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.

Financial Times wins Best Brand Awareness Campaign and Best Use of New Technology at INMA Global Media Awards

23 May 2017: The Financial Times took home two prizes at the 2017 International News Media Association (INMA) Global Media Awards.

FT’s “Facts. Truths.” Campaign was named Best Brand Awareness Campaign. The campaign promoted FT coverage of the US election in late 2016. Featuring illuminating statistics from its coverage of US issues such as household income, immigration, trade and manufacturing, the campaign underscored how the FT equips readers with information and insight they can trust.

The judges called the campaign “cleverly done, as facts have always been one of the core elements of the brand.”

The FT Communications and Brand Team was also recently named Global In-House Team of the Year at the PRWeek Awards and Marketing Team of the Year at the British Media Awards, off the back of the campaign.

Additionally, FT’s next generation website was named Best Use of New Technology to Generate Revenue and Engage. The website, which is among the fastest major news websites in the world, has helped the FT to expand its reach, increase audience engagement and grow its subscriptions to record highs. FT.com also came in second place for Best Launch of a Brand or Product to Create An Audience Segment.

The judges called it “a compelling entry, with great results.”

The new FT.com has won a number of awards this year, including Website of the Year at the Press Awards, Best Use of Technology at the Digiday Publishing Awards, and Best Website at the newsawards. It is shortlisted for Best Website Design by the Drum Design Awards, as well as Best Relaunch of the Year, Best Designed Site, and Best Technical Innovation by the Drum Online Media Awards.

The INMA Global Media Awards competition rewards innovation in audience, revenue, and brand development. The awards dinner was held at the conclusion of the 87th Annual INMA World Congress of News Media.

You can see the full 2017 list of finalists here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For more information please contact:

Rachel Taube | rachel.taube@ft.com | +1 917-551-5092

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 860,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

James Kynge and Merryn Somerset Webb recognised at 2016 Harold Wincott Journalism Awards

19 May 2017: The Financial Times’ emerging markets editor James Kynge (@JKynge) has been named Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Harold Wincott Journalism Awards in London for his coverage of China.

Merryn Somerset Webb (@MerrynSW), FT columnist and editor in chief of MoneyWeek, won the Personal Finance Journalist of the Year Award for her Saturday column in FT Money.

Runners up were FT Money’s Aime Williams (@Aime_Williams) and FT Alphaville’s Kadhim Shubber (@kadhimshubber) for Young Journalist of the Year, and Martin Sandbu (@MESandbu) in the Video Journalism category for his Punk FT series.

The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, a distinguished former FT columnist and editor of Investors Chronicle. The purpose of the Wincott Foundation’s annual press awards is to “recognise outstanding achievement in the field of economic, business and financial journalism”.

The award entrants were judged on four criteria: clarity, depth of understanding, objectivity, and the ability to write authoritatively about complex topics in a way that is intelligible to the layperson.

James Kynge was praised by the judges for for his “high level vision” and for “altering understanding of a hugely important part of the world” with his “forensic and multi-faceted exposure of China’s economic vulnerabilities”.

According to the judges, Merryn Somerset Webb has become “the ‘doyenne’ of UK personal finance journalism — Merryn’s weekly columns in the FT are essential reading for anyone concerned about house price trends, pension policy and [...] the fund management industry’s egregious charging practices”.

Earlier this week, FT Money scooped two prizes at the Headline Money Awards. Josephine Cumbo was named Journalist of the Year, and Claer Barrett won Financial Commentator of the Year.

 

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About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 860,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

 

 

 

 

 

FT triumph at the Headline Money Awards

17 May 2017: FT Money scored a double triumph at the Headline Money Awards on Tuesday, winning two prestigious prizes in recognition of personal finance journalism.

Josephine Cumbo, the FT’s pensions correspondent, was awarded Pensions Journalist of the Year, beating competitors from a host of national newspapers, and was described as “way ahead of the pack” by the judges.

Her articles on the rush to cash in final salary pensions, the unintended consequences of pension freedoms and a scoop exposing how an NHS Trust was offering nurses cash in lieu of pensions payments were highly praised.

Describing Josephine as “a worthy winner” the judges said her entries included issues they “simply hadn’t seen discussed anywhere else”.

FT Money editor Claer Barrett was awarded Financial Commentator of the Year for the second year in a row for her Serious Money columns criticising the government’s Help to Buy policy and explaining why parents shouldn’t repay their children’s student loans. Her third winning entry was a report into how female investors were turned off by ‘macho’ advertising favoured by the investment industry.

The judges said: “The discussion was one of the shortest in history with the judging panel unanimously agreed on their idea of the winner within a few minutes of sitting down. Claer’s submissions were superbly written and each made a telling point, prompting the reader to sit up and think seriously about the financial matter in hand.”

Simoney Kyriakou, FT Advisor’s Content plus editor was named Financial Health and Life Insurance Journalist of the Year. Kyriakou scooped up the award in the B2B sector for her “fabulous, interesting articles, in-depth analysis throughout, good balance and great sources”.

