Shortlisted for campaigning journalism award

I have been shortlisted for the inaugural Paul Foot Award for campaigning journalism. The award was set up by Private Eye magazine, The Guardian and the National Union of Journalists in memory of journalist Paul Foot who died earlier this year.

The judges said:

“The cornerstone of Paul’s journalism was the public’s right to know what their leaders were doing in their name. He took the view we probably wouldn’t like it if we knew and that is why they lied and covered-up when they could. In a raft of investigations, Heather Brooke has campaigned tirelessly to strip away the secrecy our rulers would impose if we let them. But for the tenacity and breadth of knowledge of such journalists as Heather, they would probably succeed.”

There were more than 100 entries from many distinguished writers, so I am thrilled to have made it to the final six.

The other shortlisted candidates are John Sweeney (Daily Mail), the Bristolian magazine, Felicity Lawrence (The Guardian), Daniel Foggo and Charlotte Edwardes (Sunday Telegraph), and Eamonn O’Neill (The Herald, Glasgow).

The winner will be announced Tuesday 11 October 2005 at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, London. Top prize is £5000 with £1000 to each of the runners-up.

3 Responses to “Shortlisted for campaigning journalism award”

  1. TD says:

    Good luck Heather. You do excellent work and your site is an important and interesting resource.

  2. heather says:

    Thanks for your support! I was pipped for the top prize by BBC reporter John Sweeney for his four-year investigation into “shaken baby syndrome”. Losing to Sweeney is almost an honour in itself, though. His amazing series exposed the injustices suffered by Sally Clark, Angela Cannings and Donna Anthony who were wrongly imprisoned for killing their children. I did win £1,000 as runner-up and I guess that means I’m am now officially an award-winning journalist!

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