The Times dominated the main accolades of the evening, winning eight awards including the coveted Newspaper of the Year title, News Reporter of the Year Award and the Cudlipp Award in recognition of its investigation into the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Chairman of the Judges, Executive Director of the Society of Editors, Bob Satchwell, said: “The awards demonstrate the importance and quality of the British Press.
“They are the answer to the critics who seek to silence our newspapers. This is the best of UK newspaper journalism, which is the best in the world.”
In awarding the Newspaper of the Year accolade, the judges said that “Its searing investigation has changed the way the UK treats the issue of child abuse. It is a brilliant newspaper that defied political correctness and a political cover-up and was brilliantly vindicated in the process.”
Andrew Norfolk, The Times journalist instrumental in breaking the Rotherham scandal was honoured as News Reporter of the Year and in the Cudlipp award.
The judges said: “While covering the story over a number of years, he spent many weeks and months sitting in trials where he was often the only reporter present. Still he persevered. He was instrumental in breaking a scandal and his work prompted the publication of an independent report that last year confirmed that at least 1,400 children in Rotherham had been abused over a period of 15 years.
“His painstaking investigations successfully received huge attention and resulted in huge ramifications.”
The Daily Mirror took home five awards with Andrew Gregory winning the Science and Health Journalist of the Year Award, Halina Watts winning Showbiz Reporter of the Year, Tom Parry Feature Writer of the Year for popular papers, Rowan Griffiths winning Photographer of the Year and the paper was awarded The Digital Award in recognition of its “innovation and vast use of social media platforms”.
The Daily Mail collected four awards in recognition of its first-class team of journalists, said the judges. Peter Campbell won the Young Journalist of the Year title, Matthew Lawton was named Sports Journalist of the Year, Rebecca Hardy, Interviewer of the Year for popular papers and Quentin Letts Columnist of the Year in the popular category.
The Mail on Sunday won the Scoop of the Year award for Ben Ellery’s investigation into the slave labour used to make the feminist t-shirts worn by prominent politicians.
The judges said that it was “a simple idea, brilliantly told and with great pictures. More of a dogged investigation than the story first suggests, the paper backed the reporter’s hunch and dispatched him 9,000 miles from home.
“It not only left Miliband, Clegg and others looking like hypocrites for rushing to join a worthy concept without checking where the bandwagon began its journey, it also turned a PR stunt inside out, embarrassed the politicians and pricked the nation's social conscience.
“Once again, the Press is shown to have done the Government’s homework for them.”
The Independent on Sunday was awarded the Front Page of the Year prize for its sensitive cover on the death of Alan Henning which the judges praised for delivering the news while depriving the terrorists of the propaganda they craved.
The Independent and i saw reporters Patrick Cockburn and Mark Steel honoured in the Foreign Reporter of the Year and Columnist of the Year for broadsheet paper categories while sister paper the London Evening Standard’s David Sexton took home the award for Critic of the Year.
The Daily Record won the overall award for Sports Team of the Year in recognition of a magnificent effort on a tight budget in a year in which both the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup were held in Scotland.
The Financial Times’ environmental correspondent Pilita Clark was named the Specialist Journalist of the Year and its business team was recognised for its overall business coverage. The News Team of the Year Award went to The Sunday Times as did the Interviewer of the Year in the broadsheet category to Bryan Appleyard.
The Times’ other awards of the evening went to Political Journalist Matthew Parris, The Times Magazine, cartoonist Peter Brookes and Sports Photographer Marc Aspland. Feature Writer Anthony Loyd was also honoured in the Feature Broadsheet category for what the judges said was “a compelling and memorable account of his own kidnap in Syria.”
The Daily Telegraph’s cartoonist Matt Pritchett was awarded the Journalists’ Charity Award for using his craft to benefit the charity and the new Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Prize for Innovation went to Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates for a proposal for an extension of Everyday Sexism called Shouting Back, which would put not only the tales of women who fought back and what happened, but would also be a one-stop supportive resource for anyone who has been the victim of harassment.
The evening also saw Emeritus Editor of the Press Association and twice past President of the Society of Editors, Jonathan Grun, awarded the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his service to the industry.
Awards chairman Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of the Society of Editors, said Grun's award recognised the difference he has made without fuss from behind the scenes to the life of the nation.
He added: “The recipient is uniquely respected and valued in all parts of the media that are served by the Press Association for his exceptional professional and personal qualities.
