Awards

The Financial Times (FT) is one of the world's leading business news and information organisations. Discover the many prestigious awards won by our publications, journalists and applications. For details of earlier awards, contact kristina.eriksson@ft.com.

FT environmental journalism recognised at FPA awards

25th November 2015: Last night Financial Times journalists Michael Peel and Ben Marino won the honour for Environment Story of the Year at the Foreign Press Association Awards (FPAs).

The pair were recognised for their article China and the rosewood carve-up, which identified the growing Chinese demand for red timbers and the resulting destruction of ancient forests in Southeast Asia.

The judges said the winning entry was a “very good, incredibly well researched story” which took readers on a journey to make them care about rosewood. The award was presented by Sandi Toksvig, OBE.

Michael Peel said: “We hope this award can help draw attention to how the pillage of Southeast Asia’s magnificent rosewood trees is fuelling environmental destruction, violence and corruption across the region. Many people are working bravely to document and combat this – and taking far bigger risks than we did.”

Ben Marino added: “My lasting impression of this story was the dedication of both private citizens and officials fighting the trade in rosewood, often against insurmountable odds.”

The FPA Media Awards recognise excellence in journalism and present an opportunity for British journalists to be celebrated and recognized on an international scale.

For more information about the awards and a list of the 2015 winners click here.

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FT recognised at State Street Institutional Press Awards

Ignites Asia highly commended in three categories

25 November, 2015 – The Financial Times has received two awards and been highly commended in a further three categories at the 2015 State Street Institutional Press Awards Asia Pacific, which recognise outstanding performance in institutional financial services reporting.

Lucy Hornby, China correspondent, and Miles Johnson, hedge fund correspondent, were jointly named 2015 Journalist of the Year in the Investment category on account of their coverage of the Chinese renewable energy company, Hanergy, and for two articles in particular - Breakneck growth of Hanergy raises questions and Hanergy’s Li taps shadow lenders to fund group’s startling growth.

Commenting on the positive news, Christine Spolar, the FT’s investigations and special reports editor, said: “Lucy and Miles began questioning the phenomenon of Hanergy Thin Film and their coverage turned out to be revelatory and prescient. Their stories pre-empted the dramatic plunge in China’s equities in 2015. It also highlights regulators’ concerns over the true financial state of some of the new Chinese companies that have been rocketing to prominence in the last few years.

Lifen Zhang, associate editor at the FT and founding editor-in-chief at FTChinese.com, received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Institutional Journalism, in recognition of the significant impact he has made towards developing the media landscape in Asia Pacific, and maintaining a high standard of journalism.

Commenting on Lifen Zhang’s achievements, Angela Mackay, the FT’s Managing Director – Asia Pacific, said, “Lifen played a fundamental role in creating FTChinese.com ten years ago. Before he retired earlier this year, Lifen and his editorial team had helped built a profitable site with more than 2.2 million unique users and set up the business for it’s next phase of growth.”

Three Ignites Asia journalists were also highly commended:

  • John Sedgwick, Associate Editor: Highly Commended, Journalist of the Year – Investor Services & Technology
  • Lin Jing, Reporter: Highly Commended, Journalist of the Year – Pensions Issues
  • Kang Tae-jun, Reporter: Highly Commended, Award for Best Newcomer

The results of the State Street Institutional Press Awards were announced today at a reception in Hong Kong.

 

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FT scoops five prizes at Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards

24 November 2015: This morning at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards, the Financial Times took home five honours for best commentary, including Comment Pages of the Year.

Janan Ganesh received two awards, for Best Political Commentator of the Year and Commentariat of the Year. US managing editor Gillian Tett was named Business Commentator of the Year and Michael Skapinker won the Business Ethics Commentator of the Year award.

FT’s comment and analysis editor Frederick Studemann said: “I am delighted to accept the award for Comment Pages of the Year and would like to extend a huge thank you my colleagues who work tirelessly to feature the best comment in the world. I’d also like to thank Lionel Barber who is a great champion of comment and has allowed us freedom to innovate and experiment.”

