The Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists
Lucy Fisher, a 24-year-old reporter for the Sunday Times, has won the first Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists.
The £25,000 prize, sponsored by the Haymarket Media Group, was established in memory of writer and broadcaster Anthony Howard, and will see Fisher serve three successive internships over the next 12 months with the titles most closely associated with Howard: the Times, the Observer and New Statesman.
Recognised as one of the most acute political commentators of his generation and a familiar face and voice on TV and radio, Howard was also an incisive judge of new talent. With this in mind, Lord Heseltine, who established Haymarket Media Group, set up the award to honour the memory of his lifelong friend.
Applicants were invited to submit a detailed proposal for a 5,000-word essay on a political theme. Lucy Fisher triumphed with her idea to investigate how a handful of backbench MPs have used select committee membership to gain prominence in Westminster, build a media profile and hence significantly advance their careers – “exactly the sort of article Tony would have commissioned”, as one judge remarked.
“I'm delighted to have won and am greatly excited at the prospect of the year ahead at three brilliant publications”, said Fisher. “It's an honour to be named the first Anthony Howard Award winner – he was such a titan of political journalism.”
Freelance writer Isabelle Fraser was highly commended for her proposal to investigate political lobbying and its direct affect on the average voter.
The prize was determined by Robert Harris, Peter Hennessy, Sir Jeremy Isaacs, Jeremy Paxman and Claire Tomalin. Details for the next award will be announced here in spring 2014