Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline August 31, 2014
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The Nick Clarke Award was created in honour of the popular and highly respected former presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, who died in November 2006 of cancer. This award is presented annually both to celebrate his life and work, and to encourage new and established broadcast journalists to demonstrate his values and techniques in their interviewing. Nick’s hallmarks were his punctilious preparation and briefing, his relentless pursuit of the truth amidst the spin and distraction, his abnegation of self and his unfailing politeness.

The award was launched by former Radio 4 Controller, Mark Damazer, at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in October 2007. It is open to the whole UK media industry - Radio and TV. Each station or programme wishing to enter can nominate one interview per presenter, reporter or interviewer. Therefore you can enter as many interviews as you like, depending on the number of presenters and reporters on your team.

Potential winners will be those presenters or interviewers who have left a strong impression on the audience; interviews that provided a deeper understanding of their subject matter or that were particularly memorable. Nick Clarke knew better than anyone that there are many ways to get to the heart of the matter.

Notable Winners

2013 – Iain Lee

2012 – Stewart White

2011 – Steve Hewlett

Jury

2014 Interim Judges
Emma Barnett – Woman’s editor, The Daily Telegraph and presenter, LBC 97.3 FM
Mehdi Hasan – Political director, Huffington Post
Peter Hennessy – English historian and academic
Lucy Kellaway – Management columnist, Financial Times
Fatima Manji – Reporter, Channel 4
Hannah Pool – Author and journalist, The Guardian
Amol Rajan – Editor, The Independent
Dina Rickman – Freelance journalist
Tim Samuels – Broadcaster, BBC 5Live
Nick Sutton – Editor, Radio 4′s The World At One, The World This Weekend and What the Papers Say

2014 Final Judges
Kevin Marsh – Former Editor of The World At One
Gillian Reynolds – Broadcaster and radio critic for the Telegraph
Steve Richards – Chief political columnist for The Independent

Monetary/Material Award Details

The winner will be announced and presented at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and will receive a certificate as well as a dozen bottles of good claret – which Nick himself would have enjoyed.

Eligibility Requirements

We welcome nominations from any broadcast interview. The award is open to any broadcast company in the UK, radio or television.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Entry Format

• The Nick Clarke award will cover interviews conducted between 31 July 2013 - 31 July 2014.
• Each station or programme wishing to enter can nominate one interview per presenter, reporter or interviewer. Therefore you can enter as many interviews as you like, depending on the number of presenters and reporters on your team.
• There is no stipulation regarding length but the interview must be submitted exactly as broadcast.
• Internet only interviews will not be allowed.
• Fill in the Entry Form.
• For Radio: Upload audio on the Entry Form page. Use MP3 format. Please fill in – Title: name of presenter. Description: name of programme, station and organisation. Add a category. Add an image of presenter. Add your location.
• For TV: Use www.sendspace.com/ We Transfer. Your video should not exceed 300MB. Use MP4 in a compressed format. You don’t need an account to use Sendspace or We Transfer, just upload and send to [email protected] Please fill in - Title: name of presenter. Description: name of programme, station and organisation. Add a category. If all else fails contact us on [email protected]
• Please note that interviews must consist solely of one discussion (no packages please!).

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