“No-one is more deserving of recognition for an enormous part played in both defending media freedom and insistence upon high journalistic standards.”
The awards, held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel were supported by Camelot, Google, Unison, the Gorkana Group, Reuters, EY, HW Fisher, L’Oreal, Wiggin, JTI, Luther Pendragon, Challenge Trophies and the Press Association.
Photos, video and citations from the event can be found online at www.pressawards.org.uk
The full list of winners and highly commended:
YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Peter Campbell – Daily Mail
BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by EY
Winner: Simon Goodley – The Guardian
Highly commended: Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – The Daily Telegraph
POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Matthew Parris – The Times
Highly commended: Janan Ganesh – Financial Times
FOREIGN REPORTER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Reuters
Winner: Patrick Cockburn – The Independent and i
Highly commended: Anthony Loyd – The Times
SCIENCE AND HEALTH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by L’Oreal
Winner: Andrew Gregory – Daily Mirror
Highly commended: Steve Connor – The Independent and i
SHOWBIZ REPORTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Halina Watts – Daily Mirror
Highly commended: Simon Cable – Freelance (Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Mail on Sunday) and
Richard Brooks – The Sunday Times
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Matthew Lawton – Daily Mail
Highly commended: Ian Herbert – The Independent and i
SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by JTI
Winner: Pilita Clark – Financial Times
Highly commended: Dan Hyde – The Daily Telegraph
INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR (POP)
Winner: Rebecca Hardy – Daily Mail
Highly commended: Frances Hardy – Daily Mail
INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR (BROADSHEET)
Winner: Bryan Appleyard – The Sunday Times
Highly commended: Simon Hattenstone – The Guardian
FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR (POP)
Winner: Tom Parry – Daily Mirror
Highly commended: Joshi Hermann – London Evening Standard
FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR (BROADSHEET)
Winner: Anthony Loyd – The Times
Highly commended: Patrick Strudwick – The Independent and i
COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (POP)
Sponsored by HW Fisher
Winner: Quentin Letts – Daily Mail
Highly commended: Brian Reade – Daily Mirror
COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (BROADSHEET)
Sponsored by HW Fisher
Winner: Mark Steel – The Independent and i
Highly commended: Fraser Nelson – The Daily Telegraph and
Howard Jacobson – The Independent
CRITIC OF THE YEAR
Winner: David Sexton – London Evening Standard
Highly commended: Michael Deacon – The Daily Telegraph
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Rowan Griffiths – Daily Mirror
Highly commended: Ben Birchall – Press Association and
Stefan Rousseau – Press Association
SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Marc Aspland – The Times
Highly commended: Martin Rickett – Press Association
CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Peter Brookes – The Times
Highly commended: Matt Pritchett – The Daily Telegraph
SCOOP OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by the Gorkana Group
Winner: ‘62p an hour’, Ben Ellery, The Mail on Sunday
Highly commended: ‘Boxing legend Frank: I’m now a woman’, Matthew Drake, Sunday Mirror and
‘Fifa Files: Plot to buy the World Cup’, Insight, The Sunday Times
NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Andrew Norfolk – The Times
Highly commended: Insight – The Sunday Times and
Ben Ellery – The Mail on Sunday
THE DIGITAL AWARD
Sponsored by Google
Winner: Daily Mirror
Highly commended: The Guardian
FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR
Winner: ‘Here is the news, not the propaganda’ – The Independent on Sunday
Highly commended: ‘62p an hour’ – The Mail on Sunday and
‘The Vow’ – Daily Record
SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Times Magazine
Highly commended: Notebook – Sunday Mirror
BUSINESS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Luther Pendragon
Winner: Financial Times
Highly commended: The Times
SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Daily Record
Highly commended: Mail Sport
NEWS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Unison
Winner: The Sunday Times
Highly commended: Sunday People
THE CUDLIPP AWARD
Supported by the British Journalism Review
Winner: ‘My Battle for the Lost Girls of Rotherham’ – The Times
Highly commended: ‘Kids in Crisis’ – Daily Mirror
THE JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD
Sponsored by the Gorkana Group
Winner: Matt Pritchett – The Daily Telegraph
THE GEORGINA HENRY WOMEN IN JOURNALISM PRIZE FOR INNOVATION
Sponsored by Wiggin
Winner: Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism Extension
Highly commended: Iram Ramzan – Interactive blog for moderate Muslim voices
THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
Winner: Jonathan Grun, Emeritus Editor, Press Association
NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Times