The awards recognised outstanding work produced by national news publishers and their journalists, as well as the importance of campaigning journalism as a force for good
Taking place at The Underglobe in London last night (Wednesday), the Media Freedom Awards championed both the very best in British journalism as well as the importance of media freedom in holding power to account and campaigning for a better society.
Society of Editors executive director Dawn Alford opened the event, acknowledging journalists often working in the most difficult situations, producing courageous work to deliver verifiable, trusted news and campaigns that make a difference.
She also emphasised the winners’ tirelessness in challenging and questioning authority and ensuring the truth is heard.
Alford went on to highlight the importance of the awards in celebrating the DNA of news brands, promoting freedom of speech and expression and protecting quality reporting in the public interest.
Newsworks supported the event by sponsoring the National Campaign of the Year award, won by the Daily Mail’s ‘Smart Motorways’ campaign. Highly commended awards were given to the ‘Asylum and immigration’ campaign by the Guardian and ‘War on Food Waste’ by the Mail on Sunday.
Pippa Crerar was named National Journalist of the Year with The Sunday Times’ Gabriel Pogrund awarded a highly commended. The Mirror took home News Media Organisation of the Year, with highly commended awards for The Sun and The Sunday Times.
See the full list of winners from the awards here.