Newspaper Journalist of the Year

For the three best news stories, or one series of three news stories on any one topic, which appeared in print or online between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021. Any series submitted should not exceed three articles. Work published or broadcast between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2021 relating to the COVID pandemic ONLY will also be accepted.


Submitted work must have been produced in Wales, for an audience in Wales. 


You must:

  • Provide your stories as PDFs of the page(s) on which they appeared, or links to electronic versions of your work. It is a condition of entry that these links must be live, and remain live, until the end of March 2022. Please ensure you provide any passwords required. Failure to do so may result in disqualification

  • Only submit one entry for this category

  • Supply a supporting statement (maximum 300 words), explaining your work and how it was obtained/produced


Judges will be looking for:

  • All-round quality in depth and breadth of news gathering and reporting

  • Stories which enlighten readers / listeners /viewers, and provide answers

  • Work which is exclusive

  • Exposés, campaigns and investigative journalism

  • Insight, analysis, or examination of the context of stories

  • Journalism which results in change or which makes an identifiable impact (social, political, corporate, organisational), along with evidence of that change

  • Use of a range of multimedia platforms and graphics to enhance and develop the story

  • Evidence of work that went into getting the story - the number of sources used

  • Originality and creativity – for example, stories exploring new angles on familiar topics

  • Style of writing/delivery, the use of language

  • Story construction and structure – clarity of presentation of the story, compelling lead/opening

  • Ability to distil and present complex topics in an understandable and accessible way

  • Accuracy, fairness and balance of reporting


The organisers reserve the right to mention any entrants to this category and to display any of the work they enter in any publicity and marketing relating to the competition without copyright infringement.


The decision of the judges in this category is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


PLEASE NOTE: It is important that you observe these criteria since failure to do so may result in your entry being disqualified.