Britain’s top young journalists named in 30 To Watch awards

MHP celebrates the best in print, broadcast and online journalism at leading industry event. The UK’s most talented and influential young journalists were honoured at an event which celebrated the new generation of print, broadcast and online rising stars.

Specialists in investigative reporting, culture, business and agenda-setting political scoops were among the 30 young journalists named as Britain’s best at the 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards. Click on the brochure below for a comprehensive guide to this year’s awards and winners.

30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2018

Now in their seventh year, these awards recognise the best upcoming talent in the news media. Last night’s winners were selected from a record-breaking 400 entries from over 90 different titles.

Jay Rayner, the food journalist and critic, presented trophies to the 30 winners who come from media outlets ranging from Buzzfeed, VICE and Sky News to Professional Pensions, the BBC and The Daily Telegraph.

Watch highlights from the awards

The judges –  led by senior journalists from leading titles including ITV News, CNN and the Daily Mail – selected the winners based on criteria which reflected a mix of traditional journalistic skills and digital expertise. The qualities the judges looked for included persistence, ingenuity, securing exclusives and using social media as a source and channel for stories.

The entries which caught the judges’ attention included revelations on the Guido Fawkes political website about MPs on the whips’ secret misconduct list; an exclusive interview in the Daily Mail with former Chelsea player Diego Costa and coverage in The Daily Telegraph of the 2017 General Election via Snapchat.

The judges included Camilla Mankabady, programme editor ITV News; Peter Campbell: Financial Times motor industry correspondent and former 30 To Watch gold winner; Roger Alton, Contributing Editor, the Daily Mail; David Ford, Executive Producer CNN London; Jo Willey, freelance health reporter; and Aisha Gani, freelance reporter and former 30 To Watch winner.


The eight gold winners in the different categories are:

News: Adam Crafton (Daily Mail)
Politics: Alex Wickham (Guido Fawkes)
Health: Patrick Russell (ITV News)
Lifestyle: Tolani Shoneye (Freelance/ Buzzfeed)
Campaigns: Natasha Preskey (Freelance/
Financial: William Turvill (Mail on Sunday)
Business/Specialist Trade: James Phillips (Professional Pensions)
Innovation: McKenna Grant (Telegraph Snapchat)

  • Tolani Shoneye, Buzzfeed/Freelance – LIFESTYLE Gold Award
  • Patrick Russell, ITV News – HEALTH Gold Award
  • McKenna Grant, The Telegraph – INNOVATION Gold Award
  • Adam Crafton, Daily Mail – NEWS Gold Award
  • Natasha Preskey, Freelance – CAMPAIGN Gold Award
  • James Phillips, Professional Pensions – BUSINESS/TRADE Gold Award
  • William Turvill, Mail on Sunday – FINANCIAL Gold Award
  • Alex Wickham, Guido Fawkes, GQ – POLITICAL Gold Award



Symeon Brown, C4 News
Morgan Meaker, Freelance
Tom MacLeod, Sky News
Sian Boyle, Daily Mail
Sian Elvin, Kent Live


Stephen Matthews, Mail Online
Sarah Graham, Freelance
Alex Matthews King, Independent


Lucy Alderson, Construction News
Peter Coulter, BBC Spotlight


Rachel Watson, Scottish Daily Mail
Lewis Goodall, Sky News
Bianca Nobilo, CNN
Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph


Jennifer Savin, Cosmopolitan
Nalini Sivathasan, BBC Asian Network


Lucy White, City AM
Hannah Murphy, Financial Times


Sabah Meddings, Sunday Times
Isabelle Fraser, Daily Telegraph


Jack Homan, 5 News
Emily Cooke, Science and Technology Facilities council