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News 14/02/2017

Little Atoms editor to chair judges of 2017 Paul Foot Award

The Private Eye Paul Foot Award returns this year, to honour the very best in investigative and campaigning journalism. Padraig Reidy, editor of Little Atoms, will chair the judging panel.

The winning entry will be awarded £5,000 at an evening awards ceremony on 20 June 2017 at BAFTA, London.

Ian Hislop, the Editor of Private Eye said: “At a time when the public is being offered the post-truth, the alternative truth and nothing like the truth, we thought it was time to revive a celebration of what defined Foot’s work and what is his continuing legacy - the great spirit of informed, eloquent, obstinate enquiry.”

He is delighted to announce that this year’s esteemed panel of judges will include:

  • Julia Langdon, Political Journalist and Broadcaster
  • Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
  • Helen Lewis, New Statesman
  • Amol Rajan, BBC Media Editor
  • Francis Wheen, Private Eye
  • Matt Foot, criminal defence solicitor
  • Padraig Reidy, Little Atoms, Chair of Judges

Padraig Reidy, Chair of Judges, The Private Eye Paul Foot Award, said: “As the world frets about fake news, the judges are looking forward to reading entries that remind us of rigorous campaigning journalism at its best. It’s a privilege for all the judges to be involved in this year’s Private Eye Paul Foot Award, celebrating campaigning journalism carried out with purpose and style.”

Entry Details

Download the entry form here

Submissions will be accepted for material that has been published in a newspaper or magazine in the UK, or on a website, between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017. No broadcast material is eligible. Individual journalists, teams of journalists or entire publications may enter and entries will be considered for anything from a single piece to entire campaigns. Journalists are welcome to enter more than one campaign, but each campaign needs to be submitted using a separate entry form. Maximum of 2 entries.

Entries should be marked “PAUL FOOT AWARD 2017” and must be submitted by POST ONLY to:

Private Eye 
6 Carlisle Street 
London W1D 3BN 

Entries to be received by 5pm on 31 March 2017. The closing date for entries is final, no extension can be offered. Submmissions received after the closing date will not be eligible for entry. 

Details of the short-listed entries will be published in May 2017 and the winning entry will be awarded £5,000. The judges decision is final.

Good luck!

The award was set up in memory of revered investigative journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004.

Paul Foot, an investigative journalist, editor and left-wing campaigner, worked variously for the Daily Record, the Daily Mirror, The Guardian and Private Eye. He was involved in many high-profile campaigns throughout his illustrious career, including the Birmingham Six, the Bridgewater Four and the John Poulson scandal. His accolades include the Journalist of the Year, the Campaigning Journalist of the Year, the George Orwell Prize for Journalism and in 2000 he was honoured as the Campaigning Journalist of the Decade. Paul Foot died in 2004 at the age of 66. 

All queries should be directed to:

Tracey Jennings, Midas PR
Tel: 020 7361 7860 


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