Studemann accepted the award on Ganesh’s behalf, saying: “Janan is original and intelligent and a wonderful writer who is a delight to work with. He is at the absolute top of his game and is the best political commentator in the UK.”

The awards celebrate and acknowledge the finest UK commentators across a number of fields, from business and politics to food and fashion.

How To Spend It and FT Magazine recognised at BSME Awards

17th November 2015: Luxury lifestyle magazine How To Spend It and FT Weekend Magazine were both recognised on Monday night at the British Society of Magazine Editor Awards (BSME). How To Spend It editor Gillian De Bono was awarded Innovation / Brand Building Initiative of ​the Year, and Sue Matthias, former FT Weekend Magazine Editor, was crowned Editors’ Editor of the Year.

The panel of judges, led by Dickon Ross, presented the prize for best Innovation / Brand-Building Initiative to Gillian De Bono for producing How To Give It, a year-long project resulting in a one-off issue, which was entirely dedicated to raising money for charity.

Gillian commented: “Of all our awards, this one is particularly special to me because it recognises How To Spend It magazine as an innovator and pays tribute to my team for 12 months of enormously challenging work. Most importantly, the initiative raised £362,000 for Save The Children.”

The BSME committee said Sue Matthias was “their greatest inspiration in the past year”, after she picked up the Editors’ Editor award. Matthias, who was the editor of FT Weekend Magazine for five years, tweeted on Monday night:

The BSME awards recognise journalistic excellence in magazine editing, “the only UK awards which are run by magazine editors for magazine editors”. For more information about the awards and a list of the 2015 winners click here.

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About the Financial Times

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 747,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving almost half of total traffic.

FT’s Murad Ahmed named tech journalist of the year

13 November 2015: The Financial Times’ European technology correspondent Murad Ahmed has been named Tech Journalist of the Year at the UK Tech Awards 2015.

Now in its third year, the UK Tech Awards recognise incisive, accurate, regular and readable technology news and commentary to help raise the global profile of the UK tech community.

Ravi Mattu, the FT’s Telecoms, Media and Technology news editor, said: “Murad has done an exceptional job reporting on the ups and downs of the European tech sector. He has been at the heart of the continent’s thriving start-up scene as well as tracking the travails of US’s biggest tech groups in Europe, with outstanding scoops on Google, Uber and Microsoft and others. This accolade is richly deserved.”

Sponsors of the event include PWC, Barclays, Rothschild, Arma Partners, Canaccord, ECI Partners, finnCap, Luther Pendragon and Rigby.

For more information about the awards and a list of the 2015 winners click here.

 

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For more information please contact:

Catherine Goacher
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About the Financial Times

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 747,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving almost half of total traffic.

Double triumph for FT’s Josephine Cumbo

13th November 2015: Josephine Cumbo, the FT’s pensions correspondent, has won two prestigious media awards for her reporting, in the year that retirement freedoms revolutionised the industry. At two separate central London ceremonies on Wednesday night, she was crowned journalist of the year by the Society of Pension Professionals, the second year in a row that she has won the accolade.

Duncan Buchanan, President of the Society of Pension Professionals commented: “Our members have recognised Josephine’s valuable contribution to the pensions industry. The Society is very grateful to her for clear reports across the Financial Times and FT Money on topical pension issues.”

Ms Cumbo was also selected from over 200 personal finance journalists to be awarded the title of “personal finance education award” at the 2015 Santander personal finance media awards for her investigation into the lack of transparency in the drawdown market earlier this year – the fastest growing area of the market following April’s pensions freedoms – plus her campaigning work on inequalities in the new state pension.

The judges of the Santander award said Ms Cumbo was “the go to journalists when it comes to the pensions industry.” They added: “This journalist is always on top of the latest developments and translates the complexity of the ever changing area of personal finance into a language her readers can understand”.

Claer Barrett, editor of FT Money, said: “Winning not one, but two major journalism awards in one night shows that Jo is absolutely on top of her game. Her reporting on the huge upheaval within the pensions industry has a natural campaigning flair. Alongside her encyclopaedic knowledge of the UK pensions market, she is able to clearly communicate the import of these changes to FT readers affected by complex tax changes.”

