraph

Highly commended: Shamima Begum: Anthony Loyd interview, The Times

SCOOP: POPULAR LIFE

The Prime Minister and the American businesswoman, The Sunday Times

Highly commended: Prince Philip Crash Victim, Sunday Mirror

INVESTIGATION OF THE YEAR

Sir Philip Green and the British #MeToo Scandal, The Daily Telegraph

Highly commended: The ‘Nick’ Investigation, Daily Mail

SPORTS NEWS STORY

Saracens, Daily Mail

Highly commended: Alberto Salazar Doping Ban by Matt Lawton, The Times

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Tom Kelly of the Daily Mail and Claire Newell of The Daily Telegraph

Highly commended: Stephen Wright, Daily Mail

BUSINESS & FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Woodford’s downfall, Financial Times

Highly commended: The Sunday Times Business & Money Team and The Telegraph’s Business and Finance Team

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Telegraph Women’s Sport

Highly commended: The New Review, The Observer

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

The Times Magazine

Highly commended: The Telegraph Magazine

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

A woman groped, another put in a headlock, and a black man told he was ‘still throwing spears in the jungle’, The Daily Telegraph

Highly commended: Give me a world I can grow up in, Daily Mirror

THE CUDLIPP AWARD – FOR CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR 

This award is in partnership with the British Journalism Review

Time to end Cystic Fibrosis drug scandal, Daily Express

Runner-up: Save our Post Offices, Daily Mail

Highly commended: Change the Law for Life, Daily Mirror

NEWS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

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The Telegraph

Highly commended: theguardian.com

SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

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The Mail on Sunday

Highly commended: The Sunday Times

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

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Daily Mail

Highly commended: The Sun