Further information and a full list of winners can be found here.

 

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About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 860,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

FT wins Global In-House Team of the Year at 2017 PRWeek Global Awards

Tonight, the FT’s communications and brand team was named Global In-House Team of the year at the 2017 PRWeek Global Awards.

The category recognises in-house teams that have demonstrated excellence in global strategy and innovation. The awards are among the highest honours in communications and PR.

The win recognises the FT’s successes over the past year, including the launch of its first fully integrated marketing campaign, “Make the Right Connections”, and promotional work surrounding the redesign of FT.com.

The judges said, “The Financial Times team made the most of last year’s unpredictable news events and changing global world order. Through brand campaigns that integrated editorial themes, the 20-strong team handles internal and external relations, from London, New York, Hong Kong, and Manila.”

Chief Communications & Marketing Officer Darcy Keller said: “We are thrilled to be recognized by one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Last year was full of unexpected news events that changed the global world order, and we’re proud to have helped the FT achieve its largest ever global readership during this transformative time.”

The FT was also named in-house team of the year in 2015.

Find more information and the full list of winners here.

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For more information please contact:

Catherine Goacher | catherine.goacher@ft.com | +44 (0) 20 7873 4181

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 860,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

Robert Shrimsley awarded Swift prize for economic satire

5 May 2017: FT editorial director Robert Shrimsley has been awarded the Swift Prize for Economic Satire by the Market Economy Foundation (Stiftung Marktwirtschaft) in Berlin.

The Stiftung Marktwirtschaft is an independent think tank which aims to stimulate new ideas about the development of the social market economy.

The judges said Shrimsley’s “unconventional international selection of topics and refreshing interview approach” have “aroused interest in the debate about market economic relations”. They said his writing provides “entertaining insight into an increasingly complex economic structure, and drawing more attention to the genre of economics.”

Named after Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, the Swift Prize honours creative discourse about freedom, competition, and individual responsibility based on market principles.

Previous winners and further information can be found here.

 

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For more information please contact:

Catherine Goacher | catherine.goacher@ft.com | +44 (0) 20 7873 4181

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 860,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

Financial Times wins top prizes at the British Media Awards


May 3, 2017: The Financial Times has won four honours at the 2017 British Media Awards. The awards recognise front-runners in the media industry who drive growth and challenge the status quo.

The FT was named Media Brand of the Year, which honours the most innovative and exciting media brand of 2016. The award recognised the FT’s success in a volatile year, both for trust in media and across the advertising landscape. In 2016, FT increased its engaged readership with powerful investigative series and riveting data visualisations. It also overcame advertising challenges with the expansion of content marketing studio FT² and a commitment to viewability standards. 2016 also saw the launch of the new FT.com, which is one of the fastest major news website in the world.

The judges said: “[The FT is] leading the way in the digital age. It’s transformed to take full advantage of digital opportunities, delivering more revenue from digital than print, and more revenue from content than advertising. The brand continues to deliver world-class content in new and in riveting forms… The FT is an inspiration.”

The FT Group, which is made up of the Financial Times and 19 diverse brands, was also named Media Company of the Year for its outstanding work transitioning into the digital age. In 2016, the FT Group passed a significant milestone as digital revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The group has over 1 million unique paying subscribers and 60% of revenues are generated from its journalism. Read more about why the FT was selected for the award in an interview with the FT’s chief commercial officer Jon Slade.

The FT Weekend’s digital documentary series, Hidden Cities, created in collaboration with Google Technology and supported by Visualise, received the gold medal for Partnership of the Year. The innovative use of technology and storytelling creates an interactive online experience for its readers around the world.

Judges said this showed that the FT showed “it is more than just a financial read”.

The FT Communications and Brand team also received the bronze medal in the category for Marketing Team of the Year. The award, which celebrates excellence and innovation in marketing strategy, recognises the inventive work of a major brand campaign, “Make the Right Connections.” The campaign reached audiences around the world, and, in a first for the FT, integrated editorial themes like the British referendum and the US election.

FT², Financial Times’ content studio, was shortlisted for Commercial Content of the Year, and FT’s anti-ad blocking proposition was shortlisted for Best Use of Data.

You can find more details here.

 

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 860,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

Financial Times wins SPJ award

May 2, 2017: The Financial Times was recognized at the Society for Professional Journalism’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards. “The Great Land Rush”, a multi-platform series investigating the forces buying up land in the global south, was honoured for its excellence in online investigative reporting. Aided by visually striking photography, videos, gifs, maps, and podcasts, FT journalists Tom Burgis (@tomburgis), Pilita Clark (@pilitaclark) and Michael Peel (@Mikepeeljourno) uncovered individual stories showcasing the real life-and-death struggles caused by the ongoing fight for land and the resulting local conflicts.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering, print, radio, television television, newsletter, art and graphics, and more. Judges selected 85 honorees from more than 1,300 submissions from television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines.

