11 March 2015: The Financial Times won the Business Team of the Year category at the Press Awards in London last night for its Silk Road Redux, Silver Economy and Big Tech at Bay series. The awards recognise the work of UK national newspapers in print and on digital platforms.
The judges said the FT’s winning team had “worked strongly across all platforms and disciplines to make business relevant, unpacking the big issues with great readability.”
Pilita Clark took home the Specialist Journalist of the Year award for her World Without Water series. The judges said she presented “highly readable, though deeply disturbing analysis of one of the world’s greatest problems and its harrowing implications.”
Lionel Barber, editor of the FT, said: “I am proud that our peers have recognised the value of the FT’s deep and original reporting in the Press Awards. The prize winning entries underline our global reach and the value of teamwork.”
FT news editor Alec Russell said: “This is a tribute to outstanding and extraordinarily hard work by reporters, editors, designers and so many more across the FT from the West Coast to our peripatetic China teams, via all points in between. These awards are a tribute to cross-border collaboration, planning and delivery of our journalism with a sharp edge and conviction.”
Janan Ganesh was highly commended as Political Journalist of the Year. Judges described his work as “intelligent and idiosynchratic with a revealing style.”
The wins follow the FT’s nominations in five categories at the SABEW awards Best in Business contest, which will be announced in April.