News (written word)
George Arbuthnot, The Sunday Times
George is the Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times’s Insight Investigations Team. He was recently involved in exposing the global doping scandal in athletics, uncovering the evidence that led to a criminal inquiry into Jose Mourinho’s tax affairs and exposing alleged war crimes committed by Britain’s Special Air Service in Afghanistan. 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.
Emily Retter, The Daily Mirror
Emily is the Daily Mirror’s Senior Feature Writer. Since joining the paper in 2013 she has reported on injustices here and abroad, travelling throughout the Middle East to highlight the ongoing refugee crises, and focussing on topics including teen brides, child labour, lone child refugees and the struggle of the Yazidi people. She brought the famine crisis in north east Nigeria to the attention of tabloid readers, interviewed former captives of Boko Haram, and survivors of the Ebola crisis. While here in the UK, she has highlighted damning issues facing our own communities, including homelessness and social care for the elderly.
Olivia Alabaster, The Independent
Olivia is the International Editor at The Independent. She previously worked as a news editor at Middle East Eye, and was before that based in Lebanon, where she worked as a journalist for The Daily Star before going freelance. She completed an MA in Newspaper Journalism at City University.
Claire Newell, The Telegraph
Claire is the investigations editor at the Telegraph. Since joining in 2011, she has exposed corruption and greed in English football, Britain’s own #MeToo scandal and politicians for ‘cash for access’. Claire and her team won the Digital Scoop of the Year at the 2017 Press Awards.
News (broadcast – TV, radio or online audio/film)
Ronke Phillips, ITV
Ronke is currently Senior Correspondent at ITV London working on big investigations and breaking stories including the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Victoria Climbie, the July 7th bombings of London, the murder of Lee Rigby, the recent terrorist attacks at London & Westminster bridges and the Grenfell Tower Fire. Her career as a journalist includes stints in print, radio and television, as a presenter and reporter in both national and regional media, in the UK and abroad. Ronke was awarded an RTS for her programme following the verdicts in the first Damilola Taylor trial and won 4 different awards for her 10 year investigation into the Torso in the Thames murder – including an Amnesty International and a WFTV award. She has a second Amnesty International Regions and Nations Award for a film about children accused of being witches in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sarah Sands, The Today Programme
Sarah is currently the Editor of the Today Programme. She was appointed Deputy Editor of the London Evening Standard in 2009 and became its Editor from 2012-2017. She was appointed the first female Editor of The Sunday Telegraph in 2005. In 2006 she worked as Consultant Editor on the Daily Mail and in 2008, she became Editor-in-Chief of the UK edition of Reader’s Digest. Sarah trained on The Sevenoaks Courier as a news reporter, before moving to the Evening Standard – initially as Editor of the Londoner’s Diary – and took further posts as Features Editor and Associate Editor. She joined the Daily Telegraph in 1996 as Deputy Editor to assume responsibility later for the Saturday edition.
Peter Diapre, Sky News
Peter is an Assistant Editor at Sky News in the digital department. He currently overseas video production for app, website and social media, but worked on the news channel for 14 years, covering breaking news as a programme editor and production journalist. He also worked at Westminster and produced political programmes for Sky News and Channel 5. Prior to Sky News, he worked for BBC South.
Nevine Mabro, Channel 4 News
Nevine is the deputy editor of Channel 4 News. Before that, she was in charge of Channel 4 News’ award winning foreign coverage – commissioning reports from Afghanistan, Mosul, Haiti and Mexico among others, along with finding and nurturing new talent on screen and off. She was the executive producer of three International News Emmy’s for Syrian coverage during this period – 2012 Horror or Homs, 2013 Agony in Aleppo and 2016 Battle for Aleppo. Her extraordinary reports and digital shorts went viral on C4 News’ website and have been viewed more than 500 million times around the world.
Cait FitzSimons, 5 News
Cait became Editor of 5 News in February 2018. Before that, as Deputy Editor she planned coverage for a general election and two referendums. She began her career at 5 News in 1997 but has also worked for Sky News and ITV News. As well as programme editing across ITV News output, Cait was the Assistant Programme Editor for ITV’s coverage of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the channel’s Election 2010 programme. She’s also spent time on the road – working on Sky News’ coverage of the Asian Tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II and stories closer to home.
