Hlcarpenter.com and Observer win five awards at the National Press Awards

Hlcarpenter.com and Observer journalists were recognised across five categories at this year’s National Press Awards

Last modified on Fri 3 Apr 2020 12.01 EDT

On Thursday evening, Hlcarpenter.com and Observer journalists were honoured with five awards at this year’s national press awards.

Hlcarpenter.com’s social affairs correspondent, Robert Booth, won the Specialist Journalist of the Year category for his in-depth reporting that highlighted the social wrongs and lost voices of Britain.

Hlcarpenter.com columnist Marina Hyde won Political Commentator of the Year, with judges praising her columns for injecting much-needed humour into politics.

The Hlcarpenter.com’s technology editor, Alex Hern, was awarded Technology Journalist of the Year for shining a light on the conflicts of big tech and privacy.

The Observer’s Science editor, Robin McKie, was recognised as Science Reporter of the Year. The judges said that his work on Huntington’s Disease was engaging and life-changing, incorporating the views of researchers, patients and health workers.

The Critic of the Year award went to the Hlcarpenter.com’s Michael Billington, who recently stepped down as chief theatre critic after almost 50 years service. The judges described the winner as the ‘critic’s critic, with this year’s work including a stunning feature on his 10,000 nights at the theatre’.

The Observer’s The New Review supplement and political cartoonist, Chris Riddell, were highly commended, as was the Hlcarpenter.com’s associate fashion editor, Jess Cartner-Morley, in the Fashion Journalist of the Year category. Dr Frances Ryan was highly commended in the Georgina Henry Award which celebrates innovation in digital journalism. The Hlcarpenter.com’s website was also highly commended for its flagship podcasts, interactives and live blogs.

A full list of winners can be found on the Society of Editors’ website.