Last night, we announced the winners of MHP 30 to Watch 2014, our annual recognition of up and coming media talent.
The awards were held high above the streets of London at the Paramount bar on the top floors of the west end skyscraper Centre Point. This year the event was hosted by Sophy Ridge, Sky News’s political correspondent, and Ian Kirby, MHP’s head of media.
Sadly, there are too few champions of the UK media industry – and particularly of the contribution of young journalists, but these awards are testament to the impact young journalist are having on the media landscape and further afield. Once again, we were highly impressed by the quality of the journalists nominated and had an incredibly strong long-list that the judges had to deliberate long and hard over to whittle down to choose the MHP 30 to Watch.
A number of senior journalists contributed to the selection process as ‘Gold Award’ judges – selecting a handful of young journalists whose work is deemed to go above and beyond the industry standard.
Amongst bowls of sausage and mash and fish and chips, special Gold Awards were awarded to Memphis Barker, reporter at The Independent, Neil Maidment, Breaking Company News reporter at Reuters, Lily Russo, shopping editor at Grazia, Nick Stylianou, producer at Sky News and Jim Waterson, political editor at Buzzfeed UK.
The 30 to Watch judges were: Emily Ashton (Whitehall correspondent at The Sun and former 30 To Watch winner); Peter Campbell (City reporter at Daily Mail and former 30 To Watch winner); Gay Collins (Executive Chairman, MHP); Brian Groom (UK Business and Employment Editor at Financial Times); Tami Hoffman (Interviews editor at Sky News); Ian Kirby (Head of Media, MHP); Sophy Ridge (Political Correspondent at Sky News) and myself.
Making up the rest of the MHP 30 to Watch 2014 were:
Gemma Aldridge, Sunday Mirror – Features Reporter
Joanna Bourke, Estates Gazette – News reporter
Thomas Bridge, Local Government News – Deputy Editor
Rebecca Clancy, Daily Telegraph – Online Business Reporter
Chloe Culpan, Sky News Radio – Freelance news and sports journalist
Tom Edwards, The Sun – Online reporter
Boudicca Fox-Leonard, Daily Mirror – Assistant Features editor
Jenny Francis, The Sun – Sun Woman writer
Kate Hodge, Guardian Professional Networks – Senior Content Coordinator
Kat Lay, The People – Freelance journalist
James Leyfield, Bang Showbiz – Showbiz reporter
Ajay Makan, Financial Times – Oil and gas correspondent
Jenny Manning, The Sun – TV reporter
Lara O’Reilly, Marketing Week – News reporter
Lizzie Pook, STYLIST – Features writer
Darragh Riordan, Real Deals – Reporter
James Robertson, Mirror Online – Senior Showbiz reporter
Duncan Robinson, Financial Times – Reporter (companies desk)
Samira Shackle – Freelance
Chris Smyth, The Times – Health Correspondent
Tommy Stubbington – Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal (Europe Edition) – Reporter
Sarah Tooze, Fleet News – Senior Features writer
Rhiannon Williams, Daily Telegraph – Editorial trainee, recently promoted to Tech reporter
Jessica Winch, Daily Telegraph – Personal Finance reporte
Saranne Woodcroft, Vogue UK – Fashion assistant