Sue Turton, Channel 4 – Unreported World
Sue was appointed the current Series Editor for Channel 4’s Unreported World after spending the last three years making documentaries in Afghanistan, the Philippines (award-winning), Indonesia and on the ISIS complex attack on Paris. Sue has worked as a reporter and news anchor for 28 years, breaking exclusive stories, dodging gunfire and is still on the run from the Egyptian authorities after being wrongly convicted of terrorism there. She joined Al Jazeera English as Afghanistan Correspondent before covering the Arab Uprisings as a roving war correspondent reporting on the Libyan revolution from beginning to end and the Syrian war with missions alongside Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra. She went on to report extensively from Iraq as the coalition took on ISIS and has covered events in the Lebanon, Russia, Israel, Gaza, South Africa and Europe. Sue began her career at Sky News but worked at Channel 4 News for twelve years with veteran anchor Jon Snow where she won two RTS awards for her exclusive on Olympic corruption in Salt Lake City and her investigation into racism in South African rugby.
Toby Castle, BBC
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.
Miriam Wells, TBIJ
Miriam is an editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a non-profit which carries out public interest investigations. She is a journalist with more than a decade’s experience in print, radio, television and online journalism, with a consistent focus on human rights. As a trainee reporter she ran a local newspaper campaign for a Guantanamo Bay detainee which was shortlisted for an Amnesty award; she went on to work for Human Rights Watch before moving to Latin America to spend three years as a freelance foreign correspondent. Working for outlets including the New York Times, Sunday Times and Foreign Policy she covered issues such as police brutality, illegal abortion and labour trafficking.
Lucy Pasha-Robinson, Huffington Post
Lucy is an award-winning reporter and editor. In her current role as Deputy Blogs Editor at HuffPost UK, she commissions comment, opinion and first-person experience from a roster of diverse voices. Previously, she was part of a core team of staff reporters at The Independent. She has a strong interest in social affairs and inequality, which led to her being appointed the lead reporter on the Grenfell Tower fire. She also covered national news, foreign affairs and international politics, including the Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s election and the French election race in 2017.
Anna Silverman, Grazia
Anna is the Deputy Features Editor at Grazia magazine where she writes, commissions and edits hard news and real life stories. Since joining Grazia she has travelled to West Virginia to cover the opioid epidemic, travelled to Bangladesh to report on the Rohingya crisis and gone undercover to investigate the Sex for Rent scandal, among many other stories. She’s landed a number of scoops – including her world exclusive interview with the best friend of Yulia Skripal, the Russian spy’s daughter who was poisoned by a nerve agent. Her exclusive interview with Jeremy Corbyn last year was picked up by every national news organisation. In 2017, she was shortlisted for best new magazine journalist at the PPA awards. Before that, she cut her teeth as a local reporter on the Newham Recorder and Barking and Dagenham Post, covering murder trials and local politics.
Nosheen Iqbal, The Observer
Nosheen is a reporter and features writer at the Observer. Before that, she was women’s editor of the Guardian and features commissioning editor on g2. She managed the paper’s key profile interviews and writers including Decca Aitkenhead, Hadley Freeman, Emma Brockes, and Simon Hattenstone. She has also worked as The Guardian’s Culture Editor, TV and Radio editor and as deputy editor of The Guide.
Emma Gatten, The Daily Telegraph
Emma is the acting foreign editor of the Daily Telegraph. Before joining the paper, she worked at the Independent and in Beirut as a freelance reporter. She has covered the migrant crisis across the Middle East and Europe, reporting from the Greek island of Moria in the days after the EU-Turkey ‘dirty deal’ was struck.
Sharon Lougher, The Metro
Sharon has worked for Metro’s features desk since 2004 and is currently Head of Features. In that time she has attempted to put readers in the room with everyone who’s anyone today – from Charlie Sheen and Ricky Gervais to two serving UK prime ministers to the then richest man in the world, Bill Gates. During the last two UK general elections, she’s interviewed every major party leader to make their policies and personality more accessible to a wide-ranging audience – Metro, which prides itself on its lack of political neutrality while remaining robust and informative, was the only newspaper to do so. Metro is now Britain’s largest national weekday newspaper, with 3.2million daily readers. Before Metro, Sharon worked at Time Out, as a journalist and editor across its magazine and travel and consumer guides.
