Financial Times lands eight 2020 Press Awards

Today journalists and staff from the Financial Times have been recognised by the Press Awards 2020. The FT received eight awards in total, and multiple commendations, testament to an outstanding year of journalism.

Award winners and comments from the Press Awards Judges:

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year: Dan McCrum

“With indefatigable commitment to exposing the trust and at great personal risk, McCrum delivered the Wirecard story. A remarkable piece of investigative journalism that led to the downfall of a rogue company.”

Business and Finance Team of the Year: Wirecard reporting

“Who watches the watchmen? This hugely significant investigation shows that when regulators and auditors fail, it falls to the fearless and determined specialist journalists to expose wrongdoing.”

Data Journalist of the Year (joint winner): John Burn-Murdoch

“Leading the way in use of data during the Covid crisis, Burn-Murdoch has given readers both across the FT and Twitter the tools to fully comprehend and track the pandemic. Immersive graphics and interactives which are deployed in a comprehensive yet intelligent form.”

Digital Initiative of the Year: FT coronavirus tracker

“The gold standard for Covid-19 data tracking, analysis and presentation. From the live updates, which have become the go-to for journalists and readers alike, to the stories extracted from it for print and online.”

Driving Diversity Award: FT Early Career and Future Talent Programmes

“Offering a wide range of proactive and committed initiatives backed up with paid support, the FT is making real strides in establishing a legacy to remove the socio-economic barriers for those entering journalism. These programmes offer opportunities for young people and otherwise underrepresented communities to have their voices heard in newsrooms.”

Fashion Journalist of the Year (joint winner): Lauren Indvik

“Offering informed insight to FT readers into the business of fashion, Indvik looks beyond fleeting trends to seek the answer to what is really going on. Incredible access to industry voices and impressive writing.”

Investigation of the year: Wirecard

“Brave, resourceful and determined Exposé of a global financial scandal which led to the collapse of the Wirecard house of cards.”

Supplement of the Year: FT Weekend Life & Arts

“On top of the news agenda, this confident and smart supplement utterly understands the audience it is serving. Brimming with brilliantly readable and enchanting content, it transports the reader away during their lockdown afternoon.

Highly commended:

  • FT.com (News Website of the Year)
  • Clive Cookson (Science Journalist of the Year)
  • Leslie Hook (Environmental Journalist of the Year)
  • Tim Harford (Specialist Journalist of the Year)
  • David Lee (Technology Journalist of the Year)
  • George Parker (Political Reporter of the Year)
  • Tom Robbins (Travel Journalist of the Year)

More information about the Press Awards 2020 is available on the Society of Editors website.

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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. The FT has a record paying readership of more than one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.