Awards for Excellence 2022 results

Find out the results of the Awards for Excellence 2022 and take a look at all the shortlisted work


News Associates – winner

Lisa Bradley, University of Sheffield – highly commended

Josh Joseph, Glasgow Caledonian University – commended

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD, sponsored by the Financial Times

Ability Today’s Academy for Disabled Journalists – winner

Amrit Singh Mann, Sky News – highly commended

LGBTQ+ Journalism Network – commended

STUDENT NEWS JOURNALISM, sponsored by Iliffe Media

Olivia Snelson, University of Salford – winner
Going The Distance: Ukraine Equestrian Relief
The Cost of Cramps Crisis
Gender Bias in Jazz

Sabrina Miller, PA Training – highly commended
‘Royal’ minister who conned three elderly brothers out of £400k farm
Bnei Akiva UK withdraws ‘mazeltov’ to engaged lesbian couple
Rabbis receive anti-terror training after sacked professor repeats ‘extremism’ slur

Miriam Kuepper, University of Sheffield – commended
‘Frightening’: Covid leaves toddler with rare condition as mother fears fresh winter spike
Restaurant owner ‘heartbroken’ as high costs force family business to close
Ukrainian student in Sheffield ‘worried sick’ about her parents making Molotov cocktails to survive in Kyiv

TRAINEE NEWS JOURNALISM, sponsored by Iliffe Media

Melissa Sigodo, The Mirror – winner
Owami Davies: Police saw student on the day she vanished but didn’t know she was missing
‘I was denied UK residency as Home Office saw me as a threat because of my race’
Sex abuse survivor ‘left naked in police cell’ after telling cops about childhood ordeal

Danielle Masterson, The Sun – highly commended
Ian Bailey reveals inside his year from hell – and ’emotional’ reason he couldn’t watch Sophie Toscan du Plantier docs
Over half of Irish murders in 2021 were in the home – but overall homicides decreasing
Students are turning to hostels, Airbnb’s and hotels to rest their head at night amid ongoing housing crisis

George Carden, Brighton Argus – commended
Children committing crime in and around Worthing line
People in Peacehaven unhappy with planned 5G mast
Over 900 bicycles stolen in Brighton and Hove during 2021

STUDENT SPORTS JOURNALISM, sponsored by Sky Sports

Um-E-Aymen Babar, News Associates London – winner
‘These problems need to be brought up’: the women affected by cricket’s racism scandal
England in Pakistan: Moeen Ali prepares to lead tourists in landmark series
‘We’ve been waiting for this’: Rachel Yankey on women’s football, diversity and her legacy

Kit Shepard, News Associates London – highly commended
The Leiceseter v Northampton rivalry, 2011-2014
‘The San Siro was beautiful but I’d rather be in Barrow watching Orient go five points clear’
Gertrude Ederle breaks new ground with Channel record in 1926

Andrew McLean, University of Sheffield – commended
Football and Medical Emergencies: Why matches are now being stopped when a fan takes ill
“My sexuality is something I’ve never had to worry about”: Why do women feel more comfortable coming out in football than men?
What next for sports washing in a post-Abramovich era?

TRAINEE SPORTS JOURNALISM, sponsored by Sky Sports

Ji-Min Lee, Wokingham Today – winner
Escape The Drop TikTok episode – Into the lion’s den! Can Reading go top of the league?
‘Five person trade’ helps Reading FC fan complete kit collection
No rest for the wicket: Reading cricketer discusses mental health and testing game against world’s best

Matthew Kayanja, The Times and Sunday Times – highly commended
Pressure, rivalry, dysfunction – inside Ferrari F1’s failings
‘My base in Kyiv was bombed by Russia. I can’t focus on tennis’
Postponement of all Premier League games has cost us so much money, fans say

STUDENT TOP SCOOP, sponsored by Sky News

Bartholomew Hall, University of Kent – winner
Whitstable harbour fire revealed to be started by workman’s grinder

Olivia Jones, Kingston University – highly commended
We’d feel safer back in Ukraine

Tom Burgess, Cardiff University – commended
Mystery ash: Steel mill had fault during dust fall over Splott

TRAINEE TOP SCOOP, sponsored by Sky News

Albert Tait, Henley Standard – winner
Council slammed over gas supplier

Maya George, Southern Daily Echo – highly commended
The Hampshire Constabulary police officers dismissed from the force

Annie Owen, North Wales Live – commended
Health board apologises after woman, 89, ‘left in direct sunlight’ during heatwave

STUDENT FEATURES, sponsored by Mark Allen Group

Jack Walton, News Associates Manchester – winner
Liverpool is grieving
Going to battle in the countryside

Emma Ogoa, University of Kent – highly commended
“It’s become three times more expensive to live in the UK right now as a Russian”: How sanctions are hitting young Russians in the UK
‘I’m very nervous’: Young Malians on how they feel as France quits Jihadist war

Matt Lee, Nottingham Trent University – commended
Life in the shadows
Doctors told young Chelmsford mum bowel cancer was ‘Covid lockdown stress and anxiety’

TRAINEE FEATURES, sponsored by Mark Allen Group

Georgina Quach, Financial Times – winner
How the UK’s dutiful launderette is fading under Covid and energy prices
Hackney’s Pho Mile and its history of resistance

Yasmin Choudhury, The Times and The Sunday Times – highly commended
£60k debt, no jobs and back home with mum: what the lockdown graduates did next
‘I’m 52 without a house or savings. Am I heading for disaster in old age?’

