Technology Journalism

For the journalist who has done the most over the course of the year to investigate the world of technology. 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 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. 



Stephanie Kirchgaessner

The Guardian

Jeff Bezos hack: Amazon boss’s phone ‘hacked by Saudi crown prince’

Phone of top Catalan politician ‘targeted by government-grade spyware’

Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US

The judges described Kirchgaessner’s story, breaking allegations that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ mobile phone was hacked by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, as “powerful” and “important well-researched journalism, creating a powerful narrative”. They added: “We know what the Saudis do to journalists they don’t like so it was not without personal risk too.”

Mehul Srivastava

Financial Times

How London became a test case for using facial recognition in democracies

London’s King’s Cross uses facial recognition in security cameras

Who’s using your face? The ugly truth about facial recognition

Judges said: “This was an incredible investigation which had global impact and was conducted at some personal risk. It led to immediate action from tech companies to make their networks more secure.”