Media journalist and consultant.

Ian Burrell is a media consultant and columnist for the i paper and The Drum. He is the former Assistant Editor of The Independent, where he worked for 20 years and was also Media Editor. He was previously the paper’s Home Affairs Editor. Prior to that he was an investigative journalist on the Insight team of the Sunday Times and worked for ITV. He has been a regular contributor to broadcast outlets on major media stories, appearing on CNN, BBC News, Sky News and Al Jazeera. He is a regular media commentator for Monocle 24 radio. He trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail where he was UK reporter of the year in the Press Gazette regional press awards. He is co-author of Rodigan, the life story of the music broadcaster and Reggae DJ David Rodigan, published this year by Constable (Hachette).

Judging panel

Anna Bassi

Editor, The Week Junior

Anna Watkins

Chief Executive

Ashley Highfield

Johnston Press

Bill Hagerty

British Journalism Review

Chris Russell


Conor McNicholas


Dietmar Schantin

Institute for Media Strategies

Esra Doğramacı

Senior Editor, Digital
Deutsche Welle

Ian Burrell

Media journalist and consultant.

Iain Hepburn

Development journalist
BBC Sport Online

James Martin

Executive editor
The Huffington Post UK

Jo Morrell

Managing Editor
The Telegraph

Jon Snow

Channel 4 News

Kate Ward

Vice President of International

Keith Walker

Digital Director, Innovation
Time Inc. UK

Kevin O'Byrne

Creative Solutions Director
Time Out

Laura Swinton

Global editor
Little Black Book

Liz Vercoe

Editor and journalist

Maggie Hitchins

Digital editor-in-chief

Megan Lucero

Director of the Local Data Lab
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Neil Hunter

Assistant Digital Editor (Operations)

Nick Creed

Co-Founder & Digital Director
The Drum

Patrick Falconer

Managing Director -United Kingdom
The New York Times

Paul Hood

Head of Digital – Technology Division

Peter Clifton

Press Association

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones Reports LLC

Seb Joseph

News Editor
The Drum

Yasir Khan