News (written word)

George Arbuthnot

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

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

Olivia Alabaster 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.

News (broadcast – TV, radio or online audio/film)

Ronke Phillips

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.

Jonathan Rugman

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.

Sarah Sands, Editor, 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.


Cait FitzSimons

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

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

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.

Other Confirmed Judges for this Cateogry: Mirium Wells, TBIJ


Confirmed Judges for this Cateogry: Anna Silverman, Grazia and Nosheen Iqbal, The Observer

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

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.

Other Confirmed Judges for this Cateogry: Nawal Al-Maghafi, BBC News and Caroline Hawley

Radio & Podcasts

Felicity Finch

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’.

Other Confirmed Judges for this Cateogry: Nick Rotherham, BBC Radio 1/1 Xtra


Phil Coomes

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

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

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.

Other Confirmed Judges for this Cateogry: Liz Jobey, FT Weekend Magazine

Student Journalist

Aimee Meade

Aimee is the Communities Editor at 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

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.

Tina Moran

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

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.

Regional Media

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

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

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, 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.


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

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

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.

Other Confirmed Judges for this Cateogry: Sirin Kale, Broadly@Vice and Sam Joiner

The Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist

Liliane Landor

Liliane Landor 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.

Other Confirmed Judges for this Cateogry: Paul Waugh, Huff Post and Louis Rado


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