Two of This is Money’s journalists scooped trophies at a leading financial journalism awards ceremony on Tuesday night.
Both Sarah Davidson, who won Mortgage Journalist of the Year, and Rebecca Rutt, who won General Insurance Journalist of the Year, were praised for their detailed and campaigning work by judges in the Headline Money awards.
Sarah’s investigations into elderly homeowners trapped in unsuitable properties by shared appreciation mortgages won plaudits, while Rebecca’s work in winning victories for readers was also recognised.
This is Money’s Sarah Davidson, second from left, collects her Mortgage Journalist of the Year award from Nationwide’s Eden Black, left, at the ceremony hosted by BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen, third from left. Samantha Partington, right, collected the trade journalist award
The annual Headline Money Awards – held this year at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London’s Park Lane – celebrate the best in personal finance journalism, with prizes decided by independent panels of specialist journalists and senior industry figures.
This is Money was also shortlisted for the prestigious Title of the Year award and was the only digital-only publication to be included in that five-strong list.
This is Money’s Lee Boyce was also shortlisted in the Savings Journalist of the Year category, while Georgie Frost, the host of This is Money’s weekly podcast, was shortlisted for Financial Broadcast Journalist of the Year.
There was no Financial Website of the Year award in this year’s ceremony, a prize that This is Money has won numerous times in the site’s 18-year history, most recently in 2016.
Last year, This is Money won both the Headline Money and Santander Media awards financial website of the year prizes.
In awarding the mortgage journalist prize, one judge at this year’s awards said: ‘Sarah’s stories were really well-written and by asking all the right questions she showed plenty of in-depth knowledge.
‘I also liked her sense of campaigning and the fact rival outlets followed up the items’, another added.
Judges commented on a very strong shortlist in the insurance journalist prize. Awarding it, one said: ‘I really liked the Airbnb story, Rebecca’s experience shines through on items like these and also her writing has a really nice tone to it, which must play well with readers.’
Rebecca Rutt, of This is Money, collects her insurance journalist award from host Jeremy Bowen
The prizes for This is Money’s journalists come after a turbulent year of financial news, during which time the financial website and Money section of MailOnline has continued to deliver the latest news to readers, explain what it means for them, and what they can do with their finances.
Simon Lambert, editor of This is Money, said: ‘I am extremely proud of both Sarah and Rebecca’s victories in the Headline Money awards and it is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work they do and their commitment to quality journalism and helping our readers.
‘Both Sarah and Rebecca spend a great deal of their time investigating problems and fighting readers’ corners, winning major victories for them.
‘I’m also very proud of the rest of my team, whose work, dedication and passion are the key to This is Money’s success and its shortlisting in the title of the year category.’
Journalists from our sister publications, whose work features on This is Money, were also celebrated at the awards, with Dan Hyde, the Daily Mail newspaper’s Money Mail editor, winning Journalist of the Year, and Paul Thomas, of Money Mail, winning the Rising Star prize.
Money Mail’s Victoria Bischoff, Ruth Lythe and Sylvia Morris were shortlisted for awards in insurance, pensions and savings, respectively.