Awards are like buses

You wait ages for one and then three come along at once. So it’s been with awards the past week.

On Tuesday I was surprised to find that I’d won the Judges Award at the annual British Press Awards.

Then on Thursday I received a Special Commendation Award at the Tenth Annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards.

Both of these awards were, in a way, specially created as my work doesn’t fall into ready-made categories of ‘scoops’ or stories. It was wonderful that in spite of that, enough people saw what I’d done and thought it worth honouring. I’m still reeling from all this adulation to be honest.

Then today I received a call from the USA telling me about a third award (you see they really are like buses). It hasn’t been announced yet so I’ll have to keep you in suspense until tomorrow afternoon for that one.

What a week!

3 Responses to “Awards are like buses”

  1. T. Yohannes says:

    May you never wait too long for the next bus.

    I just saw you today on BBC’s hardtalk here in Thailand. You did a good job. It is kind of nice to see something on the BBC that is not the usual Britain-good-America-bad spiel that practically defines the network. You come off as a selfless advocate for FOI and transparency which must make the BBC a little uncomfortable. They could use some of your kind of treatment as a company that lives on $5 billion a year from taxes alone, I mean, license fees.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Grace says:

    Hi Heather, so proud of you. I’m going to try and see if I could stream that BBC drama somewhere, and see if this girl did you any justice… I bet she didn’t 🙂

    See you in class soon and congrats on the awards. Have you done any London-based radio interview too? Did you get stuck in Western House forever with all that regional interviews? Sorry, professional habit as am a press officer 🙂 xxx

  3. CRILLBO says:

    MANY CONGRATULATIONS ON THESE WELL DESERVED AWARDS.
    IT IS A PITY YOUR DISCLOSURES DID NOT LEAD TO ONE CRIMINAL CONVICTION AND THE LOBBYING SCANDAL
    SUGGESTS THAT THE OLD SAYING “YOU CA`NT BEAT CITY HALL” STILL APPLIES.
    I AM ASTOUNDED THAT ALLTHOUGH THE REACTION TO THESE CRIMES WAS ENORMOUS,THE FOLLOW UP TO CRIMINILISE THE MPs INVOLVED HAS JUST EBBED AWAY.
    VERY BEST WISHES

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