Andrew Norfolk wins Paul Foot Award

The Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism 2012, worth £5,000, has been won by ANDREW NORFOLK, THE TIMES, for his two year investigation into the targeting, grooming and sexual exploitation of teenage girls by gangs of men.

The runner-up, who receives £2,000, is ROB WAUGH, YORKSHIRE POST, for his series of investigations into mis-spending by senior officers of Cleveland Police and abuse of power by ACPO and CPOSA.

The Judges also decided to appoint a Special Campaign Award of £2,000 to STEPHEN WRIGHT, DAILY MAIL, who was shortlisted, for 15 years reporting on the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation and for spearheading the Daily Mail’s ‘Justice for Stephen’ campaign.

The other 5 shortlisted campaigns were each awarded £1,000.

Ian Hislop, editor, Private Eye, said: “An excellent winner in a really strong and varied field. The Foot awards this year are a powerful post-Leveson riposte to all those who want to think only the worst of journalists.

The short list celebrates those whose great skill is to make the public really interested in what is really in the public interest.”

Private Eye magazine and The Guardian newspaper set up the award for investigative or campaigning journalism in memory of Paul Foot, the journalist and great campaigner who died in 2004.