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Winners of the 30 To Watch: Journalism Awards, 2024

Posted on: May 22nd, 2024 by Alexandra Stamp

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 30 To Watch: Journalism awards for 2024.

For 13 years MHP Group has celebrated some of the best young talent in the media such as Sophy Ridge from Sky News, Marianna Spring from the BBC and Lewis Goodall from the News Agents podcast.

The event gets bigger each year. This year we received more than 350 entries from all corners of the UK.

A special thank you to our independent judging panel, chaired John Ryley, Former Head of Sky News, who reviewed and deliberated over this year’s entries. The panel included Laura Wilshaw, Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News, Richard Frediani from BBC Breakfast and Jennifer Savin from Cosmopolitan.

We were particularly pleased to welcome back former 30 To Watch winners as judges including Daily Mirror political editor John Stevens, Guardian Global Health Correspondent Kat Lay and FT Global Motoring Correspondent Peter Campbell.

For 2024 we are proud to launch the new Sport category. This award celebrates journalists who cover everything from match reports and analysis to interviews and features looking at the major trends influencing the sporting world. We were delighted to welcome Adam Crafton from The Athletic and Martyn Ziegler from The Times, as judges for this category.

The 2024 30 To Watch: Journalism Winners:

 

30 To Watch Breakthrough Award

Eleanor Gregory, ITV News

 

City & Business

Alys Key, Digital Frontier

Tom Saunders, The Times

Highly commended – Calum Muirhead, Daily Mail / Mail on Sunday

 

Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle

Tiwa Adebayo, Bloomberg

Amy Beecham, Stylist

Shehab Khan, ITV News

Debbie Ridgard, Sky News

Highly commended – Olivia Petter, The Independent

 

Health

Cree Haughton, ITV News

Zoe Tidman, Health Service Journal

Highly commended – Anna Colivicchi, Pulse

 

International Affairs

Richard Assheton, Freelance

Sarah Newey, Daily Telegraph

Jack Tayor, Sky News

Highly commended – Ian Johnston, Financial Times

 

News & Investigations

Sophie Braybrook, Channel 4 News

Conor Gogarty, WalesOnline

Ali Mitib, The Times

Sabrina Miller, Mail on Sunday

Katie Tarrant, The Sunday Times

Highly commended – Holly Bancroft, The Independent

 

Personal Finance & Consumer Affairs

Jessica Beard, Mail / Mail on Sunday

Pieter Snepvangers, Daily Telegraph

Highly commended – Katharine Swindells, Inside Housing

 

Politics

Amy Gibbons, Daily Telegraph

Tali Fraser, The House Magazine

Andrew Misra, ITV News

Highly commended – Lewis Denison, ITV News

 

Production

Sarah Gough, Sky News

Jonny McGuigan, BBC News

Rachel Parkes, Channel 4 News

Highly commended – Daniel Ajose

 

Science, Environment & Technology

Matilda Davies, The Times

Nimra Shahid, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Highly commended – Billy Perrigo, TIME Magazine

 

Sport 

Jordan Campbell, The Athletic

Isaan Khan, Daily Mail

Amar Mehta, Sky Sports News

Highly commended – Dan Sheldon, The Athletic

 

Massive congratulations to all of our winners. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th May for the awards ceremony.

 

Our 2024 judges:

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

 

Introducing the Sport Category | 30 to Watch: Journalism Awards, 2024

Posted on: April 10th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

This year we are excited to announce a new category for our 30 to Watch: Journalism Awards, Sport. The UK has a rich history in sports journalism, producing some of the greatest sports writers and producers of our time, with 2024 being set to be a momentous year in the world of sport. Team GB is heading to the Paris Olympics and Paralympics while the England and Scotland men’s football teams compete at Euro 2024.

