The CIPR Education Journalism Awards 2014, held in central London last night, recognised the best in UK education journalism across print, web and broadcast.
Deputy news editor John Morgan won the Outstanding Higher Education Journalism category for his feature focusing on the University of Central Lancashire’s Cyprus campus. Judges called it a “fascinating article combining higher education, international relations, politics, history, security, funding and one UK university’s controversial overseas campus”.
Social media reporter Chris Parr – the driving force behind THE’s @timeshighered Twitter account – took home the award for Outstanding Online Education Commentary. His work attracted praise for its “great use of the tools of online media to create engagement and illuminate his subjects”.
Writer Holly Else was runner-up in the Most Promising Newcomer to Education Journalism category with a piece exploring the differing experiences of five PhD students. Judges described the article as “a well-written and insightful feature covering the dilemmas – academic, professional and personal – facing doctoral students today”.
THE also had two of the five nominations in the Outstanding National Education Journalism category, for senior research reporter Paul Jump and Chris Parr, and two further nominations in the higher education award, for Chris Parr and Holly Else.
John Gill, THE editor, said: “Higher education is a hugely rewarding sector to cover, but it’s always very welcome to have THE’s agenda-setting journalism, and the tenacity and flair of our writers, recognised by others.
“John, Chris and Holly are deserving of the recognition they have received, and part of a THE team that covers higher education with a level of depth and insight of which we are very proud.”