The local journalists shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards
A journalist on a Google-funded local news website is among reporters from the regional press nominated for British Journalism Awards, run by Press Gazette.
Shariqua Ahmed, a reporter on Peterborough Matters, is among seven nominations in the local category for the awards, which will be held virtually on December 9.
Prior to working for Peterborough Matters, Shariqua was well-known in the area having been a reporter at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. She moved to Peterborough in November 2016, having previously been a newspaper journalist in India.
Chief reporter John Baker said: “I am delighted for Shariqua, who is a hard-working and talented journalist and a real asset to the team.
“She is remarkable for someone for whom English is not her first language and to get to the shortlist is a great achievement.”
Peterborough Matters was launched by Archant earlier this year after securing funding from Google to innovate with local news and find a sustainable model for the future.
Stories Shariqua is shortlisted for include:
- Eastern European families going home to escape coronavirus
- ‘Fed up’ residents fearful of area turning into ‘warzone’ as crime concerns rise
- Podcast: Peterborough Natters’ first Urdu edition!
Archant has two nominations in the category, the other being for Charles Thomson and Tom Bristow of the Archant Investigations Unit, for their work on the Unfinished podcast.
There are two nominations for Leeds-based journalists working for JPIMedia too in this category. Robyn Vinter, of the Yorkshire Post, is nominated for:
- Care in Crisis
- NHS Charities Together accused of sitting on £100m of cash donated by fundraisers including Captain Tom Moore and Clap for Carers
Susie Beever, meanwhile, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, is nominated for:
- ‘He raped me with his t-shirt round my neck’
- ‘My trauma meant they couldn’t charge my rapist’
- ‘Rape detectives told me I should have been more careful’
Elsewhere, Sam McBride of the Belfast News Letter, is shortlisted for:
- Despite SF’s Trumpian claims, there were at least ten funeral breaches
- Moy Park misled public on RHI cash
- PSNI’s made-up law ought to unsettle anyone who understands democracy
Also shortlisted in the local category are Katie French and Ryan Evans from the Basingstoke Gazette. Their nominates included:
- Gazette campaign to bring Basingstoke Town Community FC home
- We’ve only gone and found it! Gazette unearths ‘lost’ Camrose covenant
- Basingstoke Town fans ‘pressured’ into selling shares.
BBC Birmingham’s Jonathan Gibson is shortlisted for:
Completing the nominations for the local category are Leah Seator, Mark Harcus, Sarah Sutherland and Kerry Martin of The Orcadian for:
- NHSO chief defends decision to commute to Highland home
- NHS chief apologises in open letter
- Dawn of a New Era?
In other categories, The Scotsman Sessions, launched by Roger Cox to support the arts after the Edinburgh Festivals were cancelled, is shortlisted in the innovation category.
Will Hayward of WalesOnline is nominated twice — the only regional nomination in the politics section. His work includes:
- Coronavirus in Welsh care homes — the disaster that didn’t have to happen
- The forgotten people left to grow-up, live and die in pollution caused by the M4
- Questions about £35k-a-year role of Welsh Conservative MS Andrew RT Davies’ wife.
He is also nominated in the features category, with additional stories including:
- Locked down in Butetown: What isolation looks like at the sharp end of the pandemic
- Behind Wales’ troubling and hidden modern-day slavery epidemic
The Yorkshire Post’s Ruth Dacey short-listed in the new journalist category. Word nominated includes:
And completing four nominations for the Leeds newsroom is Lindsay Pantry, nominated in the specialist journalism category:
- Care in Crisis
- Reopening of churches ‘more challenging’ than lockdown, Yorkshire clergy say
- Tributes to the ‘invaluable efforts’ of thousands of volunteers across Yorkshire
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which includes the Bureau Local project, has been shortlisted in the investigations category for its work around council borrowing. Named from the team in the nomination are Gareth Davies and Charles Boutaud:
- Council borrowed £1bn from taxpayers to bet on British sunshine
- Councils’ bets on property market ‘battered’ by Covid-19 closures
- Treasury bans billion-pound council property investments revealed by the Bureau
Their work is also shortlisted in the Business, Finance and Economics category.
Jack Foster and Fraser Knight, of Global Radio’s newsroom in Scotland, have been shortlisted for their work on Coronavirus: ‘Sick patients in Scottish care homes allowed to mingle with healthy people’.
Over 800 entries were submitted this year — a record haul.
This year there will also be a new prize awarded by Press Gazette for Public Service Journalism. In the mould of the Pulitzer Prize in the US, this award will recognise the journalist or team that has gone the extra mile to serve the public interest this year.
Chairman of the judges Dominic Ponsford said: “Considering the year we have had for news we expected some amazing entries and we were not disappointed.
“It was especially gratifying to see so many new voices recognised in this year’s shortlists. With more than 50 entrants in many categories, just making the shortlist is an incredible achievement.
“Thank you to the judges for giving up their time and to everyone who has entered.”