The business of sport is also becoming more and more prominent as we see and read hard-hitting reports and investigations from across our sports desks. The category is open to journalists working across all disciplines from match reports and analysis to interviews and features looking at the major trends influencing the sporting world. We are delighted to welcome The Athletics Adam Crafton, recently crowned Sports Journalist of the Year at the Sports Journalism Awards, to our judging panel to help pick our winners in the category.

He joins a panel which includes more than 20 of the UK’s most influential journalists. Including former head of Sky News, John Ryley, BBC Breakfast Editor Richard Frediani and Guardian Global Healthcare Correspondent Kat Lay.

Our 30 to Watch: Journalism Awards are now in their 13th year and are the longest running awards of their type in the UK. In that time we have celebrated more than 300 of the UK’s best and brightest young journalists. The awards always have been and always will be free to enter, and the deadline for this year is Friday 19th of April.

Hear James Rollinson discuss the new Sport category below

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

 30 To Watch: Journalism Awards open for entries 

Posted on: March 20th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

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/ 

30 To Watch: Politics awards – Gold winners revealed

Posted on: December 7th, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

Last night, 30 of the UK’s leading young politicos came together at One Birdcage Walk in Westminster for the 2023 MHP Group 30 To Watch Politics Awards, celebrating with Members of Parliament, Political Advisors and leading editors of 2023.

Hosted by Head of Public Affairs, Tim Snowball, and with an address from Mark Wallace, Chief Executive of Total Politics, the awards brought together the rising stars of British politics.

Back for their second year, the MHP Group 30 to Watch: Politics Awards has become a major event in the industry’s calendar, judged by some of the biggest names in politics.

The 30 To Watch Gold Winners: 

Commentator – Eleni Courea, POLITICO
Diversity / Inclusivity Champion – Dr. Alex Bulat and & Lara Parizotto, Migrant Democracy Project
Health Champion – Dr Azmain Chowdhury, Doctor & Content Creator
Issue Campaigner  Hannah Swirsky, Samaritans
Local Champion – Charlie Edwards, Lancashire County Council
Parliamentarian Keir Mather, Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty
Political Adviser – Muneera Lula, The Labour Party
Think Tanker  Jenevieve Treadwell, Onward 

Download the 2023 awards booklet


The full list of MHP Group 30 to Watch: Politics Award 2023 winners:

Commentator

Aletha Adu, The Guardian
Mhari Aurora, Sky News
Eleni Courea, POLITICO
Calum Macdonald, Times Radio 

Diversity/ Inclusivity Champion

Dr. Alex Bulat and & Lara Parizotto, Migrant Democracy Project
Haleemah Farooq, Office of Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner
Melanie Fernandes, WIPA & KPMG 

Health Champion 

Dr Azmain Chowdhury, Doctor & Content Creator
Charli Clement, Activist & Lived Experience Consultant
Lydia Paynter, Malaria No More UK 

Issue Campaigner

Sharon Gaffka, Freelancer and Activist
Imogen Payter, UK Friends of Ukraine
Afzal Pervez, Commonwealth Research Group
Madison Rogers, Cats Protection
Nathan Stilwell, Humanists UK
Hannah Swirsky, Samaritans 

Local Champion

Charlie Edwards, Lancashire County Council
Isaac Howarth, Sheffield Conservatives
Jordan Jacobs, Rayleigh Town Council 

Parliamentarian

Sara Britcliffe, Member of Parliament for Hyndburn
Keir Mather, Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty
Emma Roddick, Member of The Scottish Parliament 

Political Adviser 

Laura Dunn, Consultant
Alice Hopkin, UK Home Office
Jonty Leibowitz, The Labour Party  
Muneera Lula, The Labour Party
Henna Shah, The Labour Party 

Think Tanker  

Connor Escudero, Young Fabians
Maxwell Marlow, Adam Smith Institute
Jenevieve Treadwell, Onward 

A special thank you to our esteemed judging panel this year:

