20 Mar 2024

 30 To Watch: Journalism Awards open for entries 

Now in their 13th year, the awards celebrate the most talented and influential young journalists in Britain.


The 30 To Watch: Journalism awards have opened for entries!  

Returning for their 13th year, the awards celebrate the most talented and influential young journalists across the United Kingdom.  

In 2023, winners included journalists from publications such as: BBC News, Daily Mail, Financial Times, ITV News, The Daily Telegraph, The I, The Sun and The Times.  

Entries are invited across ten categories: City & Business; Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle; Health; International Affairs; News & Investigations; Personal Finance & Consumer Affairs; Politics; Production; Science, Environment & Technology and Sport (new for 2024).  

This year 30 To Watch will include a new Sport category to shine a spotlight on the unique storytelling and great talent within sport journalism. The category will be judged by former 30 To Watch Gold Winner, Adam Crafton, Football Writer at The Athletic.

The Breakthrough award returns for 2024. The award which was launched last year in partnership with News UK, shines a light on journalists who have entered the industry through non-traditional means and celebrates mobility in the newsroom. 

Keith Gladdis, Head of Strategic Media at MHP Group said:

“With Euro 2024 kicking off in June, followed by the Olympics and Paralympics, this year seemed a perfect time to launch our new Sport category.  

“Great sports reporting has always been an important part of the newsroom but as the politics of sports becomes more complex, there is an opportunity to celebrate some brilliant investigative journalism too.” 

Former Sky News Chief John Ryley is our head judge. He said:

“I’m delighted to be part of the vital 30 To Watch awards again. It’s important to celebrate the new talent emerging in our newsrooms up the down and the country.  

“The future of our industry is always ahead of us. Let’s be clear the future of democracy depends on vibrant journalism”. 

The 2024 MHP Group 30 To Watch: Journalism Awards judges: 

John Ryley, Former Head of Sky News
Laura Wilshaw, Deputy Editor, Channel 4 News
Paul Morgan-Bentley, Head of Investigations, The Times
Peter CampbellGlobal Motor Industry Correspondent, The Financial Times
Francesca Washtell, Executive City Editor, Mail on Sunday
Robert Guest, Deputy Editor, The Economist
Shekhar Bhatia, Senior Reporter, MailOnline
Kat Lay, Global Health Correspondent, The Guardian
Shaun LinternHealth Editor, The Sunday Times
Ben O’Driscoll, Executive News Editor, The Sun
Jennifer SavinFeatures Editor, Cosmopolitan
Kerri-Ann RoperHead of Entertainment and Features, PA Media
Ben WilkinsonHead of Money, The Telegraph
Colletta Smith, Cost of Living Correspondent, BBC News
Shivali Best, Executive Science and Tech Editor, MailOnline
John Stevens, Political Editor, Daily Mirror
Anne Alexander, Head of Politics, GMB
Daniel Hewitt, Investigations Editor, ITV News
Richard FredianiEditor, BBC Breakfast
Anthony France, Senior News Correspondent, Evening Standard

The 30 To Watch: Journalism awards are free to enter, entries close Friday 19th April 

For more information and to enter the awards, please visit: https://www.mhpgroup.com/30-to-watch/journalism-2024/ 

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