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Hurst wins journalism award for Garden Bridge investigation

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AJ managing editor Will Hurst named PPA Digital Awards Content Individual of the Year, while AJ publisher Plexus wins Digital Publisher prize

Hurst won the Content Individual of the Year trophy at the awards held in central London last night (Tuesday November 8) for his investigation into the Garden Bridge, with judges praising him as the ‘clear winner’ against three other nominees.

AJ’s publisher, Plexus, was also named PPA Business Media Digital Publisher of the Year. The AJ was nominated for Content Team of the Year and Website of the Year, with sister publication The Architectural Review shortlisted for Video Output of the Year.

Hurst’s investigation, which has relied on more than 20 Freedom of Information requests, was recently featured on BBC Newsnight and praised in the House of Commons by MP Kate Hoey.

Hurst was also commended in the AOP Digital Publishing Awards in July in the ‘Digital Journalist of the Year’ category.

The PPA judges said: ‘Will’s entry stood out from an extremely talented shortlist to make him a clear winner in this category, demonstrating the continuing importance and value of “proper journalism” in the multi-platform landscape.

‘Will is an individual who goes above and beyond, really stepping up to meet the needs of his audience and the wider market, with the topics he covers are often the most-viewed stories.

‘His acclaimed work has won him praise from politicians, campaigners and fellow journalists alike, and our judges described him as a real credit to our industry.’

The judges said Plexus - which was formerly known as EMAP - had had a ‘stellar year’.

One judge commented: ’Plexus and [parent company] Ascential are now a major force in UK business media and thoroughly deserve this crowning as PPA Business Media Digital Publisher of the Year for 2016.’

The awards were presented by comedian Mark Watson. 

Results in full


Recognising an individual who consistently produces high-quality content that resonates with the target audience across digital channels


  • Sarah Allard, GoodtoKnow, Time Inc. UK 
  • WINNER: Will Hurst, The Architects’ Journal, Plexus, Ascential
  • Sarah Karmali, Harper’s Bazaar, Hearst Magazines UK
  • Tom McMullan, Alphr, Dennis Publishing 


Recognising an outstanding Business Media publisher who is leading the charge in the digital arena


  • The Drum 
  • Incisive Media
  • WINNER: Plexus, Ascential
  • RCNi

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