Nusrat Ghani MP, Business and Trade Minister
David Lammy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Skills
Tim Farron MP, Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Baroness Arlene Foster, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland
Mark Wallace, Chief Executive, Total Politics
Dean Sabri, Head of UK Political Intelligence, Dods Political Intelligence
Rebecca Deegan, Founder & CEO, I have a voice
Rosa Prince, Editor, London Playbook, POLITICO
Lucy Aitkens, Group Director, External Affairs, Sky
Atul Hatwal, Editor, Labour Uncut
Claire Ellicott, Whitehall Editor, Daily Mail
Roger Perowne, CEO, Savanta

Winners of the 30 To Watch: Politics Awards, 2023

Posted on: November 28th, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 30 To Watch: Politics awards for 2023.

As we approach a year that is likely to bring significant change to British politics, it seems fitting to search out the talent that looks set shape of politics into the future. That’s what MHP Group’s 30 To Watch: Politics is all about. 

This is the second year for our Politics awards, which were launched in 2022 as a companion for our long-established 30 To Watch: Journalism awards, which have become a sought-after prize for emerging British journalists and been proven remarkably successful in their ability to foretell a bright career. 

We were overwhelmed by the increased interest in 30 To Watch: Politics this year, with applications three-times the number received in the inaugural year. This success was in no small part driven by our committed partners: Total Politics, Savanta, Dods Political Intelligence, DeepSeer, and I have a voice, who helped us promote the opportunity to the widest possible audience.   

Congratulations to our 2023 Winners.

Tim Snowball, Head of Public Affairs 

The 2023 30 To Watch: Politics Winners:

 

Commentator ‘to watch’

Aletha Adu, The Guardian 

Mhari Aurora, Sky News 

Eleni Courea, POLITICO 

Calum Macdonald, Times Radio 

Diversity/ Inclusivity Champion ‘to watch’

Dr. Alex Bulat and & Lara Parizotto, Migrant Democracy Project 

Haleemah Farooq, Office of Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner 

Melanie Fernandes, WIPA & KPMG 

Health Champion ‘to watch’ 

Dr Azmain Chowdhury, Doctor & Content Creator 

Charli Clement, Activist & Lived Experience Consultant 

Lydia Paynter, Malaria No More UK 

Issue Campaigner ‘to watch’  

Sharon Gaffka, Freelancer and Activist 

Imogen Payter, UK Friends of Ukraine 

Afzal Pervez, Commonwealth Research Group 

Madison Rogers, Cats Protection 

Nathan Stilwell, Humanists UK 

Hannah Swirsky, Samaritans 

Local Champion ‘to watch’  

Charlie Edwards, Lancashire County Council 

Isaac Howarth, Sheffield Conservatives 

Jordan Jacobs, Rayleigh Town Council 

Parliamentarian ‘to watch’ 

Sara Britcliffe, Member of Parliament for Hyndburn 

Keir Mather, Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty 

Emma Roddick, Member of The Scottish Parliament 

Political Adviser ‘to watch’  

Laura Dunn, Consultant 

Alice Hopkin, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office   

Jonty Leibowitz, The Labour Party   

Muneera Lula, The Labour Party 

Henna Shah, The Labour Party 

Think Tanker ‘to watch’   

Connor Escudero, Young Fabians  

Maxwell Marlow, Adam Smith Institute 

Jenevieve Treadwell, Onward 

Massive congratulations to all of our winners. We look forward to seeing you on the 6th December for the awards ceremony.

 

Our 2023 judges:

 

The full list of judges: 

Nusrat Ghani MP, Business and Trade Minister

David Lammy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Skills

Tim Farron MP, Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Baroness Arlene Foster, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Mark Wallace, Chief Executive, Total Politics

Dean Sabri, Head of UK Political Intelligence, Dods Political Intelligence

Rebecca Deegan, Founder & CEO, I have a voice

Rosa Prince, Editor, London Playbook, Politico

Lucy Aitkens, Group Director, External Affairs, Sky

Atul Hatwal, Editor, Labour Uncut

Claire Ellicott, Whitehall Editor, Daily Mail

Roger Perowne, CEO, Savanta

MHP Group partners with Total Politics to launch the ‘30 To Watch: Politics’ awards 2023

Posted on: September 28th, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

Today we have announced the return of 30 To Watch: Politics, the only UK awards to recognise the best young talent in British Politics.