Barrett was the runner up in the Consumer Journalist of the Year category at the Santander awards for her Serious Money columns.

 

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For more information please contact:

Catherine Goacher
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+44 (0) 20 7873 4181

Kristina Erikson
kristina.eriksson@ft.com
+44 (0) 20 7873 4961

 

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 747,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving almost half of total traffic.

Financial Times redesign wins best graphic design

13 October 2015: The Financial Times was honoured last night for its newspaper redesign at New Zealand’s Best Design Awards. The refresh earned the top prize in the graphic design category.

An initiative of The Designers Institute of New Zealand, The Best Design Awards is the annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product and interactive design. The top prize, the Purple Pin, is awarded for work that raises the bar of New Zealand design.

Judges commented, “[The FT's redesign] moves the needle … but more than that, it takes all the skills exhibited in this competition and creates a truly remarkable, rigorous, design system.”

The redesign, which also won an Award of Excellence from the Society for News Design last year, was led by Creative Director Kevin Wilson and Design Director Mark Leeds, with support from Christopher Campbell, Kari-Ruth Pedersen, and the New Zealand-based font designer Kris Sowersby.

Kevin Wilson commented, “We are honoured to be recognized among an impressive group of competitors. The redesigned paper was the result of extensive user testing and feedback, and underscores the FT’s belief in the lasting value of print.”

You can read more about the redesign here.

Andrew Ward honoured at European MediScience Awards

12 June 2015: Andrew Ward, FT’s Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, was named Commentator of the Year at the European MediScience Awards last night.

The event celebrates the importance of the capital markets to fund growth and innovation, and is the largest annual gathering of private and publicly quoted healthcare, biotech and life science companies in Europe.

The Commentator of the Year award, which is voted by an industry panel, recognizes sharp, perceptive and penetrating commentary on this sector.

You can find articles by Ward on FT.com, including How Pfizer snatched defeat from victory, Healthcare: Counting the cost of cancer, and An interview with Flemming Ornskov, Shire CEO.

The full list of winners is here.

FT and How To Spend It recognised at the Online Media Awards

11 June 2015: Last night the Financial Times and How To Spend It took home two prizes at the Online Media Awards in London.

How To Spend It won Best Lifestyle / Leisure News Site and the FT’s advertising team won Best Commercial Innovation for rethinking advertising with its ‘cost per hour’ attention metric.

The wins come hot on the heels of a successful night for the FT’s editorial team in Asia, who scooped five prizes in the Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) Awards for Editorial Excellence.

In April, both How To Spend It and ‘cost per hour’ were recognised in the News Awards and the Drum Digital Trading Awards.

Patti Waldmeir scores hat-trick at SOPA editorial excellence awards

Hong Kong, 11 June 2015: Last night, the Financial Times and FT Chinese were recognised in five categories at the Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) Awards for Editorial Excellence 2015.

Shanghai correspondent Patti Waldmeir won the top award for Excellence in Opinion Writing for the third consecutive year for her work, including her Life in China feature. The judges said: “Waldmeir is a breath of fresh air – even when she is writing about toilets – in a field where people tend to take themselves much too seriously.”

Amy Kazmin and David Pilling were runners up in the opinion writing category for their commentary on India’s 2014 Election.

Two articles from FT Chinese — The Third Road Xi’s Taking by Wu Wei and The Doors He Opened and the Windows He Closed by Xiao Shu — received the Award for Excellence in Opinion Writing and the category’s honourable mention respectively.

Tom Burgis, Demetri Sevastopulo and Cynthia O’Murchu won the Award of Excellence in Investigative Reporting for their China in Africa: how Sam Pa became the middleman.

FT’s Asia editor David Pilling said: “These awards are testament to the phenomenal talent, drive and commitment of our reporters in Asia. I am hugely proud to work with a team that produces such outstanding work every day; journalism that enlightens readers with purposeful reporting and penetrating observations, carrying both human and economic significance.”

 

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