We’re delighted to share our panel of judges, chosen from a wide-range of outlets with varying backgrounds and experience, who will select this year’s finalists and winners.
We’re delighted to share our panel of judges, chosen from a wide-range of outlets with varying backgrounds and experience, who will select this year’s finalists and winners.
Laura has been the BBC’s Political Editor since July 2015, covering politics in Westminster and beyond during a tumultuous period for the BBC’s flagship programmes. Previously she was the chief correspondent and a regular presenter on Newsnight, after a spell as Business Editor at ITV News and serving as the BBC’s chief political correspondent. Laura is one of the presenters of the BBC’s Newscast podcast which grew out of the award winning Brexitcast show. The programme is also broadcast on BBC One.
Felicity trained as an actor and has been playing the character of Ruth in the radio drama The Archers for over 30 years. She also makes radio documentaries and features for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Her work has taken her to Rwanda several times where she’s made programmes about the long-term effects of the 1994 genocide on women’s lives. Other programmes, examining how radio drama can be used to communicate vital information to listeners, took her to Peshawar, Afghanistan, Albania and Cambodia as well as back to Rwanda.
Owenna is currently the editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. She is a Bafta and International Emmy award-winning editor with over 25 years’ journalistic experience. Owenna was the Editor of CBBC’s Newsround and before joining Today in September had been Editor of both the World at One and PM at Radio 4. Owenna’s successful editorship at the PM programme has included in-depth analysis from across the UK during the 2019 General Election, the recent Covid Chronicles, where listeners have shared their own experiences of the pandemic, and the award-winning seven-part series Anatomy Of A Stabbing.
Nihal is an acclaimed broadcaster and TV presenter. He currently presents Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Show – Nihal Arthanayake, and Asian Network’s Big Debate (on Fridays). His extensive knowledge of music, and inimitable storytelling enable him to secure outstanding features for his radio shows and his unique interviewing style was recently recognised at the BBC Radio and Music Awards where he won Interview of the Year. Nihal is a Trustee of Home in Manchester and an Ambassador for the British Asian Trust.
Aasmah Mir co-presents Breakfast on Times Radio, which launched in June of 2020. Previously, she co-presented Saturday Live on Radio 4 for 6 years, and before that worked for Radio 5 Live, BBC Scotland and Scottish Television. She was born and brought up in Glasgow, studied law at Bristol University and moved to London in 1999. She has won two Sony Gold Awards for her radio work.
Louis is the youngest son of Gaby Rado, and retains a keen interest in human rights journalism across the globe. He currently works at an Executive Search firm in central London and is immensely proud to be judging this award for a third time.
Jon Snow joined ITN in 1976 reporting from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He served as Washington Correspondent 1983/1987; Diplomatic correspondent 1987/1989, and main anchor of Channel 4 News from 1989. He reported the fall of Idi Amin in Uganda; the Revolution in Iran; the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the release of Nelson Mandela; the Earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti; the elections of Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, and Hassan Rouhani’s victory in 2013; Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. In 2015, Jon was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship and in 2016 he accepted the BAFTA for news coverage of the Paris massacre. He has also won the Royal Television Society’s Presenter of the Year awards in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012; Journalist of the Year 2006 and the BAFTA award for best factual contribution to UK television in 2005. Jon has served on the Boards of Britain’s National Gallery, and Tate Gallery. He served for thirty years as Chairman of the New Horizon Youth Centre, a London day centre for homeless and vulnerable teenagers.
Bethan is a Middle East correspondent for the Guardian newspaper based in Istanbul and covering the wider region. She won the 2020 Gaby Radio Award for New Journalist for a series of dispatches from Yemen, including the discovery of UK-made missile parts and an investigation tracing the journey of a US-made bomb from the Yemeni family it hurt back to the factory it came from in Tennessee. She holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Oxford and previously worked at the Associated Press and The Independent.
Nadine White is a news reporter at HuffPost UK, covering current affairs, race and social justice. Nadine won this year’s Engine Mischief #30towatch Young Journalist Award in the Best COVID-19 Coverage Category and recently became the first Black reporter to be shortlisted for the prestigious Paul Foot Award in its history for her groundbreaking investigation into controversial church SPAC Nation and allegations of abuses therein. Her reporting was shortlisted for a 2018 Amnesty Media Award and before this, Nadine was a Hugh Cudlipp Journalism Prize finalist. Previously, she was a journalist at The Voice newspaper – Britain’s biggest Black publication.
