Best Original Journalism

Best original journalism which can be from across any platform. 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 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 the piece (500 words or longer).

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Investigation of the Year

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 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 the piece (500 words or longer).

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Best Initiative for Reaching New Audiences

For an initiative that significantly extended knowledge, understanding and engagement with the work of BBC News and Current Affairs to reach new 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 the initiative is, how it engaged new 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. We are looking for something that extended knowledge, understanding, and engagement with BBC News and Current Affairs. 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

For an individual or team who has made an outstanding use of technology 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.

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Most Innovative use of Production Craft

For an individual or team who has made an outstanding use of production craft 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.

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Most Impactful Multi-Platform Story

Judges will be looking to recognise an individual or team who has worked in a truly collaborative and strategic way to ensure the story has appeared on multiple platforms to achieve the biggest impact for our audiences.

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

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Rising Star of the Year - In Memory of Hanna Yusuf

This award is in memory of our colleague Hanna Yusuf, a hugely talented young producer and reporter in the BBC Newsroom, who sadly died in 2019. The award recognises 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 the key achievements from the past year that demonstrate 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 someone who puts the audiences first. We are looking for someone who goes above, collaborates 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 the key achievements from the past year that demonstrate 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 are looking to recognise someone who goes above and beyond in their day job and is an asset to their team.

Individuals may apply or nominate team members.
Please explain in 500 words or less the key achievements from the past year that demonstrate 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 are looking to recognise someone who goes above and beyond in their day job and is an asset to their team.

Individuals may apply or nominate team members.

Please explain in 500 words or less the key achievements from the past year that demonstrate the 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 in 2017. This award recognises an outstanding contribution by a staff member to the News and Current Affairs division. Judges will be looking for impressive teamwork skills as well as creativity and innovation.

This award is open to anyone in News and the supporting teams. Please explain in 500 words or less the key achievements from the past year that demonstrate suitability for the award.

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Special Recognition Award

This is a special award chosen by News Group Board to recognise a team. Last year’s winner was BBC Persian.

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