The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor has won both the news reporter and sports journalist of the year ” awards for his series of stories about sexual abuse in football.
Interview with Andy Woodward, who revealed that he had been abused by a coach, Barry Bennell as a young footballer at Crewe Alexandra, was the first in a series that exposed the previously hidden scandal.
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The judge for the Press Awards, organized by the society of editors, said Taylor produced “a fantastic series of stories, the impact will be felt for many years,” and described his work as “agenda-setting, sensitive and clearly in the public interest”.
“During his interview with Andy Woodward is an outstanding piece of reporting, and its follow-ups, and the consequences of the revelations were, which is just as important. Quite simply, his work, the news agenda is dominated, both in print, TV and online,” they added.
Amelia Gentleman of the guardian won the specialist journalist of the year award for her powerful reporting about the child, the refugees in Calais failed by Britain, migrant crisis, and functions, for which you will receive unprecedented access to prisons such as Wandsworth – Britain’s most crowded prison.
Amelia Gentleman. Photo: Nick Carter/Press Awards
The judge said, they produced “told stories about the great social questions of the present”.
The prizes were awarded at a ceremony at the Hilton hotel on Park Lane in Central London on Wednesday evening.
The Guardian, G2 section “highly commended” in the Supplement of the year category, which was won by the Financial Times Weekend magazine.
George Monbiot, was highly commended in the environmental journalist of the year category. The award was presented by the “Financial Times” reporter, Pilita Clark.
The late AA Gill won two trophies: feature writer and columnist of the year.
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The writer and provocative television and restaurant critic for the Sunday Times, died in December at the age of 62, less than a month after the revelation he was seriously ill with cancer.
Gill’s decision for the reader to say that he had an “embarrassment of cancer – the full English”, and relate his experiences, treated in the NHS – a cover story for the Sunday Times magazine in the December – helped him clinch the feature writing award.
The Daily Mail took the newspaper of the year, while the Financial Times website of the year raised ” award.
The chairman’s award went to the New European launched in the Wake of the Brexit referendum vote. The judges called the paper “an unusual success – the counter-intuitive story of a new print-start in a digital age”.
The full list of winners can be read here.