Video Journalism by Jardine Kipkorir
HuffPost has been nominated as the ‘News provider of the year’ at the British Journalism Awards organised by the Press Gazette.
HuffPost which has a pioneering partnership with Birmingham City University will be competing with some major news outlets for the coveted title which includes The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and The Telegraph.
The UK edition of the global news organisation has been recognised for political analysis on Theresa May’s reign as Prime Minister, an inside look at the NHS seen from a hospital bed, and an informative article of what’s it like to lose your local leisure centre.
Press Gazette editor-in-chief and chairman of the judges, Dominic Ponsford, said: “The News Provider of the Year prize goes to the particular news brand which has done the most, in the view of the British Journalism Awards judges, to serve the public interest with journalism that was revelatory and put together with skill and rigor.
This year’s finalists have gone the extra mile by producing campaigns, investigations, and scoops which have made a difference for the better in society.”
The recent investigation by HuffPost into ‘SPAC Nation’, published by Nadine White and Emma Youle only weeks ago received widespread acclaim. The journalists revealed allegations about pastors at the church – claims to fight knife crime – exploiting the young people it claims to help.
“I’m so proud that HuffPost has been nominated for News Provider of the Year at the British Journalism Awards, alongside giants of Fleet St – our team is much smaller than the others on that list & I think it’s fair to say we punch above our weight”, tweeted executive editor Jess Brammar.
The winner of the prize will be announced at a gala dinner on 10 December at London’s Hilton Bankside, where all 23 awards, including Journalist of the Year, will be handed out.
In 2018, the award for ‘News Provider of the year’ was won by the Financial Times under its former editor, Lionel Barber.
In September this year, HuffPost partnered up with Birmingham City University in launching the ‘HuffPost Centre for Journalism’.
The partnership gives students who study journalism degree courses at a chance to work with its highly-experienced journalists and gain insight, expert opinions, and feedback from professionals.
The tie-up is also a result of the continuous efforts of HuffPost in escaping the ‘London bubble’ and producing stories that represent diverse communities and opinions.
HuffPost relocated its newsroom in Birmingham for a week in 2018 to capture the concerns, hopes, and dreams of people throughout the UK.
Journalism students from Birmingham City University got a chance to spend a day at HuffPost last month with their Course Director, Marverine Duffy. The day included them participating in not one, but two daily news debriefs. They also met and heard International Editor, Louise Roug, discuss her journalism journey and her time embedded as a journalist for the New York Times in Iraq. Audiences and how they consume news, the importance of video journalism and social media were also on the agenda too.