Sports Journalism

Sports Journalism

This is for the sports journalist who has done the most to investigate the world of sport and serve the public interest.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 three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up to 500 words must also be included. Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 and aimed at a UK audience. 



Matt Lawton

The Times

Mo Farah: If I were looking on, I’d be asking questions too

Stars’ phone records ‘fixed’

Shameful secret of UK Athletics chief Zara Hyde Peters that only came to light by chance

 

The judges said: “Matt Lawton’s entries exemplify his professionalism achieved over many years. His interview with Mo Farah at his training camp provides a stunning insight into an ongoing story. Exceptional reporting which has resulted in one criminal investigation into Sport Mobile and the resignation of chief executive Zara Hyde Peters after an extraordinary safeguarding revelation involving her husband. Securing the interview with Farah shows Matt Lawton’s ability to gain trust while asking the difficult questions.”


Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott

Sunday Times Insight

Exclusive investigation: Qatar’s secret $880m World Cup payments to Fifa

Take it or leave it: Qatar’s lucrative World Cup offer to Fifa

Russia faces new Olympics ban over doping

Judges said: “These were astonishing stories with ongoing global impact. It was classic Sunday Times Insight journalism – they held their nerve and refused to back off.”