Investigation of the Year

Investigation of the Year

Investigation of the Year

This award is for the most incisive and revelatory public interest investigation of the year. The judges will be looking for work which is compelling and which brings significant new information to light on a matter of public interest. You cannot enter the same work in the Campaign and Investigation categories. The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.

For print/online entries, please provide up to five examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to five clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included. Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024 and aimed at a UK audience. 

Dan Neidle

Tax Policy Associates

The judges said: “This was a determined and forensic investigation carried out in the face of continual legal intimidation.”

Susie Coen

Daily Mail: Smart Motorways Horrors Exposed

The judges said: “This gruelling investigation led to the government scrapping a hugely expensive and deadly transport initiative. It was an investigation which was praised by the Transport Secretary himself who said it would undoubtedly save lives.”

Susie Coen of the Daily Mail picks up the Investigation of the Year award at the British Journalism Awards 2022. Picture:

Greensill Capital

Financial Times

Greensill Capital –  Financial Times

The judges said: “This was an extraordinary team investigation exposing corruption at the highest levels of politics and business.”

Financial Times team of Jim Pickard, Robert Smith, Cynthia O’Murchú and Arash Massoudi pick up the Investigation of the Year award at the British Journalism Awards 2021 from Jeremy Vine and judge Heather Brooke

Richard Bilton, Andrew Head, David Gray, David Howell, Seamas McCracken, Farhad Mohammadi, Matt Bardo, Hannah O’Grady and Rachel Jupp – BBC Panorama (in collaboration with Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnott and David Collins of the Sunday Times Insight team)

War crimes scandal exposed

Did UK Special Forces murder Afghan children?

UK government and military accused of war crimes cover-up

The judges said: “This was an example of proper determination to tell an important story that was guaranteed to cause offence to senior government and military officials. It took the resources of the BBC to investigate this global story touching on Afghanistan and Iraq. It was particularly significant in the context of the Overseas Operations Bill, which seeks to impose a shorter five-year limit on prosecutions against soldiers serving overseas, as it this shows that atrocities can take a long time to come light.”

Claire Newell, Telegraph Investigation Team

The Telegraph

Britain’s #Metoo Scandal

Judges said: “The Telegraph fought through the courts for the right to tell this story against a wealthy and powerful opponent in Philip Green – one of the most litigious people in business. This was brave journalism which required a huge amount of impressive research and a good deal of dogged determination to see it through.”