Sahar is a multimedia reporter and presenter with extensive experience in long-form current affairs and documentaries, who has fronted a range of award-winning stories from across the world, for the BBC, Channel 4’s Unreported World and a number of other international broadcasters. Much of Sahar’s work has often been from within hostile environments, with a special focus on under-reported human-interest stories. Sahar strives for high-impact storytelling and has reported on a diverse range of topics from conflict and human rights abuses, to gender and mental health issues. She excels in exploring sensitive subjects with empathy, creativity and journalistic rigour.
Clive is a presenter/anchor and foreign affairs correspondent for the BBC. In a 30 year career he’s served as the BBC’s Africa, Asia, Washington and Europe Correspondent; reported on wars in the former Yugoslavia, East Timor, Liberia and the Palestine/Israeli conflict; been a prominent member of the BBC’s reporting/presenting team for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq; covered the administrations of 3 US Presidents, and reported on six US Presidential elections and co-anchored from Johannesburg, the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Awards include a Golden Nymph from the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Royal Television Society Award in 2018 for coverage of the Yemen conflict, a Peabody Award in 2017 for the BBC series ‘Plight of Rohingya Refugees’ and the David Bloom Award in 2019 for his reporting on the drug cartels of Mexico. He’s been nominated for a BAFTA, twice for an Emmy Award in the US, and twice for the Prix de Bayeaux for War Reporting. Clive has two Honorary Doctorates from the University of Staffordshire and his alma mater, the University of Sussex.
Andy investigates human rights violations, corruption and the costs of conflict for Channel 4 News. Recently he produced a series of investigative films forensically examining how the Syrian regime and its allies target civilians, medical personal, and hospitals in rebel held north west Syria. Closer to home he’s worked as part of the Channel 4 News’ investigations team uncovering the falsification of election expenses which resulted in the conviction of a Conservative Party official. Andy has also produced investigations in the UK and overseas on issues around corruption, the environment, and worker exploitation in well-known British businesses.
Zing is VICE UK Executive Editor and a journalist, podcaster and author. In 2018, Octopus published her four-book series Forgotten Women, which explores the untold stories of inspiring women who have been marginalised from history. She is also a presenter for VICE and has appeared on Woman’s Hour, the Victoria Derbyshire Show, and others.
Frankie is the Production Editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where her role is focused on improving the Bureau’s storytelling across all its investigations through copy-editing and commissioning photography, illustration, infographics and video. Previously she worked at The Times for five years as a sub-editor on the News, Law and Features sections, and for Trinity Mirror’s Ampp3d data project, producing fact checks and reporting on a wide range of subjects, including Mediterranean migration routes, oil prices and the European Union.
Tom is Controller of Current Affairs at ITV, responsible for commissioning a wide range of documentaries, and current affairs programmes including strands like Tonight and Exposure. These have included the Emmy award-winning films Saudi Arabia Uncovered and White Right: Meeting the Enemy as well as the 2018 Amnesty award winner, The Forgotten Children. Before joining ITV in 2015, he was at the BBC for over 20 years as a producer, director and Executive Producer including four years as editor of Panorama where he oversaw investigations including Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed about the treatment of patients at Winterbourne View Special Hospital and Fifa’s Dirty Secrets, broadcast three days before FIFA voted on whether England should stage the 2018 World Cup.
Seyi is a British TV Reporter with over a decade of experience working for Channel 4 on foreign affairs series ‘Unreported World’ and current affairs series ’Dispatches’. His ability to connect with people from all walks of life has given him a global following. His work has won 2 Foreign Press Association awards as well as a number of other award nominations. He is currently working with Parable Productions.
Sarah is an award-winning Executive Producer for BBC Current Affairs. After years of Directing films she became the Series Producer for the strand This World on BBC Two, overseeing more than 50 films and winning RTS, BAFTA and Amnesty awards. She is currently the Executive Producer for TV Current Affairs International strands This World and Our World.
Emma has been a commissioning editor, factual at Channel 5 since February 2013. Before joining Channel 5, she was director of commissioning at The Lifestyle Channels in Australia from 2010 to 2012. There Emma developed and managed key local productions as well as successfully translating a number of UK formats. Prior to that she worked as Channel 4 commissioning editor for features. Emma has also worked for ITV Productions, Children’s and Entertainment and BBC Entertainment and Features. In addition, she has worked in the indie sector as an executive producer on a wide range of UK productions.
