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These are the journalism prize entries

Peter Foster

Peter Foster is currently the Public Policy Editor at the Financial Times. Previously he was Europe Editor at The Daily Telegraph where he covered the Brexit negotiations from both sides of The Channel. He returned to London in 2015 after more than a decade spent as a foreign correspondent covering South Asia, China and the United States.

No-deal Brexit looms as leak reveals Dominic Cummings considers EU negotiations a ‘sham’

The fevered weeks which sealed an ‘impossible’ deal

‘Stunned off my sun lounger’

Peter Foster’s writings on Brexit, the great issue of our day, were insightful. We were struck most by the way they were written against the grain, avoiding the ideologically driven, hackneyed reporting the issue generated in so much of the media. His threads on Twitter were among the most insightful use of journalism’s newest tool.”

Jenni Russell

Show that you care in life, not just in death

Boris Johnson is fighting an undeclared election

Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings believe their plan can still work

Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne is a former political commentator of the Spectator, the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. He now writes about politics for Open Democracy and Middle East Eye. He is the author of The Triumph of the Political Class, and The Rise of Political Lying as well as a biography of the cricket Basil D’Oliveira.

I was a strong Brexiteer: Now we must swallow our pride and think again

British Journalists have become part of Johnson’s fake news

As a lifelong Conservative, here’s why I can’t vote for Boris Johnson

Peter Oborne clearly and honestly articulated his own rethink on Brexit. Elegantly, yet with strong feeling, he set out the painful reasoning process that led him to shift from support to opposition and what he saw as the failures of integrity and leadership behind his change of heart.”

Janice Turner

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

David Smith

David Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also chief leader-writer, an assistant editor and policy adviser. He also writes columns for The Times and other publications.

Scottish Independence? Just do the sums – it’s 40 years too late for that

More Stoke on Trent than Singapore on Thames

Public support for nationalisation is part of the backlash against greed

David Smith’s writings were sharp and incisive: we were most impressed by how he managed the difficult feat of presenting complex economic issues in a style the layperson could understand.”

Michela Wrong

Michela Wrong has spent more than 25 years writing about Africa. As a Reuters correspondent in Abidjan and then Kinshasa, she covered the turbulent events of the mid 1990s, including the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko and Rwanda’s genocide. She then moved to Nairobi, where she became Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. Her books include In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, I Didn’t Do it for You, It’s Our Turn to Eat and Borderlines, a novel set in the Horn. Now based in London, she is researching a non-fiction book on Rwanda.

“Rwanda’s Khashoggi: who killed the exiled spy chief?”

“Suspects in Rwandan spy chief’s death ‘linked to government'”

“South Africa asks Rwanda to hand over Karegeya murder suspects”

John Harris and John Domokos

John Harris and John Domokos are the co-creators of The Guardian video series Anywhere But Westminster, which has been running for 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.

We spent ten years talking to people – here’s what it taught us about Britain

Anywhere But Westminster: ‘A big day in the North’

Anywhere But Westminster: ‘How Labour lost, and the hope that endures’

John Harris and John Domokos’ reporting told the story of Britain as it is, not as some imagine it to be. In their own words, they successfully refute ‘the snobbish idea that some people are beyond the pale, and things would be a lot better if they were returned to a state of voicelessness‘.”

Khaled Diab

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

Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is a former MP and a prize winning author, columnist and broadcaster. He currently writes columns for The Times and the Spectator as well as presenting the BBC Radio 4 biographical programme Great Lives. He was named Political Journalist of the Year at the Press Awards 2015.

Few dare say it but knife crime is a fashion

We shouldn’t take such offence at prejudice

All ages are gullible – including our own

Zak Garner-Purkis

Zak’s muddy boots journalism is inspired by writers like George Orwell. He tries to shine a light on injustice by getting as close to the story as possible. Whether he’s investigating modern slavery in British businesses or deaths on the $15bn Istanbul Airport project.

Life ‘in the cemetery’ – Uncovering Istanbul Airport’s dirty secrets

Slavery in the supply chain: A CN investigation

Carillion’s silent victims: The dangers of speaking out

Nick Cohen

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

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.”

Steve Bloomfield

Submitted material

“Whatever happened to Seymour Hersh?” (Prospect, 17/07/18)

“An island adrift: the inside story of how the Foreign Office is failing to prepare for Brexit” (Prospect, 15/10/18)

“The Corbyn doctrine” (Prospect, 15/06/18)