Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2019 – Submissions Now Open

The Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2019
For investigative and campaigning journalism

The Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism is now accepting entries.  Set up in memory of revered journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004, the award honours the UK’s most brilliant, talented and determined journalists working in the fields of investigative and campaigning journalism today.

Ian Hislop, the Editor of Private Eye said: “The clock is running down and the deadline is approaching fast. There will be no extension, no transition period, no further negotiation and no last-minute deals. The Cheque Plan is the only one on the table. On June 25th the money will leave the envelope and go into the wallet of the winning journalist. Chexit means Five Grand, a prestigious award and a boozy evening at Bafta. What could be clearer?”

Submissions will be accepted for material published in a newspaper, magazine or website between 1 April 2018 and 30 March 2019. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 2 April 2019, 1.00pm. No broadcast material is eligible. Individual journalists, teams of journalists or entire publications may enter, and entries will be considered for anything from a single piece to entire campaigns.

The judging panel is comprised of Padraig Reidy (Chair), Francis Wheen, Simon Jenkins , Amol Rajan, Helen Lewis, Amelia Gentleman, Matt Foot and Julia Langdon.

Padraig Reidy, Chair of Judges, The Private Eye Paul Foot Award, said: “In a world of fake news and alternative facts, the role of investigative journalism in holding those in power to account is more crucial than ever. It is fifteen years since Paul’s death, and we are honoured to continue his legacy with this award, and to champion those to whom he passed the torch.”

Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian, won last year’s award for her campaign Long-term UK residents classed as illegal immigrants, which became known as the Windrush Scandal.  Her investigation centred on tightened immigration regulations and the catastrophic consequences for a group of elderly Commonwealth-born citizens who were told they were illegal immigrants, despite having lived in the UK for around 50 years – but with no formal paperwork to prove it. The power of the campaign led to the eventual resignation of the then Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

Paul Foot, an investigative journalist, editor and left-wing campaigner, worked variously for the Daily Record, the Daily Mirror, The Guardian and Private Eye. He was involved in many high-profile campaigns throughout his illustrious career, including the Birmingham Six, the Bridgewater Four and the John Poulson scandal. His accolades include the Journalist of the Year, the Campaigning Journalist of the Year, the George Orwell Prize for Journalism and in 2000 he was honoured as the Campaigning Journalist of the Decade.  Paul Foot died in 2004 at the age of 66.

For further information, including a downloadable application form, please go to:         #paulfootaward

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