Mark is Director of Autograph ABP and Principal Research Fellow: Decolonising Photography at University of the Arts London (UAL). Mark is also a renowned writer and curator. His many projects include The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto and critically acclaimed exhibitions on the works of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and on the works of Mahtab Hussain and Maud Sulter. His most recent book, Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time, was published in 2019 by Lawrence and Wishart.
Philip embarked on 30+ year career (& counting) working at Pacemaker in Belfast, then moved to London where he worked at the Daily Telegraph in the 1990’s, and then freelanced in New York from mid to late 90’s. Philip is now a staff photographer at the Daily Mirror based in London. He has covered the Genocide in Rwanda, Volcanic eruptions in Montserrat, Gulf War II, and dozens of ’embeds’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well numerous assignments including Hurricane Katrina. Philip was seriously injured whilst working in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when an I.E.D. blast hit the U.S. Marine M.R.A.P. in which he was travelling in January 2010. He lost his lower legs & broke his back, spending four months in hospital. He returned to work later that year and post injury jobs have included assignments in Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Ivory Coast, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia & Europe. Philip has been a Finalist for Photojournalist of the Year at the Press Gazette British Journalism awards in 2015, 2019 & 2020.
Sara Rumens is the Features Picture Editor at The Times, commissioning photographers internationally for the supplements within the newspaper and online since 2014. Her background is in magazine photography, working on various ‘glossies’ before joining the team that launched Grazia in 2003. Previously Sara spent seven years as editorial director at Magnum Photos following her early informative years in New York working on magazines such as Interview and Rolling Stone. Since first gaining her post graduate degree at LCC in Photojournalism, she now returns to lecture and conduct portfolio reviews there and a range of other courses including the Magnum Professional Practice Workshops. She has served as judge on several international competitions including Picture Editors Guild Awards, the Irish Press Awards and the PX3 Prix in Paris.
Claire is a freelance photojournalist and photographer from the UK whose work focuses on conflict, humanitarian and social issues. Between 2016 and 2019 Claire was based in northern Iraq covering the country’s efforts to defeat ISIS and recover from decades of conflict. Her work appears in leading newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, Geographical Magazine, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera. She also works regularly with UN agencies and international non-governmental organisations worldwide. Claire has documented a range of stories in recent years including the refugee crisis in Europe, non-violent resistance against the Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, and the war against ISIS in Iraq.
Tariq is a freelance photographer. He has worked in 21 countries across four continents, mainly in the developing world. His photography focuses on documenting social issues, inequality, traditions and endangered communities around the world. His work has been shown in over 80 international exhibitions and featured in many publications, including The Guardian, BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Smithsonian Magazine, Spiegel, Al Jazeera, Corriere della Sera, Sydney Morning Herald, El Pais and Times of London among other respected international titles. His book “Sapeurs: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo” was published in September 2020. Tariq won the Photojournalism Category in Amnesty Media Awards 2020 for his work on El Salvador.
Dippy is a multi-award-winning editor who helped launch BBC England’s current affairs series Inside Out. During her time as editor on the series she has overseen a range of documentaries and high-profile investigations, winning four CIRCOM European awards and two RTS awards. Before becoming editor at BBC London, she was an assistant editor on special documentaries and began her career as a producer on the political magazine programme On the Record.
Gail was Editor of the Belfast Telegraph from 2015, and in 2020 became Editor-at-Large. She joined the newspaper as a graduate trainee and during her career as a news and features writer has reported extensively on the Troubles, the peace process and its outworking. A member of the Society of Editors, she has written a weekly column for 15 years and recently contributed to the book Reporting the Troubles: Journalists tell their stories of the Northern Ireland conflict.
Julian is a Commissioning Editor at BBC Wales and recent credits include “Gareth Thomas: HIV and Me” for BBC One, “Geraint Thomas the Road Will Decide” and “Back In Time for the Factory” for BBC2. A former print journalist and an award winning television and radio producer, he has worked on a wide range of programmes from comedy to drama, news and sport, specialist factual to natural history.
Rachel is one of the founders of Scottish investigative journalism platform The Ferret and is part of the Bureau Local team of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Based in Edinburgh, she has worked as an investigative journalist, as a community organiser and in journalism engagement for almost twenty years. She designed and delivered the New Models of Journalism Course in Scotland for the NUJ, as well as running the Change the Story project for Bureau Local looking at reimagining the future of local news.
Anushka is the Guardian’s editor-at-large and hosts it’s award-winning daily podcast, Today in Focus. She previously worked for over a decade covering politics, including as political editor at the Guardian, senior political correspondent at Sky News and chief political correspondent at the Times. She has also covered education and health.
