Financial Times journalists were last night among the winners at the 2022 British Journalism Awards in London. Now in their eleventh year, the awards celebrate the best public interest journalism produced for a UK audience.

FT chief data reporter John Burn-Murdoch won Specialist Journalist of the Year, with judges citing his work examining chronic illness in the UK workforce, healthcare privatisation and NHS pressures. They said that Burn-Murdoch’s stories “show how you can use data to provide fresh insight and news lines,” describing him as a “great communicator who creates powerful narratives."

FT reporter and former freelancer Antonia Cundy won the prestigious Marie Colvin Award. The award is given each year to outstanding up-and-coming journalists of the calibre of the late Sunday Times foreign correspondent who was killed while reporting in the Syrian city of Homs in 2012.

The judges said: “What impressed was the quality of her writing, and the fact that, as a freelancer, she had the gumption to get herself to Ukraine and stay there. She found good, original stories, including reporting on corruption in aid delivery and her grisly piece on the dead Russian soldiers shows the lengths to which she will go to get the story. Her work is very much in Marie’s tradition of determination and grit as well as humanity.” 

Cundy, now part of the FT’s special investigations team, was also highly commended in the New Journalist of the Year category. Judges praised her stories for various news outlets about survivors in Mariupol, the counteroffensive in Kharkiv and shortages in Lviv’s hospitals.

Former FT West Africa correspondent Neil Munshi won the prize for Arts and Entertainment Journalism for his reporting from the Central African Republic about Touriste, a Russian propaganda movie that glorifies the Wagner Group. The judges said: “You just wouldn’t read this anywhere else. A great story with big foreign policy implications.”

The 2022 award for Public Service Journalism was given to ‘Journalists for UK media in Ukraine’. The award was accepted by BBC Ukraine presenter Olga Malchevska on behalf of “the hundreds of journalists who have risked their lives reporting from the country this year”. FT journalists Guy Chazan, Polina Ivanova, Tim Judah, Roman Olearchyk, John Reed were among those commended.


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