Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Investigative & Campaigning Journalism – shortlist announced

The Private Eye Paul Foot Award is proud to announce its 2018 shortlist – chosen from a record number of entries from digital media, national and regional publications – that highlights the exceptional reporting taking place in the UK today, and another great year for investigative and campaigning journalism.

Ian Hislop, the Editor of Private Eye, said: “I promise that this is one vote that won’t be influenced by the Russians!  It’s a brilliant short-list taken from an inspiring long-list and I don’t envy the judges.”




  • Gordon Blackstock, Sunday Post

Hundreds of orphans buried in mass grave

  • Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer

The Cambridge Analytica files

  • Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian

Long-term UK residents classed as illegal immigrants

  • Madison Marriage, Financial Times

Men only: inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses were put on show

  • Sean O’Neill, The Times

Oxfam sex scandal cover-up

  • Investigations team, BuzzFeed

From Russia with blood

This year’s judging panel, chaired by Padraig Reidy, Little Atoms, comprised Julia Langdon, Political Journalist and Broadcaster; Simon Jenkins, The Guardian; Helen Lewis, New Statesman; Francis Wheen, Private Eye; Matt Foot, criminal defence solicitor and Emma Youle, Archant Investigations Unit, who won the 2017 Paul Foot Award.

Padraig Reidy, Chair of Judges, The Private Eye Paul Foot Award, said: “In a relentless torrent of breaking news, it’s a privilege to read work by journalists who have taken time and care to uncover stories that make a difference”.

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.

The winning entry for 2018 will be awarded £5,000 at an evening awards ceremony, Tuesday 19 June, at BAFTA, London.

Further information on the shortlist, please visit:         #paulfootaward


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