Journalists, public relations professionals and senior representatives from the education and skills sector, gathered at the House of Commons last night for the eighth Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Education Journalism Awards. The awards celebrated the best education and skills reporting of the academic year 2011-12 and were sponsored by the CfBT Education Trust.
The event, sponsored by Graham Stuart MP Chair of the House of Commons education select committee, was organised and hosted by the CIPR Education and Skills Group, a professional network of over 300 public relations and communications professionals working across the UK education and skills sector.
Following a keynote address from Professor Sir David Melville CBE, Chair of Pearson Education, prizes were presented to winners including William Stewart of the TES who picked up the award for outstanding education reporting for national journalists, and Dorothy Lepkowska who went home with the Ted Wragg Award for sustained contribution to education journalism.
The full list of 2013 CIPR Education Journalism Award winners is as follows:
The Ted Wragg Award for sustained contribution to education journalism, sponsored by the Institute of Education, University of London.
Winner: Dorothy Lepkowska
The award for outstanding education reporting for national journalists, sponsored by the University of Nottingham
Winner: William Stewart, TES
The award for outstanding education reporting for regional journalists, sponsored by Research Bods
Winner: Helen Richardson, BBC Newcastle
The award for the most promising newcomer to education journalism, sponsored by the Girls’ Day School Trust
Winner: Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser
The award for outstanding online education commentary, sponsored by Communications Management
Winner: Sarah Ebner, Times Online
The award for outstanding school journalism, sponsored by Communications Management
Winner: David Marley, TES
The award for outstanding higher education journalism, sponsored by Buckinghamshire New University
Winner: Jeevan Vasagar, The Guardian (now freelance)
The award for outstanding further education journalism, sponsored by On Tap Group
Winner: Stephen Exley, TES
The award for outstanding apprenticeship and skills journalism, sponsored by EAL
Winner: Christine Alsford, ITV Meridian
The evening closed with a tribute to Mike Baker, the Ted Wragg Award winner for 2006, who sadly passed away during 2012.