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British Journalism Awards 2018: Amelia Gentleman named Journalist of the Year

The Guardian's Amelia Gentleman was awarded for her work in exposing the Windrush scandal, leading to the resignation of then Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The judges described her reporting as "astonishing" and said that it "set the agenda for weeks", adding: "The detail and the case studies were brilliant and everyone followed this story up."

The Financial Times was named News Provider of the Year, taking home four awards in total, while the The Times and The Sunday Times were awarded five times between them, including Scoop of the Year which went to The Times for its Oxfam revelations. The judges said: "It took brilliant journalism to unearth this story and courage to expose uncomfortable truths about one of the UK's most popular charities." The Times' Louise Callaghan also won the Marie Colvin Award for her coverage of the war in Syria.

The Observer's Carole Cadwalladr won the Technology Journalism and Investigation of the Year awards for her work on the Cambridge Analytica files – the latter was won jointly with Channel 4. Cadwalladr described the awards as an "important piece of armour" against those that attack her and her work. The judges said: "Cadwalladr used the resources of the paper to challenge non-disclosure agreement legal restrictions and pushed the envelope more than anyone else on this story. It raised a crucial issue for democracy in the digital age the ramifications of which are still rumbling on."

See below for a full list of winners:

Technology Journalism, sponsored by Huawei
Winner
: Carole Cadwalladr, The Cambridge Analytica Files (The Observer)

Features Journalism
Winner
: Duncan Leatherdale, Whirlpool (BBC News)
Highly commended: Ross Wynne Jones, Wigan Pier Project (Daily Mirror)

Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Google
Winner: Financial Times, The Uber Game
Highly commended: The Guardian, Relationship funding strategy

Arts and Entertainment
Winner: Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times

Business, Finance and Economics Journalism, sponsored by Aviva
Winner
: Jeff Prestridge, The Mail on Sunday

Politics Journalism
Winner
: Laura Hughes, Financial Times

Comment Journalism
Winner
: Janice Turner, The Times
Highly commended
: Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times

Campaign of the Year
Winner
: Larisa Brown and David Williams, Betrayal of the Brave (Daily Mail)

Photojournalism
Winner
: Paula Bronstein, The Sunday Times
Highly commended
: Hannah McKay, Reuters

Science and Health Journalism, sponsored by Astellas Pharma
Winner
: Helen McArdle, NHS Tayside Exposé (The Herald)
Highly commended
: Ross Lydall, The Evening Standard

Sports Journalism, sponsored by the University of Gloucestershire Media School
Winner
: Jonathan Calvert and George Arbunthnott, The Sunday Times
Highly commended: Simon Kuper, Financial Times

Popular Journalism
Winner
: Ian Birrell, Leave us alone or arrest me (The Mail on Sunday)

Foreign Affairs Journalism
Winner
: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Massacre in Myanmar (Reuters)

Local Heroes
Winner
: Stephen Nolan and and David Thomson, BBC Radio Ulster
Highly commended: Jonathan Gibson, BBC
Highly commended: Tom Bristow and Dom Gilbert, Eastern Daily Press

New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Bournemouth University
Winner
: Richard Holmes, Buzzfeed UK
Highly commended
: Luke Barratt, Inside Housing

Specialist Journalism, sponsored by Ableforth’s
Winner
: Patrick Strudwick, This gay man was given repeated electric shocks by British doctors to make him straight (Buzzfeed UK)

Scoop of the Year
Winner: Sean O’Neill, Oxfam Scandal (The Times)

Investigation of the Year (Global)
Winner
: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Investigation of the Year, sponsored by Transparency International
Winner
: Carole Cadwalladr, Revealed: 50m Facebook files taken in record data breach (The Observer)
Winner: Andy Davies and Kylie Morris Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks: Cambridge Analytica Uncovered (Channel 4 News)

Marie Colvin Award
Winner
: Louise Callaghan, The Sunday Times

Journalist of the Year 2018, sponsored by Cision Jobs
Winner: Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian

News Provider of the Year 2018
Winner: Financial Times

Source: Press Gazette 

12/12/18

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