Documentaries (TV & Film)
Fran Baker, Blakeway North
Fran has spent over two decades making award winning documentaries for the UK’s major terrestrial broadcasters, including the first 11 years spent in-house at the BBC. As Exec Producer at Blakeway North for the last 3 years, Fran has built a mixed slate of reputational docs and current affairs programmes, looking after a number of one-off documentaries and series, including Manchester Bomb: Our Story, The Voices in my Head, and episodes of Stacey Dooley Investigates and Panorama. Fran draws on a wide experience of documentary film-making – from intimate obs docs to presenter-led journeys, drama docs to investigative current affairs and is an experienced hand with complex Editorial Policy and Legal issues.
Chris Shaw, ITN Productions
Chris is Creative Director of ITN Productions TV Division which he ran from January 2011 to March 2018. Before that he was Senior Commissioning Editor responsible for news and factual programmes at Channel 5 for a decade from 2001. His early career in the 80’s and 90’s was in News and Current Affairs production. He worked as Foreign and Home News Editor on Channel 4 News, was the Programme Editor of News at Ten with Trevor MacDonald and also devised and launched the original Channel 5 News with Kirsty Young. Chris’ work in the past 5 years has won a BAFTA, 2 EMMY’s, 3 RTS awards and an Oscar nomination. His output ranges from current affairs to popular factual and specialist documentaries.
Nawal Al-Maghafi, BBC News
Nawal is an Award winning BBC Correspondent, reporting on the Middle East since 2012. Over the past three years, she has been one of the few journalists conducting firsthand reporting of the ongoing conflict in Yemen; travelling extensively throughout the country, both in areas under Houthi rebel and government control. Her reporting has documented the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the bombing, starvation and spread of disease across Yemen. Her investigation into a 2015 attack on a Yemeni funeral – the deadliest of the conflict so far – provided key evidence in the case against weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by the US and UK. She has travelled across the Middle East to investigate how Mass Surveillance technology sold by BAE systems was being used by repressive Gulf states to monitor and stifle dissent by local human rights activists. Her reporting has also uncovered the complicity of the Egyptian army in the booming trade in organ trafficking across North Africa.
Nick Springate, BBC
Nick is currently the BBC’s Senior Foreign Affairs Journalist. He has produced, reported and led it’s coverage in over 80 countries. For more than 20 years, under Nick’s journalistic leadership, BBC News has won a number of awards including an Emmy for Europe’s refugee crisis, and three RTS Journalism Awards for Serbia’s Revolution, the Zimbabwe farm invasions, and, The Fall of Kabul. This also won the BBCs first International Emmy. BAFTA nominations include Fight for East Timor. His team won for The Road to Kosovo. He led the undercover reporting from Burma, securing Aung San Suu Kyi’s first interview after her release. Amnesty Award shortlisted entries include Libya’s Forgotten People, Burma’s Saffron Revolution, and Nujeen Mustaffa: One Girls Journey. Nick is the only BBC journalist to win a Rory Peck Award for his support and mentoring of freelance staff. He has worked with the most talented journalists and fixers in the television news industry.
Radio & Podcasts
Felicity Finch, BBC
Felicity has been playing the character of Ruth in the radio drama The Archers for 30 years. She also makes radio documentaries and features for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Her programme making has taken her to Rwanda several times covering 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, Albania, Cambodia as well as back to Rwanda. Felicity has trained actors and directors in Afghanistan, including the team which makes the Afghan radio soap ‘New Home New Life’.
Nick Rotherham, BBC Radio 1/1 Xtra
Nick Rotherham is a senior reporter for the BBC’s new voice recognition team. He’s currently working across several podcasts for the organisation after taking a break from being Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s politics reporter. Nick is also chair of BBC News’ Under 30s panel.
Sirin Kale, VICE
Sirin is an associate editor at VICE’s international women’s website, Broadly. Sirin has a special interest in women’s rights, culture, politics, and arts. In 2018, she launched Unfollow Me, a campaign dedicated to amplifying the voices of stalking and domestic abuse survivors. In addition to her work at Broadly, she has written for the Guardian, Observer Magazine, Evening Standard Magazine, Marie Claire, ELLE, Time Out and Wired.
