Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff was presented with the Georgina Henry Award at the Press Awards on 15 March for gal-dem, a publication covering the experiences of black and minority ethnic women in Britain.
Picking up the award, Charlie said that it would make a massive difference to the magazine. “Gal-dem was founded because, if you look around you, journalism still has a massive diversity problem and we really really want to try and change that.”
The prize money will fund office space and two editors to work on the online and print magazine, which is written exclusively by women of colour. Since it launched in September 2015, Charlie and the magazine’s editors have tried to grow the publication into a sustainable business. They aim to represent the creative, political and general aspirations of women of colour in Britain and around the world.
Presenting the award, WIJ Chair Eleanor Mills said that the news agenda was largely shaped by 50 per cent of the population – men – and that the Georgina Henry Award aimed to try and make the media more diverse by recognising and promoting female talent. WIJ welcomes the Press Awards’ efforts to encourage inclusivity by encouraging more women to enter, and trying to get more women to take part in the judging panels. This year, there were 10 female and 14 male winners in the individual categories, which is particularly striking as there were several categories (such as photographer of the year) with no female nominees.
Alongside the main award, Rosamund Urwin, whose day job is at the Evening Standard, was highly commended for her idea of a “feminist Private Eye” called Nasty Women, focusing on workplace sexism.
Guardian writer Hannah Jane Parkinson was shortlisted for her project of travelling the UK, telling the stories of individuals affected and their experiences with mental health. Journalist Tobi Oredein was also nominated for Black Ballad, an arts magazine aimed at black British women.
The award is named after Georgina Henry, former deputy editor of the Guardian and a founding member of WIJ, in recognition of her history of finding and supporting new talent.
We are grateful to Wiggin LLP who fund the Georgina Henry Award, and have been longstanding supporters of WIJ.
We are also grateful to the six judges: Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times and current chair of WIJ, Anna Doble, partner at Wiggin LLP, Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman, Jane Martinson, Head of Media at the Guardian, Beth Ashton, Head of Audience at Manchester Evening News, and Sue Ryan, former Managing Editor of the Daily Telegraph.