The shortlist for the British Press Awards has been announced. The winners will be revealed at the awards night on 31 March at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
People I will be rooting for because they are friends:
Reporter of the Year: Patrick Cockburn, The Independent
Foreign Reporter of the Year: Rupert Cornwell, The Independent
Digital Journalist of the Year: Paul Murphy, Financial Times
Business journalist of the year is tough since I know several and they have done a fab job. But Gillian Tett of the FT has covered the difficult issues in the credit markets for years and came as close to calling this right as anyone could. I admire her journalism hugely and feel no-one has done more to iluminate this world for me in the last three years. [Update: Gillian is also on the list for journalist of the year which I feel is richly deserved.]
This event is hardly the Pullitzers, for overseas readers; the US and UK news industries are very different and their awards (and awards ceremonies) are, uh, culturally specific.