Entries open for 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2019

Use the form on this page to submit your entry for the 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2019.

Ian Kirby, Head of the MHP Strategic Media Unit

Entries are open for the 2019 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards which celebrate the brightest and best young people working in the media today. You can enter by using the entry form below.

This is the eighth year that MHP has organised 30 To Watch and we are delighted that the event has grown in size and stature with every passing year. 2018 was a landmark year for the awards with our judges reviewing almost 400 entries.

Once more 30 To Watch is FREE to enter. The only criteria for entrants are that you must be 30 or under at the time the entry item was published and be working as a journalist in the UK, or for a UK title overseas.

We have refined some of our existing award categories to reflect the changing nature of journalism and we have created a new category; Foreign and International News. This is in response to the large number of entrants working on stories beyond the UK or working for overseas titles in the UK.


We are inviting entries in the following categories: The closing date is Midnight, Thursday April 11.

News: Entries can come from any title and should focus on exclusive and innovative reporting or outstanding and memorable stories.

Health: We want to see entries from young journalists working for the trade press or mainstream media who are breaking stories and show a first class grasp of complex issues and how to bring them to a wider audience.

Financial: Entrants should already be making a name for themselves for quality reporting on the big stories in the City and beyond.

Culture, Entertainment, Lifestyle: Are you a reporter who spots new trends, styles and stars before they hit the mainstream? The judges also want to see innovative use of digital channels to reach new audiences.

Business & Consumer Affairs: Some of the UK’s best known business journalists started out in the trade and specialist media. We want to hear from the new generation of star reporters.

Campaigns & Investigations: Some of the best work submitted last year was in this category. We want to see examples of in-depth reporting which demonstrates the best principles of great journalism.

Politics: Brexit has dominated the political agenda, are you making a name for yourself for breaking stories and turning tip offs into front page news?

Foreign & International: This is a new category reflecting the number of entries concerning overseas news and submitted by young journalists working outside the UK. This category is open to UK journalists working overseas and to foreign journalists working in the UK.


1. What articles should I submit?
Any published work (including text articles, photographs, videos, podcasts & graphics) can be submitted if they were published between May 1 2018 and the closing date for entries; April 11 2019

2. How many pieces can I submit?

Entrants can submit a maximum of three samples of their work per category entered

3. How many categories can I enter?

You can enter as many categories for which you have relevant work to submit – up to a maximum of three pieces per category (NB News is usually the most popular category)

4. Can I send a supporting statement?

Entrants can, if they choose, submit a supporting statement of no more than 100 words written either by themselves or by a colleague.

5. How much does it cost to enter?

30 To Watch is free to enter, there are no financial prizes but MHP may be able to help fund reasonable travel costs for winners coming to the awards ceremony from outside London

6. How will I know if I have won?

Judging will begin after the closing date of April 11. The 30 winners will be notified by May 10 and the eight gold winners will be announced on the night of the awards ceremony on May 30.

7. Is 30 To Watch only open to UK journalists?

Any nationality journalist can enter if you are working full time as a journalist in the UK or if you are a UK citizen working as a journalist overseas

8. How old can I be to enter 30 To Watch?

Entrants should have been 30-years-old or younger on the date their submitted work was published.


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The Judges

We are delighted that many of our former 30 to Watch gold winners have joined the judging panel for this year’s awards.

Debbie Ramsay, BBC Radio 1 NewsbeatDebbie is editor of Newsbeat and Radio 1 Xtra news. She specialises in making news designed for a young audience and has pioneered using video and social media to tell complex stories across multiple platforms.

John Stevens, The Daily Mail: A gold winner in 2015, John has established himself as one of the country’s sharpest political reporters.

Finola Miles, ITV News: Finola won gold in 2017 since then her career at ITN has flourished. She is now a senior producer taking responsibility for weekend bulletins.

Peter Campbell, Financial Times: Peter was a gold winner in 2013 for his work at the Daily Mail. He is now Motor Industry Correspondent at the FT. This is his fifth year as a 30 To Watch judge.

Tolani Shoneye, Freelance: Tolani was a gold winner at last year’s awards for her work at Buzzfeed. Her podcast The Receipts regularly attracts around a million listeners.

Jo Willey, Freelance: Jo is a freelance health reporter with a wealth of experience writing for mainstream and specialist titles.

Liam Kennedy, Editorial Director of Investment & Pensions Europe: 20 years in journalism specialising in pensions and investments sector.

Angus MacSwan, Chief Desk Editor Europe, Middle East & Africa, Reuters: Throughout his career Angus has reported from all over the world, covering some of the most memorable events of recent times. He brings a thorough understanding and knowledge of global news coverage and a commitment to encouraging high standards among young journalists.

Ian Kirby, Keith Gladdis, Adam Batstone and Jamie Lyons: With a combined total of more than 80 years in journalism, MHP’s Strategic Media Unit comprises former journalists from The Daily Mail, Press Association, BBC and News of the World.


Click here to see highlights from 2018’s 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards.

If you have any questions about MHP’s 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2019 please email