Winners :Olivia Crellin (left) and Laura Garcia
Press Pad is a website which links young people wanting to do work experience in the capital with journalists who can offer a spare room. Current interning practices exclude those who cannot come and work in London for free for a couple of weeks ie the vast majority of the populations, if we are to improve the numbers of bright journalists from poorer backgrounds and from the regions in our newsrooms, ideas like Press Pad are a crucial part of the mix.
Runner up: Hazel Sheffield
Far Nearer combines data journalism and local female journalists to fill a gap left by the retreating tide of local newspapers in covering local council meetings and decisions. The democratic deficit engendered by the closure of local papers and the shedding of local journalists is real and earnest, the judges believe Sheffield’s project – the first of which shows that 12000 buildings and public spaces have been disposed of by local authorities since 2014, has the capacity to turn some of that around.