Exclusive of the Year

Recognises the best exclusive gained by BBC News either as an individual or a team across multiple platforms.

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Excellence in Audio

Judges will be looking for the best and most innovative audio products.  The winning individual or team may have used new formats and techniques to reach new audiences using audio and received a positive response.

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Most Impactful Contribution to Sustainability

This award recognises an individual or team, editorially, in production or operationally, that has made a significant impact to achieving our sustainability goals within BBC News. Judges are looking for creativity, as well as effective, tangible results.

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Outstanding Contribution to Operations - in memory of Anthony Shelmerdine

For an individual or team who has shown a significant, dynamic  and outstanding contribution to News Operations. In memory of our colleague Anthony Shelmerdine, a Senior Picture Editor who tragically died this year. Anthony was known as the “rockstar editor” for his outstanding work.

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Special Recognition

This is a special award chosen by News Group Board to recognise a team that has continued to successfully deliver despite challenging environments and circumstances. Last year’s winners were UK Output Operations and the China Bureau.

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Outstanding Original Journalism

This award recognises outstanding original journalism which can be from across any platform. Judges will look at the impact the piece had, evidence of collaboration, the skill of execution and how it served our audiences.

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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, across multiple platforms.

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Outstanding 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, collaboration, innovation as well as engagement and reach.

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Outstanding 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.

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Outstanding Contribution to Production Management and/or Business Management

For someone who has made an outstanding contribution to ensuring our programmes and teams run effortlessly and smoothly. This person will have worked in partnership with editorial colleagues to put production innovation, systems efficiency, collaboration and diversity and inclusion at the heart of a programme making team or department and inspired others to work more effectively.

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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.

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Most Impactful Multi-Platform Story

Judges will 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 and reach for our audiences.

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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. It recognises a  member of staff 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 and enthusiasm, is already making a name for themselves.

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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 their everyday role, collaborates well with others, embodies an inclusive working environment and makes their teams feel proud.

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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, is inclusive of everyone and is an asset to their team.

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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, is inclusive of everyone and is an asset to their team.

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The Gold Award - In Memory of Jon Leleu

This award is in memory of our colleague Jon Leleu, who sadly died in 2017. It recognises an outstanding contribution made by a staff member to the News division. Jon was a hugely popular and talented producer who worked across the heart of the newsroom. He was renowned for always being positive, always being calm under pressure, and always having a razor sharp wit. 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.

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