30 To Watch:
Journalism 2024
Winners announced

30 to Watch: Journalism

30 to Watch: Journalism celebrates the most talented and influential young journalists across the United Kingdom.

Each year, 30 winners under 30 are chosen in recognition of their outstanding investigation, storytelling and impact. Gold winners are selected for each category, ranging from News to Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle.

The awards are free to enter, and always will be.

Key Dates:
  • Entries open: 20th March
  • Standard deadline: 19th April
  • Extended deadline: 21st April
  • Winners announced: 23rd May
  • Awards ceremony: 29th May


You can choose one of these categories to enter. For those who didn't attend university, there is an option to be automatically entered into our 'Breakthrough' category.

City & Business

For journalists probing and investigating the biggest stories from the world the business. 

Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle

For journalists writing features and news stories rooted in the cultural trends that are shaping everyday life for their audiences. 


For journalists telling the most important stories from around the world of healthcare, from consumer health trends through to breaking pharmaceutical news.

International Affairs

For journalists who produced impactful reporting on events, trends and stories taking place outside of the UK.

News & Investigations

For journalists breaking the most incisive and revelatory public interest stories throughout the year.

Personal Finance & Consumer Affairs

For journalists who have produced outstanding reporting in the public interest across personal finance and consumer affairs, as consumers across the UK contend with rising costs and inflation. 


For journalists working on the biggest stories via broadcast media, including TV, radio, podcasts and more. 

Science, Environment & Technology

For journalists reporting on innovation and intrigue across science and technology, covering anything and everything from AI through to climate change through to new trends in gaming. 


New for 2024 ahead of a huge summer of sport, this is for journalists that cover anything and everything from the sporting world, from live events and match analysis to the business of sport and emerging trends.  


For journalists breaking the biggest stories from around Westminster as we head towards a General Election.  

30 To Watch: Journalism

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2024 Judges

The #30ToWatch Journalism Awards are judged by leading figures from across the media industry. In its thirteenth year, we are delighted to share the judges of the 2024 awards.

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


When is the deadline for entries?
We have extended the deadline to end of day Sunday 21st April

What is the cost to enter?
The 30 To Watch: Journalism Awards are free to enter.

When should the supporting work be from?
Supporting pieces should have been published 12 months leading up to the closing date of 19th April 2024.

I entered / won last year, can I enter again this year?

At what point do you have to be 30 to qualify for the awards?
You need to be 30 or younger when entries close, which is 19th April 2024.

How many categories can I enter?
It is one category per entry, however if you didn’t attend university and share that with us (via the drop down box) you will automatically be entered into our Breakthrough Award category.

Can I nominate someone else for the awards?
Yes, we welcome nominations! Check ‘I am nominating someone else’ at the top of the form and fill in your details.

If I nominate someone, will they find out it was me?
No – we will not tell them you nominated them. They will also not receive a trigger email, so won’t know they have been nominated.

Will my work be published?
If you are one of our 30 winners, your work will be on display during the Awards ceremony. We do not publish your work online.

If you have any questions about our 30 To Watch Journalism Awards please email [email protected]