Dan is Assistant Editor at The Mail on Sunday. He has a background in campaigning and investigative journalism, having previously worked at the Daily Mail as Money Mail Editor and at The Telegraph, where he was Consumer Affairs Editor.
Joseph is the Africa editor of the BBC News website, where he has worked since 2001. Before then, he spent six years reporting for the BBC World Service – in Zimbabwe, until he was expelled by Robert Mugabe’s government, and Senegal. He has also reported on many other stories across the continent, such as the difficult question of how to end slavery in Mauritania, retracing the epic journey of a migrant from a village in Guinea to a hostel in Italy and the walking nail-varnishers of Kinshasa. His passion is bringing the stories of ordinary people to life, to help those outside the continent see behind the headlines, and break down the stereotypes.
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Toby is Deputy News Editor at the BBC and former Head of Home News at ITV News. He has worked in network news since 1999 producing home and foreign stories. Most recently he’s been responsible for managing coverage across BBC News. Under his leadership ITV News won a BAFTA in 2011 for its coverage of the Cumbria shootings and won the RTS News Coverage Home Award for coverage of the Jimmy Savile story.
Ben began his journalism career on the Staines and Ashford News as an intern. He joined Sky News in 1994 and went on to become foreign producer based in London and then Johannesburg as Africa editor. In 2005 he joined Channel 4 News as foreign producer, became foreign editor 2008 and was appointed editor in August 2012. This year Ben managed the programme’s coverage of the coronavirus crisis. Covid-19 has provided unprecedented disruption to the TV news industry and Ben has described how the virus ‘has rewritten the rules of what we do and how we do it’. He has also overseen the programme’s coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal, Election Expenses investigation, Inside Aleppo and the London and Paris massacres. Ben has won numerous Royal Television Society awards, including consecutive News Programme of the Year, multiple BAFTAs, International Emmy awards, Amnesty awards, FPA awards and online media awards. For two consecutive years, Channel 4 News won one of the world’s most prestigious journalism awards – a Peabody – for their undercover investigation into Cambridge Analytica and For Sama. Ben is the executive producer of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary For Sama – an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war – which was released in theatres in the UK and broadcast on Channel 4 in 2019. For Sama has won over 70 industry awards.
Alex is Special correspondent for Sky News, and during her 30 year career has been arrested, detained, abducted, interrogated and faced live bullets, tear-gas, IEDs, and mortar shells. Currently based in Istanbul, she reports on major stories around the world. Formerly based in Dubai, Delhi and Johannesburg, Alex has reported on events in Africa, South Asia, the Gulf and the Middle East including covering the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Syria. Alex was the first correspondent to independently access Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and get first-hand evidence of what the UN called ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Rohingya. Her team’s work is currently being used in the International Criminal Court case against the Myanmar authorities. She was the first reporter to broadcast live from Tripoli’s Green Square as rebel forces took over the Libyan capital. She has won numerous awards including 3 International Emmy’s (for Rise of the Taliban; the Migration crisis and the Rohingya massacre) and 3 BAFTAs (for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa; the Migration crisis and most recently the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests). She is an unprecedented 5 times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award. Alex was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her fearless journalism.
Charlene is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years experience in the industry. She’s worked in the UK and abroad – in both print and broadcasting. She began as a feature writer for the New York Post, then as a trainee producer for ITV Meridian. She then moved to the BBC to begin her broadcasting career at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra as a reporter and presenter. She later landed her own show on BBC London 94.9, presented for the BBC News Channel, BBC Five Live, and BBC Three. At ITV she’s lead presenter of ITV News London, and a regular presenter of Evening News. She’s also the first black woman to present ITV News At Ten. She’s presented several documentaries for the “Tonight” and “On Assignment” strands. She was also part of the presenting team for the ITV’s 2018 Royal Wedding programme. She recently joined the Loose Women team as an occasional host. She also regularly writes for publications including The Guardian and the Daily Mail. She’s a mentor to aspiring journalists, and works with various organisations to achieve better representation of women and minorities in the industry.
Charlie is a journalist, editor, features writer, columnist and creative with focuses on race, lifestyle, travel, media, youth culture and social politics. She is the head of editorial at gal-dem, a writer and former editor at Dazed and a Guardian freelancer. She has written columns for the Observer, ipaper and Metro and freelances for a variety of publications. She is also editor of the book Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children, a leading new exploration of the Windrush generation featuring David Lammy, Lenny Henry, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Hannah Lowe, Jamz Supernova, Natasha Gordon and Rikki Beadle-Blair. Charlie is also an experienced panellist and speaker on radio/TV, Scott Trust Bursary alumnus and winner of the 2017 Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism.
