The Wincott Awards for 2016
12 December, 2016
The trustees of The Wincott Foundation invite nominations and applications for the six awards for the best business, economic and financial journalism in 2016.
Four of the awards are open to journalists working in any medium - print, on-line, broadcasting - or, indeed, across all media. The other two are restricted to, respectively; audio and video journalism. Entrants may enter in more than one category.
The core objective of the awards is to recognise outstanding achievement in the fields of economic, business and financial journalism that is widely read, heard or viewed in the UK. The criteria which the judges take into account are clarity, depth of understanding and, above all, the ability to address complex topics in a way that is intelligible to the lay person while remaining authoritative.
The judges are open to a range of styles and formats, from analytical features and documentaries on economic issues through to reporting on companies and industries. Scoops and "exclusives" are assessed to a large degree on the extent to which the news is used to explain and broaden understanding of issues. While the awards are for work completed in 2016, continuity is valued so work in previous years will be taken into consideration. Journalists working in more than one medium are encouraged to demonstrate the full range of their work. Individual reporters and commentators can apply, as can teams of journalists engaged in a specific story, broadcast or project.
THE SIX AWARDS ARE:
THE WINCOTT JOURNALISM OF THE YEAR AWARD: to an individual or team making the best contribution to financial, business and economic journalism in 2016. (Up to £5,000 in total, depending on the number of recipients.)
THE WINCOTT AWARD FOR VIDEO JOURNALISM: awarded to a team or individual judged to have produced the best video programme in 2016, which can be a single programme, a series of programmes or continual coverage on a news or current affairs programme. (Up to £5,000 in total, depending on the number of recipients.)
THE WINCOTT AWARD FOR AUDIO JOURNALISM: awarded to a team or individual judged to have produced the best audio programme in 2016, which can be a single programme, series of programmes or continual coverage on a news or current affairs programme. (Up to £5,000 in total, depending on the number of recipients.)
THE WINCOTT YOUNG JOURNALIST AWARD: to an individual journalist under the age of 28 at the end of 2016, working in any medium. (£1,000)
THE WINCOTT AWARD FOR PERSONAL FINANCE JOURNALISM IN 2016: to an individual or team making the best contribution to reporting or analysis of personal finance issues, including investigative work, focused upon the interests of consumers, in any medium or mix of media. (£1,500)
THE WINCOTT AWARD FOR FINANCIAL JOURNALISM IN THE UK NATIONS AND REGIONS in 2016: to an individual or team in any medium making the best contribution to business journalism outside London. (£1,500) This award will be made only if the judges consider there is an entry of sufficient merit.
The judging panel
The judging panel is composed of Sir Geoffrey Owen, Sir Richard Lambert, Professor Ian Hargreaves, Christopher Hird, Rachel Lomax, Dame Frances Cairncross, John O'Higgins and Ian Rodger. (See thumbnail sketches below.)
How to Apply
Note: There is no entry form as such.
Print and online entries should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should consist of up to five examples of the nominated work published during 2016. Entries can be in the form of documents (eg, .doc, .docx, .pdf, zip) or clearly delineated links to relevant items. A supporting letter from an editor may be included. (If the documents are very large, please use Dropbox or similar cloud-based public storage service. If web-located pieces are password protected, please provide password.)
Audio and video entries can be submitted by broadcasters, independent producers or programme makers individually, as appropriate. Only programmes which received their first UK transmission during 2016 are eligible. In the case of series, only one programme from a series may be entered but a page describing the series may be attached to the entry. In the case of news programmes or continuing coverage by a correspondent, five items may be entered as one entry. Television entries must be both on DVD and a downloadable link, radio entries on CD. Seven copies of the DVDs and CDs are requested.
Broadcast entries should be posted to: Gwen Thurston, Dartmouth Films, Room S12, West Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA. Emails should be sent to email@example.com.
Multimedia entries: Entries that include both broadcast and print/online material should be sent to both addresses above, in complete form to both and respecting the requirements for each.
Applications for all Wincott awards should be received no later than 15 February, 2017.
For further information,
The Wincott Foundation
Notes for editors
1. The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day. It seeks to contribute to a better understanding of economic issues, principally by supporting and encouraging high-quality economic, financial and business journalism, in the UK and internationally. The Foundation believes that the media - print, broadcast and on-line - have an important role to play in reporting, explaining and commenting on economic and business developments. Accurate, objective and well-informed economic reporting and analysis in the media are essential ingredients of a well-functioning market economy.
2. The judges:
Sir Richard Lambert is chairman of The Wincott Foundation. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The British Museum and a former Editor of the Financial Times. He was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry from 2006 to 2011.
Sir Geoffrey Owen is the former chairman of The Wincott Foundation. He is a former Editor of the Financial Times, and is currently Visiting Professor at King's College, London.
Rachel Lomax is an economist and former senior civil servant. She was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and sat on the Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2008. She is senior independent director of HSBC Holdings plc and a director of Serco Group plc and Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.
Christopher Hird is a trustee of the Wincott Foundation. He is a former investment analyst and financial journalist, and founder and managing director of Dartmouth Films Ltd, the documentary production company. He was founding Chair of the Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation and is a trustee of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and One World Media.
Professor Ian Hargreaves, a trustee of the Wincott Foundation, is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University. He is a former Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, former director of BBC news & current affairs, and former editor of The Independent and the New Statesman.
John O'Higgins, a trustee of The Wincott Foundation, is chief executive of Spectris plc, a specialist instrumentation and controls group. John has engineering degrees from University College Dublin and Purdue University and an MBA from INSEAD. He began his career with Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart.
Dame Frances Cairncross is a former economic journalist and a past joint winner of a Young Wincott award (she later married the other winner). She wrote an economic column for The Guardian and was subsequently a senior editor on The Economist. She now chairs the Court of Heriot-Watt University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Ian Rodger is Secretary of The Wincott Foundation. He is a former journalist at the Financial Times.