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National Press Awards – winners announced

The Financial Times was last night crowned the Newspaper of the Year at the National Press Awards for 2017.

National Press Awards – winners announced

Organised by the Society of Editors, the prize was awarded for what the judges described as a ‘seismic year’ for the paper which saw it surpass 900,000 subscribers and invest in quality online and print journalism.

They said: “The Financial Times had an outstanding year and it continues to be an authoritative and global must-read. The paper’s strikingly successful business model is underpinned by high quality journalism - a great feat of management and organisation as well as editorial excellence. From coverage of the Brexit negotiations to a stand out series on Europe, it continues to produce exceptional coverage both online and in print.”

The paper was also awarded the News Team of the Year for work by its reporters on its Europopulism series. The project was conducted over 12 months, included five countries and analysed the rise of populism in Europe. Other accolades for the FT included the Business and Finance Journalist Award to Matt Garrahan and Environment Journalist of the Year to reporter Pilita Clark.

The event, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane and attended by some 500 guests, also saw The Guardian awarded a number of prizes. Political Commentator of the Year was awarded to reporter John Harris, Foreign Reporter of the Year to Emma Graham-Harrison, the Fashion Journalist of the Year Award to Jess Cartner-Morley and Sports Journalist of the Year Award to Martha Kelner. Two of the big awards in the broadsheet category also went to the paper with Interviewer of the Year awarded to Decca Aitkenhead and Feature Writer of the Year to Gary Younge.

The News Reporter of the Year, awarded to an individual for his or her work over the cause of the year was awarded to The Observer’s Mark Towsend. Townsend reported extensively during 2017 on Syria, police misconduct and the detention and deportation of homeless EU nationals living in the UK. The paper also saw reporter Carole Cadwalladr awarded the Specialist Journalist of the Year Award.

Other big winners on the night included The Times who took home Sports Team of the Year, Cartoonist of the Year for draughtsman Peter Brookes and Sports Photographer for Marc Aspland. Hugo Rifkind was awarded both Critic of the Year and the Best of Humour Award for a column focused on Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The Scoop of the Year was awarded to The Sunday Times for police revelations of pornography found on Damian Green’s computer. The paper also took home the Supplement of the Year for The Sunday Times Magazine, Columnist of the Year for Niall Ferguson and Travel Journalist of the Year for Martin Hemming. The Young Journalist of the Year was awarded to Gabriel Pogrund.

The evening also saw two prizes awarded posthumously to former Guardian Editor Peter Preston and the i’s Steve Connor. Preston was awarded the Journalists’ Charity Award for his outstanding contribution to journalists and journalism and Connor was awarded the Science Journalist of the Year Award for his work on genetically modified embryos.

The judges said that Connor’s work was the latest in a long series of scoops on the subject.

They added: “Steve Connor was uniquely talented at finding scoops and at turning complex science into brilliantly written stories. His death is a huge loss for science journalism and, if there were a lifetime achievement award in this category, the judges said that he would have won it.”

The Front Page of the Year was awarded to the Daily Mail for its cover depicting a burning Grenfell Tower alongside the headline ‘How the hell could it happen?’ The paper also took home the Cudlipp Award – Campaign of the Year for its successful work on turning the tide on plastic.

Society of Editors executive director Ian Murray commented: “For those who attack the press for what they do this should have been a sobering night. On parade was a seemingly endless stream of talent reminding us not only that the UK media remains the best in the world but it does its job to ever-increasing high standards.”

The winners:

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Gabriel Pogrund, The Sunday Times

Highly commended: Eleanor Steafel, The Daily Telegraph

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST

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Matt Garrahan, Financial Times

Highly commended: Tom Burgis, Financial Times

POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Simon Walters, The Mail on Sunday

Highly commended: Kate McCann, The Daily Telegraph

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

John Harris, The Guardian

Highly commended: Stephen Bush, I and New Statesman and Marina Hyde, The Guardian

FOREIGN REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian and The Observer

Highly commended: Kim Sengupta, The Independent

SCIENCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Steve Connor, i

Highly commended: David Crow, Financial Times

HEALTH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Andrew Gregory, Daily Mirror

Highly commended: Laura Donnelly, The Daily Telegraph

FASHION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian

Highly commended: Anna Murphy, The Times

ENVIRONMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Pilita Clark, Financial Times

TRAVEL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Martin Hemming, The Sunday Times

Highly commended: John Arlidge, The Sunday Times and Chris Leadbeater, The Daily Telegraph

SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer

SHOWBIZ REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Dan Wootton, The Sun

Highly commended: Chrissy Iley, The Sunday Times and Gary O’Shea, The Sun on Sunday

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Martha Kelner, The Guardian

Highly commended: Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR - POP

Charlotte Edwardes, London Evening Standard

Highly commended: Craig McLean, London Evening Standard and Cole Moreton, The Mail on Sunday

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR - BROADSHEET

Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian

Highly commended: Emma Brockes, The Guardian

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR - POP

Alison Phillips, Daily Mirror

Highly commended: Oliver Holt, The Mail on Sunday

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR - BROADSHEET

Niall Ferguson, The Sunday Times

Highly commended: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, i

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR - POP

Brian Reade, Daily Mirror

Highly commended: Ian Birrell, The Mail on Sunday

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR - BROADSHEET

Gary Younge, The Guardian

Highly commended: Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times

CRITIC OF THE YEAR

Hugo Rifkind, The Times

Highly commended: Rowan Moore, The Observer

BEST OF HUMOUR AWARD

Our week – Jacob Rees Mogg, Hugo Rifkind, The Times

Highly commended: Lady bosses, Giles Coren, The Times

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Stefan Rousseau, Press Association

Highly commended: Jeremy Selwyn, London Evening Standard

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Marc Aspland, The Times

Highly commended: Richard Pelham, The Sun

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR

Peter Brookes, The Times

Highly commended: Morten Morland, The Times and The Sunday Times

GEORGINA HENRY AWARD FOR DIGITAL INNOVATION

Sponsored by Wiggin

Jem Collins, Journo Resources

Highly commended: Maeve McClenaghan, Tip Off

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

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Peter Preston, former editor of The Guardian

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

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Police: We found porn on deputy PM’s computers, Tom Harper, Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Richard Kerbaj, The Sunday Times

Highly commended: Ant in Drug Rehab, Gary O’Shea and Patrick Gysin, The Sun on Sunday and No 10 covered up Trident missile fiasco, The Sunday Times

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Mark Townsend, The Observer

Highly commended: Harry Cole, The Sun

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

The Sunday Times Magazine

Highly commended: Culture, The Sunday Times

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

How the hell could it happen? Daily Mail

Highly commended: Assault on Westminster, The Times

THE CUDLIPP AWARD – CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Supported by the British Journalism Review

Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign, Daily Mail

Highly commended: Google and Facebook, The Times

NEWS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by United Utilities

The Europopulists, Financial Times

Highly commended: Facebook and Google, The Times

SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Times

Highly commended: Daily Mail

NEWS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Google

Buzzfeed UK

Highly commended: Guardian

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Financial Times

Highly commended: The Times