Last week, the Inside Housing team piled onto the tube and made our way to rarefied air of a Park Lane hotel for the IBP awards. The magazine did brilliantly, with five awards – including magazine of the year.
I am surprised and pleased to have been given two awards, sustainable writer of the year and – a genuine surprise and delight – IBP journalist of the year.
We all had a fabulous time, culminating in our editor Stuart imbibing champagne from our trophy cup. One of our reporters, Heather Spurr, also grabbed the young journalist of the year title – based entirely on stories written in her first month on the job, a massive achievement. And Nick Duxbury scored housing journalist of the year.
The judges said they particularly liked my feature, ‘Hell and high water’, which is about developers and planners building homes even when they know there is a risk of flooding. The judges comments can be read here:
The 2013 IBP Journalist of the Year, Jess McCabe, produced a highly
readable story of how housing is being built on areas vulnerable
to flooding. The approach, from the point of view of the distressed
homeowners, as well as the policy makers, produced a high quality
piece of journalism on an important subject. This approach and its
impact impressed the judges greatly