Josie began her career at The Daily Star in Beirut before joining the Telegraph’s graduate scheme in 2010. She started as a Sunday Home News reporter before moving to the Foreign Desk, taking up the position of deputy foreign editor. She has had postings in San Francisco, Beirut and latterly New York. She covered on the rise and fall of the Islamic State as the paper’s Middle East correspondent, for which she won the Marie Colvin Award 2019. In her role as US correspondent, she has reported on the coronavirus outbreak, racial justice protests, and most recently the 2020 election. Josie was the winner of the 2020 Amnesty Media Award for Features.
Alice is deputy editor of FT Weekend and editor of FT Weekend Magazine since 2015. Under her tenure, the magazine has won best supplement of the year at the British Press Awards as well as various other prizes. In March, she will become the new Opinion and Analysis editor at the FT.
Homa Khaleeli is a deputy features editor at the Guardian. She was formerly a staff feature writer at the paper, writing on everything from counter-terrorism to superfans and her articles have been included in the anthologies Women of the Revolution: 40 years of feminism, and The Bedside Guardian.
Theresa is head of visuals at the Guardian. Her team delivers high quality digital journalism through data visualisations, interactives, graphics and innovative storytelling formats. Theresa joined the Guardian in 2006 and has worked on the opinion, arts and news desks in the London and Washington DC offices.
Karenina is an award-winning journalist, currently a producer/reporter for the BBC, who has worked extensively on investigations which have lately focused on exposing human rights abuses. She is a specialist in digital journalism, having worked on a variety of projects that have explored innovative formats of storytelling to engage with audiences. Karenina’s work has also focused on understanding digital trends and analytics, in order to determine what type of content resonates with users, how different platforms require bespoke content and best promotion strategies with the aim of reaching more people. Karenina produced last year’s winning entry, El Helicoide, for the BBC.
Joe is an experienced digital media and video strategist having reimagined production processes commercially and editorially at a number of media publications and agencies. He is currently Head of Video at the Press Association.
Kiran Moodley is a digital reporter at Channel 4 News. Prior to that, he had stints at PBS NewsHour, GQ, CNBC and The Independent.
Richard Moynihan is Head of Digital Journalism at The Telegraph. He oversees the creation of bespoke editorial content that sits outside of traditional article templates. This includes interactives, new visual storytelling formats, data journalism, long reads and journalistic tools.
Stuart is Professor and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, UK. Much of his research concerns the evolving ecologies of war, conflict and crisis journalism, including projects focusing on the visual reportage of ordinary citizens prepared to bear witness to human rights abuses. He is currently writing a book on the history of war photography, as well as one about visual citizenship.
George is the Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times’s Insight Investigations Team. He recently exposed that thousands of infected patients were left to die outside hospitals and intensive care during the coronavirus crisis as part of efforts to stop the NHS being over-run. In 2020 he also exposed a war crimes scandal involving Britain’s Special Air Service in Afghanistan. Previously his two-year investigative campaign into human trafficking in the UK was praised by Prime Minister Theresa May and helped shape Britain’s Modern Slavery Bill, the first anti-slavery law in the UK since the 19th century. The work also led to him being shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist.
Jemma is Social Affairs Correspondent at PA Media, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency. She covers a range of issues including social care, homelessness, discrimination, poverty and mental health. In 2018 she visited Bangladesh to report on the plight of the Rohingya refugees, and she covered the closure of the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp in 2016. She also reviews books and writes travel features.
Simi is a journalist at the BBC where she presents radio bulletins and creates video and written content. She has previously worked as a regional reporter for the BBC and producer for ITV News. She is passionate about telling human stories from underrepresented communities. In 2018, Simi won the Amnesty International Media Award in the Student Journalist category for her documentary reporting on sexual rights issues in South Africa. Simi champions student journalism and currently runs the We Are Black Journos’ mentoring scheme.
Kenneth is an award-winning Peruvian journalist with experience in multimedia cross-platform reporting, research, and social media. He worked for more than a year as a broadcast intern at KMTV, a local TV station based in Kent. He received three national awards in 2020 for his in-depth investigation on Venezuelan immigration in Peru, including the prestigious Amnesty Media Award given out by Amnesty International UK. He currently hosts a podcast called “Segundo Plano”. He is a graduate of the University of Kent and is studying for a master’s degree in Latin American Politics at UCL.