British Journalism Awards success for News UK titles
BILLY KENBER Success at British Journalism Awards News UK titles won four of the British Journalism Awards in London last night (Tuesday).
Our three national titles shared four awards at the Press Gazette-organised event held in the Stationers’ Hall.
It was a double triumph for The Times as Rachel Sylvester triumphed in the politics journalism category, while Billy Kenber emerged victorious in the science and technology journalism section.
Columnist/interviewer Sylvester’s winning portfolio comprised ‘Being a mother gives me edge on May – Leadsom’, ‘As Labour splits, a new party is emerging’ and ‘Gove picks cabinet fight over deal with Saudis’.
Sylvester said: “it’s been an extraordinary year to write about politics. The news just didn’t stop and nobody can now say that politics doesn’t matter or that MPs are all the same.
“It was one of those periods in which journalism merged with life so I’m delighted to receive this award.”
Judges said: “Rachel has an extraordinary ability to get a hard news story out of every interview.”
Investigations reporter Kenber won for his probe into drug-pricing. Judges commented: “Billy’s investigation into extortionate prices charged by a small group of entrepreneurs for vital NHS drugs had everything.”
The popular journalism top prize went to The Sun consumer editor Dan Jones for his investigation into Age UK, which exposed the charity’s £47million deal to push expensive tariffs to the elderly.
Jones said: “It’s great that The Sun has been recognised for highlighting Age UK’s hypocrisy.”
Judges remarked: “It showed how a tabloid newspaper can have more positive impact than any other media when it goes for it with a story.”
The new journalist of the year category was won by Louise Callaghan of The Sunday Times.
Judges said: “Louise produced three compelling pieces from Istanbul, Lesbos and Berlin.
“The first cut through the chaos of the early hours of the Turkish coup, the second highlighted the cruel impact of a realpolitik deal between Turkey and the EU on refugees and the third went from Berlin to the hell of Raqqa via a group using digital journalism to fight back against ISIS.”