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City University London alumni among winners at 2014 British Journalism Awards

George Arbuthnott and Tom Warren both clinch awards
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Two City University London alumni were among the winners at the 2014 British Journalism Awards.

George Arbuthnott of the Sunday Times scooped Campaign of the Year for his work on modern day slavery in Britain, while Tom Warren of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism was named New Journalist of the Year.

Both were postgraduate students on City's Investigative Journalism Masters.

George Arbuthnott's research into slavery shed light on the high numbers of people trafficked into Britain for work. His articles revealed how individuals are being forced to work for miniscule wages while living in squalid conditions, often under the threat of violence.

Tom Warren's work includes articles on the privatisation of the Royal Mail, Conservative Party funding and short-term loans stores.

Dr Rosie Waterhouse, Course Director of City's Masters in Investigative Journalism, said:

"Congratulations to George and Tom. They have been judged to be the best in their category, competing against the most talented journalists in Britain today.

"I am extremely proud and delighted that their hard work, forensic digging and dedication in pursuit of public interest journalism have been rewarded. They have very bright futures."

Jane Singer, Professor of Journalism Innovation at City, was a judge for the Innovation of the Year award, which she presented to the Guardian for its 'NSA Files: Decoded' web resource at the ceremony on Tuesday 2nd December, at Stationers' Hall in London.

Professor Singer, who was a member of the awards' judging panel for the first time, said the Guardian's success was an example of the high quality of journalism recognised at the event.

She said: "The British Journalism Awards were created specifically to honour journalism that is both interesting to the public and in the public interest.

"The Guardian has done a phenomenal job showing us how governments are collecting and using information about citizens and their 'Decoded' piece showcases the ways in which talented journalists can make a complex story accessible and personally relevant.

"The Press Gazette's Editor Dominic Ponsford and his team did a great job organising the whole process and created a really fun evening around the awards ceremony itself.

"Having all those terrific journalists together in one room was inspirational."

The British Journalism Awards was first held in 2012 with the aim of creating an event with the prestige of the Pulitzers in the US.

The ceremony sees leading names come together from national and regional newspaper, broadcast, magazine and online journalism to celebrate the very best achievements from across the industry.

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