You can find a full list of winners here.

Financial Times’ Cait O’Riordan named one of UK’s top CIOs

27 April, 2017: Cait O’Riordan, chief product and information officer (CPIO) at the Financial Times, ranked 9th among the UK’s 100 most influential CIOs in 2017. The CIO 100 recognises the value senior business technology executives provide to their organisations.

O’Riordan was appointed to CPIO at the FT in February of 2016, where she is now responsible for product and technology across the FT Group, leading platform and product strategy, development and operations. O’Riordan has piloted the successful launch of the new FT.com, now the fastest major news website in the world. The redesign focused heavily on reader engagement and satisfaction while also increasing ad viewability and directly impacting revenue.

Cait O’Riordan said: “I am honoured to feature in this year’s CIO 100. It is inspiring and motivating to have the work of my great team at the Financial Times recognised by the industry, particularly because of our commitment to approaching technology from a product perspective.”

Edward Qualtrough, editor of CIO UK said: “As a CIO with product ownership responsibilities, who has worked in startups and has experience outside ‘IT’, Cait is the epitome of what many believe the CIO role should be: a board-level operator and strategic customer-focused business executive with a dose of technology leadership.”

Ian Cohen, CIO 100 judge and former CTO at FT.com, said: “It’s rare to see a CIO place so well in their first year in a role, but Cait has hit the ground running at time of immense change and challenge in the media sector. In my view Cait beautifully summarises where I believe technology leadership needs to be: extending beyond its traditional boundaries embracing product and customer engagement alongside technical excellence. Indeed, it sets the standard for where the CIO should be focused as part of the current digital narrative.”

O’Riordan is a former broadcast journalist with a deep understanding of the news media. Prior to joining the Financial Times, she worked in a number of senior product roles, including overseeing the BBC’s cross-platform digital product for the London 2012 Olympics. She was most recently vice president of product at digital music company Shazam.

Read more about Cait O’Riordan’s work here, and find the full CIO 100 list here.

FT.com and How to Spend It honoured at 2017 newsawards

6 April 2017: The Financial Times was recognised in two categories at last night’s newsawards, winning News Website of the Year for FT.com and National Supplement of the Year for luxury lifestyle magazine How to Spend It.

FT.com remains one of the fastest news sites in the world, loading in 1.5 seconds on desktop and 2.1 on mobile. The judges said the “standard of journalism across FT’s editorial spectrum was of the highest standard” and when “coupled with it’s improved speedier site, makes it a gold standard website.”

Bede McCarthy, director of product at the FT, said: “We are delighted that FT.com has been globally recognised at both the newsawards and Press Awards in the past month. The site’s success is testament to the incredible commitment and tight integration of our research, UX, design, engineering and product management teams, and close collaboration with our editorial colleagues”.

FT’s award winning luxury supplement How To Spend It was repeatedly described by the judges as “excellent”. The “fantastic high-end product” was praised for “maximising the established brand with confidence”. The judges also applauded the “eye-catching glossy” for its “print quality, choice of paper stock, reproduction and design.”

How To Spend It editor Gillian De Bono commented: “This is the fifteenth time we have received this award and it is a huge testament to the skills and commitment of our tremendously hard working team that How to Spend It is consistently recognised as the industry leader.”

The FT was commended in the National Newspaper of the Year and International Digital Innovation of the Year categories.

 

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For more information please contact:

Catherine Goacher | catherine.goacher@ft.com | +44 (0) 20 7873 4181

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 850,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

FT Technology wins at DevOps, Digiday Awards

March 24, 2017: This week, the Financial Times’ technology team took home the top prize for Best DevOps Transformation at the DevOps Excellence Awards 2017. The FT’s skill in technology was also recognized at the Digiday Publishing Awards, where it won Best use of Technology for its next-generation website.

The DevOps Excellence Awards showcase outstanding achievement from organisations and people working within DevOps. DevOps refers to collaboration between software developers who create new software, and technical operations teams who maintain systems.

The FT’s Technology department has undergone significant transformation over the past few years, as multidisciplinary teams now collaborate to build and maintain effective systems rather than operate in a production line type structure. Bringing technical teams closer to journalists means the FT is better equipped to deliver world-class journalism to readers in the formats they want.

The FT DevOps team was recognised for embracing agile working and substantially reducing the amount of time required to roll out new systems into production, moving from an average of four months in 2013 to just minutes in 2017.

The Financial Times was also awarded for its use of technology at the annual Digiday Publishing Awards in New York. The awards recognize the best global digital publishing innovation by publishers, brands, agencies and technology platforms.

The FT’s US Online News Editor, Emiliya Mychasuk, accepted the award last night honoring the redesign of FT.com. It is now one of the fastest news sites in the world on both desktop and mobile, featuring a host of personalisation and customisation features, in addition to a clean, elegant design.

The full list of DevOps winners is here; the full list of Digiday winners is here.

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