Over a decade recognising
the rising stars of journalism

For eleven years, the 30 To Watch Young Journalist Awards have recognised the most talented and influential young journalists across Britain.

The awards celebrate ground-breaking work,
throughout the media industry

including reporters, editors, and producers, across twelve categories:
News; City & Business; Culture, Entertainment, Lifestyle; Financial & Consumer Affairs; Health; International Affairs; Politics; Environmental Reporting; Social Media and Content; Campaigns & Depolarisation; Investigations; and our new award for Best Producer .

30 to Watch is free to enter and judged by some of the biggest names in news.

Now in its 11th year, the awards are a major fixture in the industry calendar – every year, #30ToWatch attracts hundreds of entries from every field of journalism, with 30 winners chosen.

30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards.

This year’s judging panel was chaired by Richard Sambrook, Former Director of News at the BBC and now Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, and included:

Anne Alexander

Senior Political Producer – Good Morning Britain

Peter Campbell

Global Motor Industry Correspondent – Financial Times

Richard Sambrook

Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism

James Ball

Global Editor – Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Harry Cole

Political Editor – The Sun

Pete Clifton

Editor-in-Chief – Press Association

Robert Guest

Foreign Editor – The Economist

Kat Lay

Health Editor – The Times

Oliver Shah

Associate Editor – The Sunday Times

Sonia Sodha

Chief Leader Writer – The Observer

Sam Taylor

Managing Editor – BBC News

Ed Cumming

Freelance Features Writer

Scott Bryan

Broadcaster and Journalist

Katie Strick

Features Write – Evening Standard

John Stevens

Deputy Political Editor - Daily Mail

Lauren Davidson

Head of Personal Finance – The Telegraph

Isabella Silvers

Integrated Associate Editor – Hearst

Natalie Kenway

Global Head of ESG Insight – ESG Clarity

30 to Watch alumni

Our growing list of alumni includes many of the best-known names in British journalism – including Reni Eddo-Lodge, Isabel Hardman, Alex Hern, Marie le Conte, Paris Lees, Katie Morley, Seb Payne, Michael Stothard, Sophy Ridge, Jim Waterson, and Alex Wickham.

Explore our #30ToWatch hall of fame below.

The 2021 #30ToWatch winners

The 30 to Watch winners, revealed in Spring 2021, have all worked for their audiences by serving the truth – relentlessly pursuing facts and shedding light on the most important issues.

Download our guide to find out more about some of this year’s most talented and influential young journalists.


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