Best Original Journalism

For a video, broadcast or written story that explores a brand new event or trend, or that takes a fresh approach to a well-known topic. Judges will look at the impact the piece had, the skill of execution and how it served public awareness.

Please note: the judges will only consider one story per entry. If your work is part of a larger series please use the text box to give context but do not include the entire series.

For video or radio entries: The work should not be longer than 15 minutes. If it is a longer piece, please specify in the text box the 15 minute section you would like the judges to watch, otherwise they will default to watching the first 15 minutes only. For print entries: please provide a link to your piece (500 words or longer).

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Investigation of the Year

For an outstanding video, broadcast or written investigative piece. Judges will look for the most compelling, revelatory work that brought significant new information to light and created public awareness of an issue.

Please note: the judges will only consider one story per entry. If your work is part of a larger series, please use the text box to give context, but do not include the entire series.

For video or radio entries: The work should not be longer than 15 minutes. If it is a longer piece, please specify in the text box the 15 minute section you would like the judges to watch, otherwise they will default to watching the first 15 minutes only.

For print entries: please provide a link to your piece (500 words or longer).

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Best Initiative for Reaching Younger or Underserved Audiences

For an initiative that significantly extended knowledge, understanding and engagement with the work of BBC News to younger and underserved audiences. Judges will look for creativity, innovation and the level of engagement and reach.

This award is open to anyone in News and the supporting teams

Please explain in 500 words or less what your initiative is, how it engaged younger and underserved audiences and the overall impact.

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Best Digital Innovation

For websites, interactive online features, apps, interactive documentaries and other digital technologies that use creative and innovative techniques to extend knowledge, understanding, and engagement with BBC News. This could be for BBC audiences or within the organisation to improve ways of working.

This award is open to anyone in News and the supporting teams.

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Most Innovative use of Technology or Production Craft

For an individual or team who has made an outstanding use of technology or production skills to enhance the work of the BBC News and Current Affairs division. Judges will be looking for creativity and fresh ways of thinking.

This award is open to anyone in News and the supporting teams

Please explain in 500 words or less what your technology or production craft innovation is and how it was used.

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Rising Star of the Year

For a member of staff in BBC News and Current Affairs who is making an outstanding contribution to our division. This person is likely to be in the junior stages of their career at the BBC, and through creativity, enthusiasm and an impressive list of achievements is already making a name for themselves.

This award is open to anyone in News and the supporting teams.

Please explain in 500 words or less your key achievements from the past year that demonstrate your suitability for the award.

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Leader of the Year

For a senior member of the BBC News and Current Affairs division who demonstrates outstanding leadership. Judges are looking for examples of inspirational vision, creative problem solving and leaders who go above and beyond to celebrate success and make their teams feel proud.

This award is open to anyone in News and the supporting teams.

Please explain in 500 words or less your key achievements from the past year that demonstrate your suitability for the award.

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Unsung Hero (editorial)

This award recognises an outstanding contribution by a member of the editorial team and is decided by the staff. We want to celebrate an enthusiastic and creative member of the team who enhances the way we work on a daily basis and embodies the BBC values.

Individuals may apply or nominate team members.

Please explain in 500 words or less your key achievements from the past year that demonstrate your suitability for the award.

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Unsung Hero (non-editorial)

This award recognises an outstanding contribution by a member of the support team and is decided by the staff. We want to celebrate an enthusiastic and creative member of the team who enhances the way we work on a daily basis.

Individuals may apply or nominate team members.

Please explain in 500 words or less your key achievements from the past year that demonstrate your suitability for the award.

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The Gold Award - in memory of Jon Leleu

This award is in memory of our colleague Jon Leleu, who was Mark Easton’s producer and sadly died of cancer in 2017. The award recognises an outstanding contribution by a staff member to the News division. Judges will be looking for impressive teamwork skills as well as creativity and innovation. They will select an individual who goes above and beyond on a daily basis to enhance the way we work and embodies BBC values.

This award is open to anyone in News and the supporting teams.

Please explain in 500 words or less your key achievements from the past year that demonstrate your suitability for the award.

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