Talent watch-list: Awards open for entry

By March 27, 2024Public

Emily Townsend: named as one of the 30 To Watch rising stars

The 30 To Watch awards, presented by the MHP Group, has become an important showcase for the rising stars of journalism. Previous winners include Sophy Ridge from Sky News, Marianna Spring from the BBC, Oliver Shah at the Sunday Times and Cristina Criddle from the FT.

Health journalists have always featured in the awards, which celebrate the UK’s most talented and influential journalists under the age of 30. MJA members who have been named as one of the 30 To Watch in previous years include Emily Townsend of the Health Service Journal, Rebecca Thomas, then HSJ, now health correspondent for the Independent and Carolyn Wickware of the Pharmaceutical Journal.

Recognising good work


And this year there is a specific health category, with MJA chair, Shaun Lintern, as one of the judges. 

Shaun Lintern: MJA Chair and one of the 30 To Watch judges

Shaun says, “It’s an honour to be asked to represent the MJA and judge these awards. When you’re just starting out in journalism and trying to make a name for yourself it’s important your good work is recognised.

“The MHP Group awards will highlight the extraordinary talent we have in the UK and I am really pleased that health has its own distinct category — because at the MJA we know how much great work goes on by younger journalists new to this challenging beat.

Free entry


“I am looking forward to these youngsters taking me to school. Get your entries in now to be in with a chance.”

It is free to enter and entries close of April 19. Click here for more information and online entry

Categories and judges


Entries are invited across ten categories:

  • City & Business

  • Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle

  • Health

  • International Affairs

  • News & Investigations

  • Personal Finance & Consumer Affairs

  • Politics

  • Production

  • Science, Environment & Technology a

  • And Sport (new for 2024).

The full list of judges is:

  • John Ryley, Former Head of Sky News

  • Laura Wilshaw, Deputy Editor, Channel 4 News

  • Paul Morgan-Bentley, Head of Investigations, The Times

  • Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, The Financial Times

  • Francesca Washtell, Executive City Editor, Mail on Sunday

  • Robert Guest, Deputy Editor, The Economist

  • Shekhar Bhatia, Senior Reporter, MailOnline

  • Kat Lay, Global Health Correspondent, The Guardian

  • Shaun Lintern, Health Editor, The Sunday Times

  • Ben O’Driscoll, Executive News Editor, The Sun

  • Jennifer Savin, Features Editor, Cosmopolitan

  • Kerri-Ann Roper, Head of Entertainment and Features, PA Media

  • Ben Wilkinson, Head of Money, The Telegraph

  • Colletta Smith, Cost of Living Correspondent, BBC News

  • Shivali Best, Executive Science and Tech Editor, MailOnline

  • John Stevens, Political Editor, Daily Mirror

  • Anne Alexander, Head of Politics, GMB

  • Daniel Hewitt, Investigations Editor, ITV News

  • Richard Frediani, Editor, BBC Breakfast

  • Anthony France, Senior News Correspondent, Evening Standard

  • Adam Crafton, Football Writer, The Athletic.

The 30 To Watch: Journalism awards are free to enter, entries close Friday 19 April.

For more information visit: https://www.mhpgroup.com/30-to-watch/journalism-2024/

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