MHP Communications reveals MHP 30 To Watch 2015 winners

By Gavin Devine

Last night, we announced the winners of MHP 30 to Watch 2015, our annual recognition of up and coming media talent.

The awards were held at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). This year the event was hosted by Emily Ashton, Senior political correspondent BuzzFeed and Peter Campbell, City reporter at Daily Mail – both former 30 To Watch winners.

There are too few champions of the UK media industry – and particularly of the contribution of young journalists, but these awards are evidence of the impact young journalist are having on the changing media landscape. This year, the nominations were particularly strong and we have been highly impressed by the quality of the journalists longlisted which 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.

Special Gold Awards were awarded to Annabelle Dixon, (Eastern Daily Press), Vincent Mcaviney, (ITV), Radhika Sanghani (Daily Telegraph), Oliver Smith (The Memo) and John Stevens (Daily Mail). The award for Young Campaigning Journalist of the Year was awarded to Paris Lees (VICE).

The 30 to Watch judges were: Emily Ashton (senior political correspondent BuzzFeed and former 30 To Watch winner); Peter Campbell (City reporter at Daily Mail and former 30 To Watch winner); Tami Hoffman (Interviews editor at Sky News); Ian Kirby (Head of Media, MHP); Sophy Ridge (Political Correspondent at Sky News) and myself, with help from Brian Groom (previously UK Business and Employment Editor at Financial Times) and Josh Halliday (Home News Reporter, the Guardian);

Making up the rest of the MHP 30 to Watch 2015 were:

Niamh Anderson, The Sun on Sunday – Features Writer

Chris Berkin, Estates Gazette – Senior Reporter

Daniel Binns, Metro UK – Reporter

Ellie Broughton, Pulse – Features Editor

Marion Dakers, Daily Telegraph – Financial Services Editor

Neela Debnath, The Independent – Blogs Editor

George Eaton, New Statesman – Political Editor

Natalie Edwards, The Sun on Sunday – Biz on Sunday Co-Editor

Reni Eddop-Lodge, Freelance

Hannah Ellis-Petersen, the Guardian – Culture Reporter

Matthieu Favas, Infrastructure Investor – Reporter

Alex Hern, the Guardian – Technology Reporter

Martin Jeffries, Sky Digital – Social Media Producer

Miles Johnson, Financial Times – Hedge Fund Correspondent

Dave Lee, BBC News – Technology Journalist

Georgina Leggate, Good Morning Britain – Senior Planning Producer

Costas Pitas, Reuters – Correspondent

Alix Robertson, Funds Europe- Staff Writer

Harriet Russell, Investors Chronicle – Companies Writer

Radhika Sanghani, Daily Telegraph – Women’s Editor

Kadhim Shubber, Financial Times – Graduate Trainee

Pandora Sykes, The Sunday Times Style Magazine – Fashion Features Editor

Jennifer Williams, Manchester Evening News – News Reporter

Robyn Wilson, Construction News – Property Correspondent

Victoria Woollaston, Daily Mail – UK Deputy Science Editor