Entries are invited across eight ‘…To Watch’ categories: Commentator, Diversity/Inclusivity champion, Health champion, Issue campaigner, Local champion, Think tanker, Parliamentarian, and Political adviser.

For 2023, we have partnered with Total Politics Group – the trusted source of news, debate and expert insight on politics, government and public policy. Total Politics will help promote the awards and take part in the judging process.

The 30 to Watch: Politics awards develops our long-established 30 to Watch: Journalism awards, which have been running for 12 years.

Tim Snowball, Head of Public Affairs at MHP Group commented:

“With a General Election looming, all eyes are turning to the next generation of political talent. MHP are pleased to be launching the 2023 30 To Watch: Politics awards, to identify and celebrate impressive young people making an impact in the political world.

“We are delighted to have attracted the partnership of Total Politics, who will help raise the profile of these awards and maximise participation. We are also grateful to our other partners for supporting individual categories and taking part in the judging process.”

Mark Wallace, Chief Executive of Total Politics Group added

“Politics runs on the commitment, imagination and creativity of the people who make it happen, so it’s important to take the opportunity to recognise and applaud the very best. I’m constantly impressed by the rising talent whom I encounter through Total Politics Group’s media titles and events, right across the spectrum of British politics. I can’t wait to see which examples of innovation and dedication come to light through this year’s ’30 To Watch’ awards.

The 30 To Watch: Politics awards are free to enter, entries close Friday 27th October.

Other judges for the 2023 awards include Nusrat Ghani MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Tim Farron MP, Baroness Foster (Former First Minister of Northern Ireland), Claire Ellicott (Whitehall Editor at the Daily Mail), Lucy Aitkens (Group Director External Affairs at Sky), Dean Sabri (Head of UK Political Intelligence at Dods), and Rebecca Deegan (Founder and CEO of i have a voice).

Alongside Total Politics, the 2023 awards will have a range of category partners including Savanta, Dods Political Intelligence, DeepSeer, and I Have A Voice.

In 2022, winners included Jessica Barnard, Young Labour, George Holt, Young Conservative Network, Emma Roddick, Scottish Parliament, Tony Diver, The Telegraph and Leor Zmigrod, Cambridge University.

Enter the Awards here

Judges

Nusrat Ghani MP
Business and Trade Minister

Mark Wallace
Chief Executive, Total Politics

David Lammy MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

Seema Malhotra MP
Shadow Minister for Skills

Tim Farron MP
Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Baroness Foster
Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Dean Sabri

Head of UK Political Intelligence, Dods Political Intelligence

Rebecca Deegan
Founder & CEO, I have a voice

Rosa Prince
Editor, London Playbook, Politico

Lucy Aitkens
Group Director External Affairs, Sky

Claire Ellicott
Whitehall Editor, Daily Mail

Roger Perowne
CEO, Savanta Comres

Atul Hatwal
Editor, Labour Uncut

The MHP Group 30 To Watch: Journalism Awards 2023 Gold Winners Revealed

Posted on: May 4th, 2023 by Alexandra Stamp

Last night, 30 of the UK’s leading young journalists gathered at the top of News UK’s headquarters for the 2023 MHP Group 30 To Watch Journalism Awards, celebrating with leading editors, broadcasters and commentators as this year’s Gold winners were announced.

Hosted by ITV News’ Lucrezia Millarini, and with addresses from Victoria Newton, Editor-in-Chief at The Sun, and Head of Sky News, John Ryley, the Awards once-again brought together the rising stars of British news.

