New Statesman success at Comment Awards

Peter Wilby named Media Commentator of the Year at Editorial Intelligence Awards.

There was success for the New Statesman at this morning's Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards, with Peter Wilby named Media Commentator of the Year. Wilby, a former NS editor, writes the First Thoughts column for the magazine as well as contributing features, including this brilliant portrait of Rupert Murdoch. You can read an archive of his work here.

New Statesman legal correspondent David Allen Green was shortlisted as Mainstream Media Blogger of the year but lost out to BBC Business Editor Robert Peston.

The Staggers would also like to congratulate Sunny Hundal of Liberal Conspiracy, who won the Independent Blogger award. It's a well-deserved honour and a reflection of the left-wing blogosphere's increasing energy and vibrancy.

Full list of winners:

Comment Pages: Financial Times

Best Online Comment Site: Mumsnet

Columnist of the Year: Hugo Rifkind

Commentariat of the Year: Matthew d'Ancona

Twitter Commentator: David Aaronovitch

Sports Commentator: Mike Atherton

Sketch Commentator: Ann Treneman

Political Commentator: Daniel Finkelstein

Economics Commentator: Irwin Stelzer

Media Commentator: Peter Wilby

David Pilling: Best Foreign Commentator

Best Cultural Commentator: Simon Kuper

Business Commentator: John Gapper

Mainstream Media Blogger: Robert Peston

Independent Blogger: Sunny Hundal

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Work with us: Wellcome Scholarship at the New Statesman

Be one of our 2016 science interns.

Britain needs more great science writers – particularly from backgrounds which have been traditionally under-represented in the media.

To address this, the New Statesman and Wellcome Trust, in partnership with Creative Access, have come together to offer annual placements to student or graduates from an ethnic minority background*.

The final 2016 placement will take place this Autumn/Winter (the exact date is flexible) and will last for four weeks.

Over the course of the placement, the successful applicants will:

  • Work alongside the New Statesman web and magazine team, learning about the editorial and production process, and how articles are conceived, written, edited and laid out;
  • Undertake a data-driven journalism research project on a scientific topic, which will be published on the New Statesman website
  • Visit Parliament and learn about how science-based legislation is developed and debated in the select committee system
  • Have an opportunity to interview a leading scientist or policy-maker
  • Write a regular bylined science blog on the New Statesman website
  • Receive regular feedback and editing from the editorial team
  • Meet journalists at other titles in the sector (previous Wellcome Scholars have met writers for the Atlantic, and presenters for the BBC)

Over the course of the placement, you will be paid London living wage.

To apply for the placement, follow the steps below and apply direct to the New Statesman. 

Please write an 800-word blogpost on a recent or upcoming scientific development which you feel has the potential to change lives significantly, explaining clearly and concisely what stage the research is at, and how it is likely to proceed. It should be written as if for the NS audience - interested, intelligent laypeople.

Please also write up to 200 words on why you are right for this placement and what you would hope to get out of it. You don't need to send a CV.

Please only use Word files, or paste your text into the body of an email. 

Send your application by email to Helen Lewis (Helen @ newstatesman co uk) with the subject line “Wellcome Scholarship 2016”. 

Applications close on 30 September 2016. Interviews will take place soon after.

This is a positive action scheme under the Race Relations Act.