BIBA Journalist of the Year Awards 2009

BIBA Journalist of the Year Awards 2009

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) invites you to enter its prestigious annual Journalist of the Year Awards 2009.

Open to journalists who have written or broadcast on general insurance subjects in the last year, these awards aim to recognise the important contribution that journalists make in promoting a better understanding and awareness of general insurance issues.

The awards

National, regional and trade journalists are eligible to enter the nine categories, each one carrying a prize of £750 for the winner. One highly commended entry in each category will also receive £150.

New for 2009

We have now incorporated two new categories into the awards

The individual categories are:

· Trade News Award: open to trade journalists who have written technical news articles in the trade press.

· Trade Feature Award: open to trade journalists who have written an insurance feature article for trade publications.

· Consumer Award: open to national journalists who have produced articles focusing on consumer-facing insurance issues.

· Business Award: open to national journalists who have produced print, broadcast and online articles focusing on general insurance issues affecting business.

· Regional Award: open to regional journalists who produce articles about regional insurance issues. The articles may be consumer or business focused.

· Gary Hyndman Most Promising Newcomer Award: open to all journalists who are just starting out covering insurance related issues. The Award is named in the memory of the late Gary Hyndman, who sadly passed away in March 2006.

· Scoop of the Year: open to all journalists who were responsible for breaking an important insurance news story during the last year.

· NEW AWARD - Best Campaign Award: open to all journalists and media outlets that develop the best campaigns driving awareness of key insurance issues amongst customers or industry, and generating measurable change.

· NEW AWARD - Best Interview / Profile Award: open to all journalists who develop the best researched, most informative and most engaging interview with an individual or profile of an organisation within the insurance industry.

Criteria and submissions

The judges will look for entries which raise awareness of general insurance subjects and help the audience to gain a greater insight into general insurance issues. Originality, style, and quality of research and investigation will also be assessed.

· All Awards require two separate general insurance articles to be provided to constitute an entry. Any supporting materials sent alongside other entries will be discounted.

· The Gary Hyndman Most Promising Newcomer Award must be accompanied by a supportive statement from the editor (max 150 words).

· The Best Campaign Award must be accompanied by an executive summary (max 250 words) and up to five pages of supporting material.

Print, broadcast and online pieces produced between 1st February 2008 and 1st February 2009 are eligible for submission. Please enter online at www.biba.org.uk The deadline for submissions is Monday 16th March 2009.

Only emailed submissions will be accepted. Please click here for entry form and email it along with your entries to Rebecca Pledge at pledger@biba.org.uk

Previous winners

Previous BIBA Journalist of the Year Award winners include, Stephen Womack, Mail on Sunday, Jonathan Swift, Post Magazine; James Daley, The Independent; Yvette Essen, Daily Telegraph; Jane Hall, Newcastle Journal; Helen Nugent, The Times; Christine Seib, The Times; Jenny Knight, Sunday Telegraph; Paul Charles, BBC Radio 4; Rachel Gordon, formerly editor of Insurance Age and Edmund Tirbutt, freelance, for the Mail on Sunday and Telegraph.

I do hope you will take the opportunity of entering these awards and I hope you will be able to join us at the awards ceremony to be held in central London in the Summer.

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