Now in their 12th year, the MHP Group 30 to Watch Journalism Awards are a major moment in the industry’s calendar, judged by some of the biggest names in news.

More than 300 journalists entered this year, vying for one of 30 places among the winners, including nine prestigious Gold awards.

 

The 30 To Watch Gold Winners: 

City & Business – James Baxter-Derrington, Investment Week

Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle – Abigail Buchanan, The Daily Telegraph

Health – Emily Townsend, Health Service Journal

International Affairs – Shayma Bakht, The Times

News & Investigations – Runako Celina, BBC News

Personal Finance & Consumer Affairs – Grace Gausden, The i

Politics – Noa Hoffman, The Sun

Production – Jade Liversidge, ITV News

Science, Environment & Technology – Cristina Criddle, Financial Times

 

 

The Awards exist to promote opportunity and diversity in British news and this year, for the first time in the Awards’ history, a special ‘Breakthrough’ award, was created in partnership with NewsUK to recognise the work of journalists from non-university backgrounds.

The inaugural Breakthrough Award was won by Isaac Crowson, The Sun.

Opening the ceremony, Victoria Newton commented:

“The quality of those entered was higher than ever before – with the judges being sent agenda-setting scoops, interviews and features, and hard-hitting investigations, published across many different platforms.”

“There has never been a more important time to be a journalist. In the past year we have seen truly extraordinary events – three prime ministers, a war in Europe, the death of our Queen, and this coming weekend the coronation of a new King. Nobody chronicles these history-making moments better than the British media.”

Chair of Judges, John Ryley, was also presented with the 30 to Watch Outstanding Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to British journalism, including supporting the careers of next generation news talent.

Presenting the Outstanding Achievement Award, MHP Group Head of Strategic Media Keith Gladdis said:

“John Ryley is in the rare position of having worked for all three major news broadcasters. In that time, he campaigned successfully for the first live televised Leaders Debate, brought cameras into British courts for the first time and launched the first dedicated daily climate programme.

“He has put innovation and talent at the forefront of Sky News. But there are always two ways to judge an editor – firstly from their product and secondly from the people who work with them. As one former colleague told me, John is ‘Always pushing boundaries, challenging convention and always one step ahead. More importantly, he’s always got your back.’”

Download the 2023 awards booklet


The full list of MHP Group 30 to Watch Journalism Award 2023 winners:

30 To Watch Breakthrough Award – In partnership with News UK

Isaac Crowson, The Sun

 

City & Business

James Baxter-Derrington, Investment Week

Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg

Lora Jones, BBC News

 

Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle

Abigail Buchanan, Daily Telegraph

Jade Cuttle, The Times

Jocelyn Evans, ITV News

Hannah Tomes, The Spectator

 

Health

George Hancorn, ITV News

Xantha Leatham, Daily Mail

Emily Townsend, Health Service Journal

Highly commended – Phillip Sime, ITV News

 

International Affairs

Shayma Bakht, The Times

Lucy Marley, The News Movement

Oliver Telling, Financial Times

 

News & Investigations

Megan Agnew, The Sunday Times

Greg Barradale, The Big Issue

Runako Celina, BBC News

George Greenwood, The Times

Monika Plaha, BBC News

 

Personal Finance & Consumer Affairs

Emily Braeger, Daily Express

Grace Gausden, The i

Samantha Everett, BBC News

 

A special thank you to our independent judging panel this year:

Anne Alexander, Head of Politics, Good Morning Britain
Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
Laura Donnelly, Health Editor, The Telegraph
Emily Fairbairn, Senior Associate Head of Features, The Sun
Richard Fletcher, Business Editor, The Times
Robert Guest, Deputy Editor, The Economist
Daniel Hewitt, Investigations Correspondent, ITV News
Natalie Kenway, Editor in Chief, ESG Clarity
Kat Lay, Health Editor, The Times
Paul Morgan-Bentley, Head of Investigations, The Times
Jim Norton, Tech Editor, Daily Mail
Kerri-Ann Roper, Head of Entertainment & Features, PA Media
John Ryley, Head of Sky News, Sky News
Colletta Smith, Cost of Living Correspondent, BBC News
Sonia Sodha, Columnist, The Guardian
John Stevens, Political Editor, Daily Mirror
Ruth Sunderland, Group Business Editor, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
Ben Wilkinson, Head of Personal Finance, Daily Telegraph

