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Record numbers apply for 30 to Watch awards

Adam Batstone

With just a few days left until the deadline for entries for the 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards it is clear that the number of entries will break all previous records.

The diversity of titles represented among the entries is truly striking and underlines the incredible range of the UK media. We have had entries from the BBC, The Financial Times and from Vice.com and FashionBeans.

Our judges will face a tough task as they seek to whittle down some really high quality entries to just 30 winners. For the first time this year we have decided to judge entries by subject matter rather than by platform. This is a reflection of the increasingly blurred lines which are a fact of the modern media. Gone are the days when a newspaper reporter was just that. Nowadays the reality is that young journalists are as likely to be reporting for a printed paper one day, appearing in a podcast the next and editing a video the day after.

With nominations scheduled to close on April 30, we have so far got 239 names to consider across our categories: News, Politics, Business, Financial/Specialist trade/ Lifestyle, Health, Innovation and Campaigns.

The latter two categories were included because it’s clear that rapid digital change has enabled some incredible innovation in journalism, much of which is driven by young people. And campaigning journalism has never been more important as people and organisations adapt the media to bring about significant change to society.

The submitted work covers topics as diverse as the growing trend of teenagers adopting Korean style make-up to equity release for retirement income.

30 to Watch is in its seventh year and it has grown in stature to be one of the key moments of the year – especially for journalists embarking on their careers. Former winners are now established names in the UK media industry and it is gratifying to see many of them supporting 30 to Watch by nominating the latest crop of talented young journalists.

The awards event is being held at the Oxo 2 in London on Wednesday May 23. The awards will be presented by food writer and journalist Jay Rayner. We are also pleased to announce that David Dinsmore, COO of News UK, will introduce the awards with his thoughts about how young people are changing the nature of UK journalism.

Judging for the awards takes place next week and the 30 winners will be notified shortly afterwards. From that group of 30 we will also announce eight gold winners on the night, who the judges agreed have shown particular high level of achievement, ingenuity and enthusiasm in their careers to date. It promises to be a memorable evening and a great celebration of everything that is brilliant about the state of this important part of UK society.

The closing date for nominations is April 30th. You can use the form on this page to submit your free application.

Highlights from 30 To Watch awards 2017