John Harris and John Domokos are the co-creators of The Guardian video series Anywhere But Westminster, which has been running for over ten years, chronicling and foreshadowing many of the tumultuous political events of the decade. Their aim has always been to turn political coverage on its head, and root their journalism far beyond centres of power, in the experiences of people and places too often ignored. Harris and Domokos were previously nominated for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Journalism: watch their ‘shortlist conversation’ on trust in documentary journalism with former Orwell Prize winner Darren McGarvey here.
Nesrine Malik is a columnist and features writer for The Guardian. Her work focuses on British politics and global movements for social inclusion. She is the author of We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind our Age of Discontent.
Chloe Hadjimatheou is an investigative journalist at the BBC where, among other things, she has uncovered disabled kids kept in cages, tracked deaths caused by jihadist violence across the globe and told the story of a group of young Syrian boys who took on the Islamic State.
Matthew d’Ancona is an Editor and Partner at Tortoise Media, and a columnist for the Evening Standard. He was Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph before becoming editor of The Spectator in 2006. His latest book is Identity, Ignorance, Innovation (Hodder). He was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, in 1989.
Sarah O’Connor is a columnist, reporter and associate editor at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column focused on the world of work, as well as longer features and investigations.
Jonathan Calvert is the editor of The Sunday Times’ renowned Insight investigative team. His accolades include British Journalist of the Year and the Paul Foot Award as well as Scoop of the Year on four occasions. George Arbuthnott joined The Sunday Times on the Marie Colvin Scholarship and is now deputy editor of the Insight team. He has won six British Journalism and UK Press Awards, including Investigation of the Year and Scoop of the Year, and has been shortlisted for an Amnesty International Award, the European Press Prize and the Orwell Prize.
Bellingcat is making open-source and data-driven investigations, that in recent years have uncovered multiple crimes and clandestine operations throughout the world. Our Russian probes are led by Christo Grozev, who alongside Aric Toler, Pieter van Huis, Roman Dobrokhotov and Yordan Tsalov, revealed Kremlin’s involvement in the Navalny poisoning, Russia’s Clandestine Chemical Weapons Programme and many assassinations conducted by the country’s security services.
Tom McTague grew up in County Durham. His first job in journalism was at the Independent on Sunday, where he later returned as political editor. He’s a staff writer at The Atlantic and co-authored the 2017 election book, Betting the House. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and a regular contributor to newspapers including the Guardian, New Statesman, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement and New York Times Book Review. Her most recent book is Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream (2018).
Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in England. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine and the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media. His book Another Day in the Death of America was shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Books in 2018.
Sophie Elmhirst is a journalist living in London. She writes regularly for the Guardian’s Long Read, the Economist’s 1843 magazine and The Gentlewoman, among others.
Jack Shenker is a London-based journalist who writes about how power works and how it gets subverted – particularly by those on the margins – as well as anything else that springs to mind. His latest book is ‘Now We Have Your Attention’, published by The Bodley Head and Vintage. www.jackshenker.net
Megha Rajagopalan is a senior correspondent for BuzzFeed News in London. Previously she opened BuzzFeed’s China bureau and, before that, worked as a political correspondent for Reuters in Beijing. Alison Killing is an architect and open source investigator. She specialises in geospatial analysis. Over the past few years her work has focused on migration to Europe and Xinjiang’s camps.
Ciaran Jenkins is the Scotland Correspondent for Channel 4 News. He is known for robust interviews and breaking stories, including several important investigations. He joined Channel 4 News in 2012 and has reported from around the world. He is from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales and now lives in Glasgow.
Clearing out my family home (The Times)
Modern day serfs are invisible to us (The Times)
Corbyn is clueless about the working class (The Times)
Nobody who did not address Brexit could possibly have won the prize, but the real question that faced the judges was: what should that writing be like? To Orwell, as it says on the homepage of the Prize, the key was to make political writing into an art. If there was one piece out of the more than four hundred that we read which was art and politics weaved together in a journalistic tapestry, it was Janice Turner’s account of clearing her parents’ home after her mother went into care… The word Brexit does not appear in this piece, but the judges all agreed that the essence of Brexit oozed from every sentence.” Ben Fenton, Chair of Judges
Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer, and writes for the Spectator, New European, Washington Post, Standpoint and many other publications. He is the author of five books, including What’s Left and You Can’t Read This Book.
Modern extremism: this time it’s personal
Europeans Lose Their British Home
Britain is a land of permanent crisis
Aditya Chakrabortty is senior economics commentator for the Guardian, where he writes a regular column and reports from around Britain and the world. In December 2017, he won the British Journalism Award for Comment Journalist of the year. His work has also won a Social Policy Association award, a Harold Wincott prize for Business Journalism and has been a finalist for an Orwell Prize on several occasions. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and television and tweets @chakrabortty.
A children’s book about food banks is a grim sign of our failure as a society
On the doorstep, Labour faces the question: who do you speak for?
Integrate, migrants are told. But can they ever be good enough for the likes of Blair?
Orwell would have recognised and appreciated the way Aditya Chakrabortty brings together the personal and political, from an anguished article criticising a society in which children’s books must explain poverty, to an insightful article looking at racism in Britain through the story of his own mother, who arrived from India as a bright young woman with an inquiring mind, wearing a sari.”
Khaled Diab is a veteran journalist and writer. He contributes to leading publications around the world and is the author of two books: Islam for the Politically Incorrect (2017) and Intimate Enemies (2014). Khaled also recently started working for an environmental organisation.
Even ‘terrorists’ have the right to citizenship
The ayatollah, the novelist and the fatwa
Faith in education