Download the 30 To Watch: Journalism awards book

Posted on: May 4th, 2023 by MHP Group

Now in their 12th year, the MHP Group 30 to Watch Journalism Awards are a major moment in the industry’s calendar, judged by some of the biggest names in news. Download the awards book to see the winners of the 2023 awards, explore this years’ judging panel and discover what leading figures from the media industry think about the future of journalism.

Download the report here:


Winners of the 30 To Watch: Journalism Awards, 2023

Posted on: April 26th, 2023 by Alexandra Stamp

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 30 To Watch: Journalism awards for 2023.

For 12 years MHP Group has celebrated some of the best young talent in the media such as Sophy Ridge from Sky News, Marianna Spring from the BBC and Lewis Goodall from the News Agents podcast.

The event gets bigger each year. This time we received more than 300 entries from the Isle of Wight to Aberdeen and as far afield as the United States and Australia.

A special thank you to our independent judging panel, chaired John Ryley, Head of Sky News, who reviewed and deliberated over this year’s entries. The panel included Ruth Sunderland, the Group Business Editor of the Daily Mail, Anne Alexander from GMB and Daniel Hewitt from ITV News.

We were particularly pleased to welcome back former 30 To Watch winners as judges including Daily Mirror political editor John Stevens, Times Health editor Kat Lay and FT Motor Industry correspondent Peter Campbell.

This year we are proud to launch the new 30 To Watch Breakthrough Award, in partnership with News UK. This award celebrates journalists whose dedication and resilience have seen them successfully enter the industry without the benefit of going to university.

 

The 2023 30 To Watch: Journalism Winners:

 

30 To Watch Breakthrough Award – In partnership with News UK

Isaac Crowson, The Sun

Highly commended – Jamie Roberton, Channel 4 News

 

City & Business

James Baxter-Derrington, Investment Week

Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg

Lora Jones, BBC News

 

Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle

Abigail Buchanan, Daily Telegraph

Jade Cuttle, The Times

Jocelyn Evans, ITV News

Hannah Tomes, The Spectator

Highly commended – Rishi Davda, ITV News

 

Health

George Hancorn, ITV News

Xantha Leatham, Daily Mail

Emily Townsend, Health Service Journal

Highly commended – Phillip Sime, ITV News

 

International Affairs

Shayma Bakht, The Times

Lucy Marley, The News Movement

Oliver Telling, Financial Times

Highly commended – Harriet Barber, The Telegraph

 

News & Investigations

Megan Agnew, The Sunday Times

Greg Barradale, The Big Issue

Runako Celina, BBC News

George Greenwood, The Times

Monika Plaha, BBC News

Highly commended – Eve Livingstone

 

Personal Finance & Consumer Affairs

Emily Braeger, Daily Express

Grace Gausden, The i

Samantha Everett, BBC News

Highly commended – Harry Brennan, The Telegraph

 

Politics

James Heale, The Spectator

Noa Hoffman, The Sun

Ailbhe Rea, POLITICO

Highly commended – Steph Spyro, Daily Express

 

Production

Martin Kimber, Sky News

Jade Liversidge, ITV News

Persis Love, Financial Times

Highly commended – Dominic Hauschild, Times Radio

 

Science, Environment & Technology

Cristina Criddle, Financial Times

Sam Leader, ITV News

 

Massive congratulations to all of our winners. We look forward to seeing you on the 3rd May for the awards ceremony.

