British Sports Journalism Awards 2018: writing shortlists

The writing shortlists for the British Sports Journalism Awards, in partnership with Canon and European Professional Club Rugby, are revealed today and there are new and familiar faces in the running for the 2018  top prizes.

Last year’s John Bromley Sportswriter of the Year was Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, who is again in contention in the columnist and football reporting categories. Taylor has been Football Journalist of the Year for the last three years.

The football shortlist also includes four-time sports specialist and 2014 football journalist Henry Winter of The Times. The Independent’s Jonathan Liew, young sports writer in 2011, is named as is Molly Hudson of The Times.

Liew is also included in the columnist category as is The Guardian’s Marina Hyde (left) and Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror. 

Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail,  four-time sports reporter of the year, will be looking to make it five in a category which includes tabloid heavyweights John Richardson of  the Sunday Mirror and The Sun’s Neil Ashton, winner in 2010. Lawton is also up for scoop in a Mail-dominated category. Four of the six finalists are from the Mail.

European Professional Club Rugby are again sponsoring the Rugby Journalist award which was won by three-time feature writer of the year and double sports reporter of the year Owen Slot of The Times in 2017.  The Telegraph have three finalists – Kate Rowan, Mick Cleary and Gavin Mairs – up against Slot, two-time winner Stephen Jones and Neil Squires of the Daily Express.

Some of the categories have more than six shortlisted candidates because the judges’ points marking has produced a tie.

The winners will be announced at a gala occasion on Monday February 25 at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza. To book your tables please click HERE

  • The John Bromley Sportswriter of the Year is chosen by a panel of  leading figures in sports journalism. To be eligible for this award journalists must be shortlisted in one of the other competition categories.
  • The Sports Newspaper of the Year will, for the first time in 2018, be an entered award judged by leading figures in sports journalism.

Sports Newspaper of the Year
Daily Mail
The Guardian
The Sunday Telegraph
The Sunday Times
The Telegraph
The Times 

Rugby Journalist sponsored by European  Professional Club Rugby
Gavin Mairs – The Telegraph
Kate Rowan – The Telegraph
Mick Cleary – The Telegraph
Neil Squires – Daily Express
Owen Slot – The Times
Stephen Jones – The Sunday Times

Cricket Journalist
Lawrence Booth – Daily Mail
Michael Atherton – The Times
Nick Hoult – The Telegraph
Paul Newman – Daily Mail
Rob Smyth – Freelance
Sclyd Berry – The Telegraph

Football Journalist
Daniel Taylor – The Guardian
Henry Winter – The Times
Jonathan Liew – The Independent
Jonathan Northcroft – The Sunday Times
Molly Hudson – The Times
Sam Wallace – The Telegraph

Regional Sport Journalist
Chris Wathan – BBC Sport Wales
Danny Hall – The Star, Sheffield
James Olley – The Evening Standard
Jon Colman – News & Star / The Cumberland News
Neil Allen – Portsmouth News
Phil Hay – Yorkshire Evening Post

Special Sports Edition
100 Greatest Heavyweight Boxers – Boxing News
Lev Yashin: From bullet maker to Balon d’Or Winner – BBC Sport
Sportswomen of the Year – The Sunday Times
The Nation’s Game – The Independent
The Verdict – Daily Mail
World Cup 2018 – The Guardian
World Cup 2018 – The Telegraph

Specialist Correspondent
Alastair Down – Racing Post
Ewan Murray – The Guardian
Greg Wood – The Guardian and Observer
Jon McEvoy – Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
Matt Majendie – The Evening Standard
Mike Dickson – Daily Mail
Simon Briggs – The Telegraph

Sports Columnist
Andy Dunn – Daily Mirror
Daniel Taylor – The Guardian
David Walsh – The Sunday Times
Jonathan Liew – The Independent
Marina Hyde – The Guardian
Martin Samuel – Daily Mail
Paul Hayward – The Telegraph

Sports Feature Writer
Alex Mead – The Rugby Journal
Donald McRae – The Guardian
Jack Pitt-Brooke – The Independent
Jeremy Wilson – The Telegraph
Jon McEvoy – Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
Neil Squires – Daily Express

Sports News Reporter
David Conn – The Guardian
John Richardson – Sunday Mirror
Martyn Ziegler – The Times
Matthew Lawton – Daily Mail
Neil Ashton – The Sun
Rob Harris – The Associated Press

Sports Scoop
Did they cheat in the Ashes too? – Paul Newman, Lawrence Booth and Richard Gibson – Daily Mail
Every Premier League club asked to cough up £250,000 in golden handshake for Richard Scudamore – Matt Lawton – Daily Mail
Ole Gunnar Solsjaer in frame to become Manchester United caretaker manager – Sam Wallace – The Telegraph
Philipp Coutinho to Barcelona – Lee Clayton – Daily Mail
Rooney’s set for the States – Laurie Whitwell – Daily Mail
Wembley for Sale – James Olley – The Evening Standard

Sports Website
Sky Sports
The Guardian
The Independent
The Telegraph
The Times