Jonathan Rugman, Channel 4 News
Jonathan has been Foreign Affairs Correspondent of Channel 4 News since 2006. His journalism has won more than ten awards, including a BAFTA for coverage of the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. He was previously based in Washington, Ankara and Istanbul, where he wrote ‘Ataturk’s Children – Turkey and the Kurds’. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, The Observer and the BBC. He is currently writing a book on the murder of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
Phil Coomes, BBC
Phil is the BBC’s Picture Editor and photographer. He works closely with the online team for BBC News to produce stories and slideshows from around the United Kingdom and abroad. His work has taken him to a number of countries including the Falkland Islands and warzones in Lebanon. Coomes’ recent work has included a mental health project, a glance into the world of people who are up and about at 4am and a youth series focused on social issues and politics.
Paul Conroy, Freelance
Paul is a photojournalist and documentary maker, who began his career in the military. He has worked in warzones all over the world, taking photographs and making films for the BBC, Sky TV and the Sunday Times, amongst others. Conroy was one of the first journalists to enter Libya when the uprising there began in 2011, and his talents meant he was soon teamed with the Sunday Times’ Marie Colvin, hailed as the greatest war reporter of his generation. The pair smuggled themselves into the besieged city of Misrata at a time when most of the foreign press corps had decided it was too dangerous to stay. They ended up covering the brutal shelling of the city for two months, longer than any other journalist team. He spent the next six months working in Libya with Colvin, before working together again in Syria in early 2012 to report on the atrocities being committed. It was to be the pair’s last assignment together. Colvin was killed in a rocket attack in Homs, Syria in February 2012.
Claire Thomas, Freelance
Claire is a freelance photojournalist focusing on conflict, humanitarian and cultural issues. Since 2016 she has been based in northern Iraq covering the country’s struggle to rid itself of ISIS and recover from decades of conflict. Her work has appeared in leading newspapers, magazines and photo agencies around the world including the The Sunday Times, National Geographic Magazine, The Guardian and Geographical Magazine.
Liz Jobey, FT Weekend Magazine
Liz is a writer and editor. She has formerly worked in national newspapers and was the editor of the Independent on Sunday Review and literary editor of the Guardian. Between 1994 and 1998 she was Associate Editor at Scalo, the photographic publishers, based in Zurich. Between 1998 and 2009 she was Deputy Editor and subsequently Associate Editor of Granta, the literary magazine. Since 2010 she has been an Associate editor at the Financial Times Weekend Magazine. She also works as a freelance writer and editor, principally working on photographic books. She has been a trustee of the John Kobal Foundation since 1993.
Aimee Meade, Metro.co.uk
Aimee is the Communities Editor at Metro.co.uk where she heads up the team looking after ‘Platform’ – the opinion, comment, first-person and analysis section. Previously she was HuffPost UK’s Deputy Blogs Editor, where she grew the publication’s news commentary and launched and curated the flagship series Life Less Ordinary. Aimee has also worked at the Independent and was editor of the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network – a section dedicated to charities.
Megha Mohan, BBC
Megha has been appointed as the BBC’s first Gender and Identity correspondent. Her reporting has focused on digital subcultures and global issues with a focus on women and LGBT+ communities. Her reports have included: ‘Rape and no periods in North Korea’s army’ (which was one of the most read articles globally in 2017), ‘The secret memes of lesbians in East Africa’, ‘The women in the UK who can not report abuse’. She has also spoken publicly about women in journalism and regularly features on BBC News TV, the World Service and Radio 4.
With 36 years of newspaper experience under her belt, Tina recently started a new career as a lecturer and trainer in journalism and is currently Training Manager at Press Association for the National Council for the Training of Journalists course. She began her journalistic career as a teenager on the Bristol Evening Post. From there she went to London, where her Fleet Street career included staff jobs on a number of national papers including the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Sunday Mirror and Daily Express. Her roles have ranged from news reporter, sub editor, Features and Women’s editor, Executive editor and Deputy Group Director of digital content.
Kirstie O’Mahoney, BBC
Kirstie is a Researcher at the BBC, and a co-director of the student-founded Women in Media Conference. She is also training for an NCTJ qualification with News Associates part-time in Manchester. She is a huge believer in the power of student journalism, having been the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Manchester’s student publication, The Mancunion.
Toby Granville, Newsquest
Toby has been the Editorial Director at Newsquest – the second largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK – since February 2015. Toby began his career in 1990 at the Sunday People. He gained his first editorship at the age of 26 at The Wharf which won Newspaper of the Year under his leadership. Since joining Newsquest in 2002 Toby has edited a number of its award-winning daily titles such as the Dorset Echo and Bournemouth Daily Echo and was named Editor of the Year in 2011. In his current role Toby is leading the transformation of Newsquest’s editorial departments into multimedia newsrooms publishing nearly 200 local and regional news brands across the country.
