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AJ's Will Hurst scoops IBP Journalist of the Year title

AJ managing editor wins overall International Building Press prize and two other awards while architecture editor Laura Mark retains Multi-Media journalist title

As well as retaining his News Reporter of the Year crown, Hurst also won the Scoop of the Year category for his March story Heatherwick’s secret Garden Bridge meetings revealed (see AJ 11.03.16).

Hurst’s treble came on the back of his forensic and long-running investigation into the procurement of London’s Garden Bridge. He was praised for his ‘old-fashioned, dogged, investigative journalism’, ’excellent use of the Freedom of Information Act and persistent digging’ (see full citations below).

Meanwhile the AJ’s architecture editor Laura Mark won the title of Multi-media Journalist of the Year for the second year in a row (see AJ 20.11.15).

The AJ had also been nominated for Magazine of the Year and for best Digital Service but lost out to sister titles New Civil Engineer and Construction News respectively.

The winners were announced at the Annual Journalism Awards dinner at the Four Seasons hotel last Thursday night (1 December).

The nominations

IBP JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Will Hurst, The Architects’ Journal [WINNER]

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

  • Will Hurst, The Architects’ Journal [WINNER]
  • Pete Apps, Inside Housing
  • Heather Spurr, Inside Housing

 MULTI-MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Laura Mark, The Architects’ Journal [WINNER]
  • Daniel Kemp, Construction News

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

  • Will Hurst, The Architects’ Journal [WINNER}
  • Pete Apps, Sophie Barnes & Martin Hilditch, Inside Housing
  • Dawn Foster, The Guardian

Judges’ citations:

IBP Journalist of the Year (sponsored by AECOM)

Will Hurst’s submissions in the News and Scoop categories focused on one theme – The Garden Bridge – the result of his investigations has been to ensure that the subject gets the wider audience and scrutiny it deserves.

He has doggedly pursued issues relating to the procurement of one of London’s controversial projects for two years through the use of his industry contacts as well as Freedom of Information requests.

He demonstrated his strong belief in the investigative function of his research and the conclusions in both his three News category articles and his entry in the Scoop of the Year, which uncovered news that will cast further doubt as to how this project has been handled and raise fresh questions about the possible misuse of public funds.

The impact of these articles has had a wide impact and was borne out of excellent use of the Freedom of Information Act, persistent digging, and good journalism.

News reporter of the Year (sponsored by Land Securities)

This category showed that there is still a place for old-fashioned, dogged, investigative journalism. The judges were pleased to see that news reporting is alive and well in the construction trade press.

Although Will Hurst’s submissions focused on one theme – The Garden Bridge – the judges felt he owns this story. The result of his investigations has been to ensure the subject gets the scrutiny it deserves in the wider world.

Multi-media Journalist of the Year (sponsored by IBP)

The entries were excellent and stood out against the industry norm, and there was a clear winner.

Laura Mark is growing in stature as a multi-media journalist with an energetic, enthusiastic and professional attitude to the world of architecture. She generates excitement and is not afraid to talk on ambitious projects.

Scoop of the Year (sponsored by FTI Consulting)

The standard of this year’s entries was very high and again showed how journalists covering Britain’s built environment are at the top of their game. Entries from industry publications were particularly impressive and revealed how frequently trade magazines often beat the nationals to a story.

Will Hurst has doggedly pursued issues relating to the procurement of London’s controversial Garden Bridge for two years through use of his industry contacts as well as Freedom of Information requests.

Once again his detailed article has uncovered news that will cast further doubt as to how this project has been handled and raise fresh questions about the possible misuse of public funds.

It is an admirable Scoop that has had a wide impact and was borne out of excellent use of the Freedom of Information Act and persistent digging.


 

 

 

 

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