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Journalists' Charity
Wales Media Awards 2020
H E A D L I N E   S P O N S O R



The shortlist for the Journalists' Charity Wales Media Awards 2020

has been announced.


The competition’s 35 independent judges made their selection from the 240 entries received this year from individual print, online, radio and television journalists and from newspapers, web outlets and broadcasters.


Category finalists are listed in no particular order.



Magazine of the Year

Sponsored by Journalists’ Charity

Swansea Bay Business Life

Weekend Magazine, Western Mail

Wales Business Insider

The Business


Camera Operator of the Year

Sponsored by Celf Creative

James Harries, ITV  Cymru Wales

Max Evans, BBC Cymru Wales

Geraint Thomas, BBC Cymru Wales


Community Journalism of the Year

Sponsored by ITV Cymru Wales

Grangetown Community News

Caerphilly Observer

Cwmbran Life


Feature Writer of the Year

Sponsored by S4C Clic

Anna Lewis, Wales Online

Will Hayward, Media Wales

Kitty Corrigan, Country Living magazine

Estel Farell-Roig, Wales Online

Robert Harries, Wales Online


Columnist of the Year

Sponsored by Mercure Hotels, Cardiff

Lynne Barrett-Lee, Western Mail

Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Professor Laura McAllister, Western Mail

Matthew Paul, Pembrokeshire Herald


Photographer of the Year

Sponsored by Natasha Hirst Photography

Rob Browne, Media Wales

Matthew Lofthouse, Y Clwb Pêl Droed

Ian Cooper, North Wales Daily Post

Jonathan Myers, South Wales Evening Post

Chris Fairweather, Huw Evans Picture Agency


Vlog/Blog of the Year

Sponsored by Liberty Marketing

Welsh Rugby Podcast

Dai Sport

Cardiff Rugby Web

Gourmet Gorro


Newspaper Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by University of South Wales

Kelly Williams, Daily Post

Chris Pyke, Media Wales

Cathy Owen, Media Wales

Liz Perkins, South Wales Evening Post

Mari Jones, Daily Post

Marcus Hughes, Wales Online


Audio News Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by Journalists’ Charity

Stephen Fairclough, BBC Cymru Wales

Colette Hume, BBC Cymru Wales

Kayley Thomas, BBC Cymru Wales


Television News Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by NUJ Training Wales

Nick Hartley, BBC Cymru Wales

Hannah Thomas, ITV Cymru Wales

James Crichton-Smith, ITV Cymru Wales

Geraint Thomas , BBC Cymru Wales

Rob Osborne, ITV Cymru Wales


News Website of the Year

Sponsored by Openreach

ITV Cymru Wales

Wales Online

Caerphilly Observer

Leader Live

North Wales Live


Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year

Sponsored by Western Power Distribution

Western Mail

South Wales Echo

Daily Post

The Leader


Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Sponsored by Western Power Distribution

Powys County Times

Cambrian News

Western Telegraph


Specialist Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by Welsh Government

Estel Farell-Roig, Wales Online

Caleb Spencer, BBC Cymru Wales

Liz Day, Media Wales

Geraint Thomas, BBC Cymru Wales

Aled Dyfed Scourfield, BBC Cymru Wales

Abbie Wightwick, Media Wales


Political Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by Grayling

Mark Hutchings, BBC Cymru Wales

Will Hayward, Media Wales

Martin Shipton, Media Wales

Owain Phillips, ITV Cymru Wales


Audio News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Sponsored by Cleartech Live

Manylu, BBC Radio Cymru

Post Cyntaf, BBC Radio Cymru

Eye on Wales: Contaminated Blood, BBC Radio Wales


Sports Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by Cardiff University

Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Paul Abbandonato, Media Wales

Simon Thomas, Wales Online

Fraser Watson, Western Telegraph

Tom Coleman, Media Wales

Dafydd Pritchard, BBC Cymru Wales


The Ed Townsend Student of the Year

Sponsored by National Union of Journalists

Daniel Bevan, University of South Wales

Peter Gillibrand, Cardiff University

Greg Caine, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Nest Jenkins, Cardiff University


TV News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Sponsored by Spencer David

Code Blue: Murder, MultiStory Media Cymru for ITV

Y Byd ar Bedwar, S4C

BBC Wales Investigates, BBC Cymru Wales

Wales This Week: Who Cares?, ITV Cymru Wales


Young Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by Aston Martin

Ben James, Wales Online

Elen Hannah Davies, ITV Cymru Wales

Marcus Hughes, Wales Online

Anna Lewis, Wales Online



The Awards will be presented at a prestigious black tie Ceremony at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, on 20 March 2020 hosted by BBC Cymru Wales presenter Lucy Owen and ITV Cymru Wales’ Jonathan Hill.


The evening is the major Welsh fundraiser for the Journalists’ Charity, which supports working and retired journalists in urgent need with advice, grants and other forms of financial assistance, and will include a sparkling wine reception, three course meal, the presentation of the Awards, and plenty of opportunity for socialising and networking with media colleagues from around Wales with a late bar until 1.00am.  


We hope very much you will join us with your friends and colleagues for a night to celebrate high quality journalism in Wales.  


Standard price tickets are just £90 each, and tables for 10 are priced at £875. Entrants shortlisted for the Community Journalism of the Year and Ed Townsend Student Journalist of the Year Categories ONLY qualify for ONE ticket per entry at the reduced rate of £58.


To buy your tickets, click HERE


We look forward to seeing you.



The Wales Media Awards are organised on behalf of the Journalists’ Charity by Spencer David with the support of headline sponsor Camelot. Other sponsors are Aston Martin, Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Grayling, ITV Cymru Wales, Liberty, National Union of Journalists, NUJ Training Wales, Openreach, S4C Clic, University of South Wales, Welsh Government and Western Power Distribution.


Further support has come from Celf Creative, Cleartech Live, Natasha Hirst Photography, and Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

The Wales Media Awards are judged by senior and respected journalists who are completely independent of the Awards organisers and the Journalists’ Charity.

The Awards are organised by Spencer David with the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners.

The Awards are a fundraiser for the Journalists’ Charity in Wales which helps journalists and their dependants with advice, grants and other forms of financial assistance.



In the light of the continuing coronavirus situation, the Wales Committee of the Journalists’ Charity has decided to further postpone the Wales Media Awards 2020 ceremony scheduled for Friday 6 November at the Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.


A new date for the 2020 Awards ceremony has been fixed for Friday 30 April 2021 at the same venue. All tickets booked for the original event on 20 March will be honoured and remain valid for the new date, so no action is required. However, if any individual knows they will be unable to attend on the new date, please contact wma@spencerdavid.co.uk to arrange a refund.


If you have booked rooms to stay in the Holland House on Friday night, please contact the hotel directly.

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Email us  wma@spencerdavid.co.uk

Phone 07502 575780


The Journalists’ Charity is the working name of the Newspaper Press Fund and is a registered charity in England and Wales (208215) and Scotland (SC042405)

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