James Stewart, BBC
James is the Editor responsible for the BBC’s local and regional coverage of campaigns, projects, partnerships and big moments in England. It’s a wide ranging brief that includes Children In Need, Comic Relief, national anniversaries & BBC Music Day – as well as locally driven editorial like Living with Dementia or Love Later in Life. Based in London’s NBJH Newsroom, he’s also the BBC lead on The Listening Project which sees authentic real life conversations broadcast locally, online and on BBC Radio Four – and then archived in The British Library.
Matthew Barraclough, BBC
Matthew has been a BBC journalist since 1995, working mainly in the North East of England in a number of roles including reporter, programme producer and eventually Editor of BBC Tees, the local radio station in Middlesbrough. In the time before bbc.co.uk, Matthew went on to writing and subbing Ceefax news pages and in the early days of the internet he ran one of the BBC’s mobile cyber cafes – promoting digital literacy, gathering stories and making radio shows all over Tyneside, Wearside and Northumberland. In the summer of 2014 he was asked to organise a conference on behalf of the new Director of BBC News to bring all parts of the local news sector together for the first time. This led to a Working Group which Matthew joined full time in November 2015 and which developed the ideas which eventually became the Local News Partnerships. Matthew believes passionately in the value of local journalism: stories that have direct impact on the daily life of the audience, told by people who are themselves part of the same community. Some challenges are too big to face alone, so his current work is bringing all parts of the local news media together around a common mission to sustain reporting on local authorities across the UK.
Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph
Gail has been Editor of the Belfast Telegraph since 2015. 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.
Mustafa Khalili, BBC
Mustafa is currently Digital Documentaries Editor at the BBC. Previously he was Deputy Global Head of Video & Audio at the Guardian. He is a multi-award filmmaker and photographer with close to 20 years experience in an ever changing media landscape. A cross-platform story teller with extensive hands on experience in producing award winning documentary films and videos.
Shehani Fernando, Freelance
Shehani is a freelance director of VR experiences. Her recent VR work for The Guardian includes ‘Celestial Motion: a virtual dance experience’, ‘Limbo: a virtual experience of seeking asylum’, and ‘The Party’, a 360 film seen through the eyes of an autistic teenager. Previously, she worked for the BBC and independent TV companies in both news and documentaries.
Sam Joiner, The Times & The Sunday Times
Sam is the interactive and new formats editor of The Times and The Sunday Times. From charts and maps for daily news articles to the coverage of major events, Sam’s team focus on ensuring readers get the most from their digital subscriptions, adding value to stories and bringing ideas to life online. Sam is a graduate from the University of Bristol where he studied History. He has previously worked for the Guardian and Microsoft.
Mohit Bakaya, BBC Radio 4
Mohit is Commissioning Editor, Factual, at Radio 4. He takes lead responsibility for current affairs, politics, history, science, natural history and religion on Radio 4. He joined the BBC as a production trainee and worked on the Radio 4’s arts programme, Front Row, before becoming editor of Night Waves on Radio 3. He has also produced many documentaries for Radio 4 and Radio 3. When he manages to escape the clutches of the BBC, Mohit enjoys cooking, and is on a mission to cook the perfect beef consommé….so far without success.
The Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist
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 the second time.
Eleanor McDowall, Falling Tree Productions
Eleanor is one of the Directors of Falling Tree productions and the series producer of BBC Radio 4’s Short Cuts, in her spare time she runs Radio Atlas – a home for subtitled audio from around the world.
Liliane Landor, Channel 4 News
Liliane is head of foreign news at Channel4 News. Before joining C4N she was Controller of all the language services in BBC News – editorially and managerially responsible for 28 language services on radio, TV and Online and 1400 staff in England and internationally. She is part-Arab and part-Cuban, born in Lebanon, educated in France and Switzerland. She speaks five languages.
Paul Waugh, HuffPost
Paul is Executive Editor, Politics, for HuffPost UK. A former Editor of PoliticsHome and deputy political editor of the Independent and Evening Standard, he has worked in Parliament for more than 20 years. His daily WaughZone blog is read in No.10, Labour HQ and across Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.