London Student success at Paul Foot Awards

At the Paul Foot Awards, an annual award for campaigning and investigative journalism presented by Private Eye, London Student reporters received the innaugural Young Journalist Award

Ben van de Merwe and Emma Yeomans were recognised for their story on a secretive eugenics conference at UCL, which was published in both London Student and Private Eye.

Ben said: “Student journalism doesn’t often get recognition by national titles, so the creation of this award by the Eye is a great step forward.

“It was such an honour to be in a room with so many amazing investigative journalists. The stories shortlisted this year really drive home how powerful investigations can be.”

The awards were set up in memory of journalist Paul Foot, who passed away in 2004. This year’s winner was Amelia Gentleman, for her reporting on the Windrush immigration scandal.

Also shortlisted were Madison Marriage, of the Financial Times, for her undercover investigation into the Presidents Club charity fundraiser; the Buzzfeed investigations team for From Russia with Blood, their investigation into Russian hits on UK soil; Sean O’Neill, chief reporter at the Times, for his work exposing sexual misconduct by Oxfam employees; Carole Cadwalladr, of the Observer, for her work on the Cambridge Analytica Files; and Gordon Blackstock for his investigation into the burial of hundreds of orphans in a mass grave, for the Sunday Post.

Emma said: “It is an incredible honour to even stand in the same room as journalists of this calibre, and I’m hugely grateful to Private Eye for their support throughout this story.”

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