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July 17 2011


Phone-hacking and journalism - Andrew Gilligan: you have to sail close to the wind

Telegraph :: In 2008, I won journalist of the year at the British Press Awards for an investigation into a man called Lee Jasper, a senior aide to the then mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. Using a mass of leaked emails, I found that enormous amounts of City Hall money had disappeared into projects run by Jasper’s friends, with little or nothing to show for it. Jasper resigned, and Livingstone’s re-election campaign was damaged.

[Andrew Gilligan:] I did not steal those emails, nor did I ask anyone else to do so. But after the story was over, Livingstone’s biographer reported that they were obtained by someone in City Hall who accessed Jasper’s computer, using a password he had left on a post-it note by his terminal. You could, I suppose, say they were hacked.

Continue to read Andrew Gilligan, www.telegraph.co.uk

March 24 2010


Is it time for a British Journalism Awards?

In the time I worked at Press Gazette — and indeed even before that — there were complaints like this one from Craig McGill’s blog about how the British Press Awards deal with digital journalism every single year.

We had plenty of good-faith internal debates on how to fix this and the organisers have come up with plenty of not-quite-right solutions.

How can their be a legitimate news website of the year award, for example, if the BBC or Sky can’t win it? Why should a reporter’s digital efforts have a special class of awards when there is barely any recognition for other specialist functions like subbing? Does shooting some video or running a really great blog really warrant an award separate from reporters or photographers working in print?

These questions are definitely being asked behind the scenes. And the sub-optimal outcomes are not, contrary to the common assumption in the media blogosphere, caused print dinosaurs resisting or resenting digital journalism.

There’s a bigger philosophical problem here about adapting media awards categories devised in a different age to the era of converged media.

What we really need is a medium-agnostic journalism awards rather than a “press” awards and a “television” awards and a “radio” awards, each with tokenistic “digital” gongs.


MediaGuardian: British Press Awards results

The Guardian has the full results from last night’s British Press Awards: the Telegraph took the big one, for newspaper of the year, while the Guardian’s Paul Lewis walked away with reporter of the year. Overall, the Telegraph won six prizes for its expenses story, including journalist of the year for its editor Will Lewis.

Heather Brooke got acknowledgement for her role in the expenses exposé, with a judge’s award. The Guardian reports:

The judges’s award went to freelance journalist and freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke whose tireless campaigning did so much to keep the story in the public eye. She praised the Telegraph for doing a brilliant job but appealed to Fleet Street to be more co-operative on major stories.

“I don’t begrudge the Telegraph and I hope they don’t begrudge me. The fact is I’m fucking proud,” she said.

Full story at this link…

There’s a Guardian Twitter liveblog too, if you want to catch up with it as it happened.

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