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MHP announces winners of 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2019

Adam Batstone

Following a record number of entries, the judges have chosen their winners in the 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2019.

This is the eighth year that Engine | MHP has organised Britain’s biggest competition aimed at spotting and celebrating the nation’s best young media talent.

Almost 400 people submitted entries in categories ranging from culture and lifestyle to business and trade press. For the first time journalists covering foreign and international news were also able to submit their best work.

Eight gold winners, one from each category, will be named at the awards event which is being held at the offices of News UK, in London on May 30. The awards will be hosted by BBC News presenter Tina Daheley and the keynote speech will be made by editor of The Sun, Tony Gallagher.

The winners come from a range of titles – including national and international news outlets, specialist trade and sector publications, and consumer websites.

Subject matter among the winning entries ranged from revelations of historic sex abuse which prompted questions in Parliament to the challenges of living with abnormal shaped breasts.

The MHP Media Unit judges were supported by an external judging panel which this year included 30 To Watch gold winners from previous years who have since become established media figures:

Finola Miles, Output Editor, ITV News, won gold in the 2017 awards. She judged entries in the News category and was impressed by the overall standard:

At a time when journalism is more important than ever, it is really inspiring to see the sheer amount of young talent making its way through the ranks. Our top 30 clearly have a bright future ahead of them and should be very proud of themselves.

Ian Kirby, Head of MHP’s Strategic Media Unit said:

30 To Watch goes from strength to strength. I am overwhelmed by the quality and range of work that we have looked at this year. The Awards night promises to be a fantastic occasion and I’m looking forward to meeting our 30 winners and congratulating them in person.

The Engine | MHP 30 To Watch: Young Journalists of the year for 2019 are:

News

Politics

Business and Consumer

Financial

Culture, Entertainment and Lifestyle

Health

Campaigns and Investigations

Foreign and International

With over 400 entries, there are many impressive and innovative examples of work outside of our 30 winners.

Our highly commended entrants are:

News

  • Richard Holmes – BuzzFeed UK
  • Sami Quadri – Daily Mail
  • Amy Sharpe – Sunday Mirror
  • Natasha Wynarczyk – Freelance

Politics

  • James Rothwell – Telegraph Media Group

Business and Consumer

  • Brittany Golob – Cravenhill Publishing
  • Anna Isaac – Telegraph Media Group
  • Liam Kelly – The Sunday Times
  • Myles McCormick – Financial Times

Financial

  • Theo Andrew – Pensions Age
  • Nicholas Megaw – Financial Times
  • Emily Nicolle – City A.M.

Culture, Entertainment and Lifestyle

  • Bianca London – GLAMOUR
  • Hannah Jane Parkinson – The Guardian
  • Victoria Sanusi – Freelance

Health

  • Elisabeth Mahase – Pulse

Campaigns and Investigations

  • Glen Keogh – Daily Mail
  • Charles Thomson  – Tindle Newspapers, Yellow Advertiser Series

Foreign and International

  • Sally Hayden – Freelance
  • Donna Lu – New Scientist

Our top 30 clearly have a bright future ahead of them and should be very proud of themselves

  • 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards 2019 is organised by Engine | MHP. This is the eighth year the competition has been held
  • There were a record number of 395 entries across eight categories: News, Politics, Business and Consumer, Financial, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle, Health, Foreign & International and Campaigns & Investigations.
  • The MHP Strategic Media Unit reviewed approximately 1,850 entries from around 400 different titles.
  • The breakdown of titles from which work was submitted is as follows: Broadcast: 27, Print: 133, Magazine: 26, Digital: 96, National: 169, International: 25, Regional (incl Scotland, Wales & N Ireland): 20, Freelance: 22
  • The external judging panel comprised: Finola Miles, ITV News, Tolani Shoneye, Freelance, Peter Campbell, FT, Angus MacSwan, Reuters, Debbie Ramsay, BBC, John Stevens, Daily Mail, Liam Kennedy, Investment & Pensions Europe and Jo Willey, Freelance.
  • Gold award winners from each category will be announced at the awards event on May 30th at News UK in London
  • Former 30 To Watch winners include Sophy Ridge, Isabel Hardman, Jim Waterson, Martha Kelner, Henry Zeffman and Ollie Shah.

Anyone wishing to speak to the judges, winners or to attend the awards event should contact Engine | MHP via email contact@mhpc.com or telephone 020 3128 8100.

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