 

Our 2023 judges:

 

The full list of judges: 

Anne Alexander, Head of Politics, Good Morning Britain
Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
Laura Donnelly, Health Editor, The Telegraph
Emily Fairbairn, Senior Associate Head of Features, The Sun
Richard Fletcher, Business Editor, The Times
Robert Guest, Deputy Editor, The Economist
Daniel Hewitt, Investigations Correspondent, ITV News
Natalie Kenway, Editor in Chief, ESG Clarity
Kat Lay, Health Editor, The Times
Paul Morgan-Bentley, Head of Investigations, The Times
Jim Norton, Tech Editor, Daily Mail
Kerri-Ann Roper, Head of Entertainment & Features, PA Media
John Ryley, Head of Sky News, Sky News
Colletta Smith, Cost of Living Correspondent, BBC News
Sonia Sodha, Columnist, The Guardian
John Stevens, Political Editor, Daily Mirror
Ruth Sunderland, Group Business Editor, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
Ben Wilkinson, Head of Personal Finance, Daily Telegraph

 

MHP Group launches new 30 To Watch Breakthrough Award in partnership with News UK

Posted on: March 28th, 2023 by Keith Gladdis

One of the founding principles of the MHP Group 30 To Watch Journalism Awards is that they should always be free to enter.

We recognise that working in the media is often poorly paid and that cost should be no barrier to celebrating great young talent.

Our approach has seen 30 To Watch grow over the last 12 years into an event that regularly has more than 400 entries from print, broadcast and digital journalists around the world.

And our winners like Sophy Ridge at Sky News, Harry Cole from the Sun and Ollie Shah at the Sunday Times have gone on to become some of the most influential journalists in the industry.

However it is becoming increasingly more difficult to make a career in journalism, especially for those from less well-off backgrounds.

In his keynote speech at last year’s event, John Ryley the Head of Sky News said: “Our newsrooms do not reflect the society on which they report.

“Our newsrooms tend to be too white, too middle class, and just too similar.”

That’s why MHP Group is proud to launch our new Breakthrough award in partnership with News UK.

The award is open to all 30 To Watch entrants who did not go to university. They might have entered the industry through an apprenticeship, a trainee scheme or through sheer bloody mindedness.

Many news organisations are already running schemes to encourage more social mobility in the news room.

The Breakthrough Award is designed to recognise the dedication and resilience of young journalists who have entered the industry through non-traditional routes.

Our panel of 20 judges, led by John Ryley, include senior journalists and editors from across the media industry.

Anne Alexander is Head of Politics at ITV Good Morning Britain and a 30 To Watch judge.

She said: “I’m delighted the Breakthrough Award has been added to the list of categories this year.

“It is so important that journalism is open to all, and we must recognise and encourage the range of routes into the profession which do not necessarily involve having a degree.

“There is so much untapped talent out there, and there has never been a more important time for us all to ensure journalism really reflects the society we serve.

John Stevens won a 30 To Watch award in 2016 when he was a young reporter at the Daily Mail. He is now Political Editor at the Daily Mirror and a 30 To Watch judge.

He said: “The 30 To Watch awards are a great way to recognise young and talented journalists who are already having a big impact and helping to reshape our industry.

“I’m particularly excited about the new Breakthrough award because it’s important to attract diverse talent into our newsrooms.”

30 To Watch judge Anthony France, Senior News Correspondent at  the Evening Standard said: “I’m delighted to be judging the new MHP Breakthrough Award. There are so many routes into journalism, including through local papers like I did, and it’s important that we celebrate the best talent from all backgrounds”

News organisations are already innovating when it comes to encouraging diverse talent into the newsroom and better reflecting their audience.

Former 30 To Watch winner Nadine White has become the UK’s first dedicated race correspondent at the Independent and a range of apprenticeships and trainee schemes are beginning to emerge.

We hope the 30 To Watch Breaththrough award will help celebrate more diversity in journalism and lead to more news organisations encouraging social mobility in the newsroom.

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