Ayokunle Oluwalana, MyLondon – commended
‘Our kids beg us to move out of Hackney but after 52 years it still feels like home’
‘Here’s every reason why banning Notting Hill Carnival is a terrible idea’

STUDENT PODCAST, sponsored by The i Podcast

Isabella Jewell, University of Salford – winner
Just Two Weeks

Oliver Murphy, News Associates London – highly commended
‘Klan whisperer’ – The Black musician unravelling generations of hate

Sharmeen Ziauddin, Kingston University – commended
She Speaks We Hear

TRAINEE PODCAST, sponsored by The i Podcast

Bobby Twidale, freelance journalist – winner
Amir’s story – part one – a love story

Micaela Arneson, Mission Based Media – highly commended
How is Alzheimer’s diagnosed?

Sam Harrison, Bury Free Press and Suffolk News – commended
Good Morning Suffolk episode four: what are you doing to fight the cost-of-living crisis?

STUDENT DATA JOURNALISM, jointly sponsored by The Market Research Society and The British Polling Council

Sharmeen Ziauddin, Kingston University – winner
Is Instagram and TikTok to blame for increasing mental health challenges in children?

Jinqian Li, University of Sheffield – highly commended
True lies: the scourge of online impersonators

Rut Orios Vidal, University of Kent – commended
Diversity in Disney films

TRAINEE DATA JOURNALISM, jointly sponsored by The Market Research Society and The British Polling Council

Eamon Farhat, Bloomberg – winner
London housing crisis spreads with squeeze on room rental market

Damian Shepherd, Bloomberg – highly commended
London homes in financial districts saw double-digit price drops

Isabella Boneham – commended
Future of Covid: why the global vaccine rollout is crucial and the countries with the lowest vaccine

BEST STUDENT PROJECT, sponsored The News Movement

Jack Kinsella, Widnes Vikings: More than a Club, Liverpool John Moores University – winner

Olivia Snelson, The Bloody Truth: Period Poverty, University of Salford – highly commended

Alexander Smith, An Investigation into High Level Sport and Development Pathways for Teenagers and Young Adults, Liverpool John Moores University – commended


Daniella Theis, Greenock Telegraph – winner
Families’ fears over shake-up of ‘vital’ dementia daycare service
Ukrainian refugee family stuck in motorway hotel

Paul McAuley, Liverpool Echo – highly commended
Merseyside’s hidden community with a love for leather
Man recalls ‘having head pushed into church grounds with a bible to release gay demons inside him’

Tom Bedworth, Warrington Guardian – commended
Warrington garage leaves customers £60,000 out of pocket
Artist’s aim to reunite with work hung in Smoke restaurant

Megan Howe, Shropshire Star – commended
Residents in Market Drayton fear isolation due to lack of bus services
‘Save our park’ – Shropshire residents rally to fight off developers

Ayokunkle Oluwalana – commended
‘I visited Croydon’s new pocket homes no wider than a London Underground train but felt like I was in Doctor Who’s Tardis’
‘My daughter was given three months to live – I won’t let this Christmas be her last’

Albert Tait, Henley Standard – commended
High street could become ‘ghost town’ in economic crisis, says cafe owner
Youngsters given chance to follow Ronaldo dream

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD, sponsored by Brunswick Group

Daniel Kane, talkSPORT, PA Training – winner

Georgia Langdon, Hexham Courant, Darlington College – highly commended

Lauren Pinkney, Sky News, PA Training – highly commended

Danielle Desouza, PA Media, PA Training – commended

Tymiah Ford, Times Radio, PA Training – commended

Tamika Green, Bury Free Press, Darlington College – commended

STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD, sponsored by Yahoo! UK

Charley Bergman, Leeds Trinity University – winner

Anna Wise, News Associates London – highly commended

Blanca Schofield, News Associates London – commended

Jack Walton, News Associates Manchester – commended

Marcus Wratten, Kingston University – commended

TRAINEE OF THE YEAR AWARD, sponsored by Alder Media

Amy Austin, Financial Times – winner

Georgia Harland, Henley Standard – highly commended

Alec Evans, SurreyLive – commended


The 2022 chairman’s award has been awarded to Paul Derrick.



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