Winners of the ninth CIPR education journalist awards
Awards for the most talented journalists specialising in the field of education were presented on 12 December at an event held in the House of Commons, attended by education journalists, education PR specialists and sponsors. The annual awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and sponsored by the CfBT Education Trust, celebrate the best education and skills reporting of the academic year 2012-13.
Following a keynote address from Brett Wigdortz OBE, founder and CEO of TeachFirst, awards were presented to winners and runners up in nine categories. Winner of the Ted Wragg Award for sustained contribution to education journalism was Peter Wilby, former editor of the New Statesman and the Independent on Sunday. Peter was also an education correspondent on various newspapers for many years. He now freelances mainly for the New Statesman, Observer and Guardian.
For those of us who work with the education sector, the Education Journalism Awards is the highlight of the year. Education and skills are critical to the UK's prosperity - economically, socially and culturally. The Awards provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge the knowledge, commitment, passion and skill of those who write about education, without whom the general public's understanding would be severely lacking
All winners and runners up produced great writing – fascinating stories with originality. In a democratic society we need healthy discourse which is not possible without the media. The education media play a key role in providing informed debate. So I am proud, once again, to be a sponsor of these prestigious awards.
Full list of 2013 CIPR Education Journalism Award winners
- The Ted Wragg Award for sustained contribution to education journalism, sponsored by the Institute of Education, University of London. Winner: Peter Wilby.
- Award for award for outstanding education national journalism, sponsored by the University of Nottingham. Winner: Stephen Exley, Times Educational Supplement. Runner up: John Morgan, Times Higher Education.
- Award for outstanding regional education journalism, sponsored by ResearchBods. Winner: John Young, BBC South East TV. Runner up: Dan Ashby, ITV Tyne Tees.
- Award for outstanding higher education journalism, sponsored by Buckinghamshire New University. Winner: David Matthews, Times Higher Education. Runner up: Paul Jump, Times Higher Education.
- Award for outstanding further education journalism, sponsored by Communications Management. Winner: Julia Belgutay, Times Education Supplement Scotland. Runner up: Janet Murray, freelancer (Guardian).
- Award for outstanding school journalism, sponsored by the CIPR. Winner: Louise Tickle, freelancer (Guardian). Runner up: Henry Hepburn TSL Education.
- Award for outstanding apprenticeship and skills journalism, sponsored by EAL. Winner: Stephen Exley, Times Educational Supplement. Runner up: Christine Alsford, ITV Meridian.
- Award for outstanding online education commentary, sponsored by Nationwide Building Society. Winner: Jane Bird, Financial Times. Runner up: Nic Mitchell, De La Cour Communications.
- Award for the most promising newcomer to education journalism, sponsored Nationwide Building Society. Winner: Claire Jones, Plymouth Herald. Runner up: Paris Gourtsoyannis, Holyrood Magazine.
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