Search on for a £1k student journalism award winner

Calling all young journalists! Win £1,000 in the London Press Club’s Cudlipp Student Journalism Award 2018.

The search is on for today’s most promising young journalists in this year’s prestigious Cudlipp Student Journalism Award.

The Award goes to students who have made an outstanding contribution to journalism for an article or series of articles or video*, exploring “an issue of public interest or concern,” in the great tradition of popular journalism pioneered by editor Hugh Cudlipp at the Daily Mirror.

The winner and shortlist will be announced at the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture 2018, to be held at The British Library on March 21. This year’s lecturer is James Harding, former editor of The Times and Head of News at the BBC.

Submission requirements: Entries must have been published in print or on an online news site between January 2017-18 in a national, regional or local newspaper (free-sheets included) or a supplement which is NOT part of assessed course work in a College newspaper/magazine. Students must show proof of having graduated or been enrolled at a UK university or college during 2017. You need not be studying journalism to apply.

Students are limited to one entry only and should submit a PDF of the published work or a link via email to The source and date of publication must be clearly shown or added.

*For video entries, please do not send large video files – instead, please send a link to the work.

Closing date for entries: March 1, 2018.


Philip Jacobson, award-winning journalist and Cudlipp Student Journalism Judge – a tribute

It was with great sadness that the London Press Club learned of the death of Philip Jacobson on New Year’s Day after a short illness. Philip served on the Cudlipp Committee choosing candidates for the annual lecture and was a perspicacious judge of the Cudlipp Student Journalism award.

Philip was born into a newspaper dynasty — his father, Sydney, later Baron Jacobson of St Albans, was political editor of the Daily Mirror, editor of the Daily Herald and The Sun. As a meticulous reporter, Philip was renowned for his moving dispatches from the Vietnam war, the Golan Heights, the invasion of Cyprus, the civil war in Lebanon, El Salvador and the Portuguese revolution.

It was, however, his six-month investigation of the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry in 1972, carried out by Jacobson with Peter Pringle for The Sunday Times Insight team, that will stand as his legacy. And to his great surprise, Jacobson won the feature writer of the year award in 2009 for his coverage of the legal costs of the Saville inquiry.

His son Luke, a senior news editor of Channel Four News, recalled: “Despite his occasionally ambivalent reviews of the Gay Hussar dinners after the awards I know that he took the identifying and rewarding of fresh journalistic talent very seriously.”

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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