"supporting and encouraging high quality economic, financial and business journalism"

The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day in the UK. The current chair is Lionel Barber, former editor of the Financial Times. Lionel is supported by a group of trustees who have a background in business, journalism and academia.

Wincott Awards

The Wincott Awards for 2020
-judging completed
-shortlists announced

2 April, 2021 - The Wincott Foundation received a record 156 entries for this year's awards and, following the completion of judging, can now reveal the shortlisted entrants in all seven categories. The winners will be announced at an online Zoom event on May 20.

Lionel Barber, chairman, said: "The record number of entries was matched by the very high quality of most.

"Submissions ranged from pioneering investigative work in consumer protection, financial markets and the environment to an extremely impressive range of entries in our new category of data journalism, in addition to audio and visual work."

Covid-19 and the government's lockdown has unfortunately made it impossible to hold the annual awards lunch at the Mansion House in May to announce the winners. Shortlisted candidates and their senior manager will, however, be invited to an online event where the winners will be unveiled.

The shortlists in each award category can be found here:

Wincott Trustees

Three new trustees appointed

11 January, 2021 - The Wincott Foundation has appointed three new trustees, broadening its commitment to promote quality business, economics and financial journalism.

The new trustees are Stephanie Flanders, head of Bloomberg Economics and a prominent TV and radio broadcaster; Bernard Mensah, president of International for Bank of America and a member of BoA's executive management team; and Kate Andrews, economics correspondent of The Spectator.

Lionel Barber, chairman, expressed his warm gratitude to three outgoing trustees who have been dedicated supporters of The Wincott foundation for many years: Sir Geoffrey Owen, former editor of the Financial Times and chairman of The Wincott Foundation 1998-2016; Ian Hargreaves, former editor of the Independent and a Wincott trustee 2011 to 2020; and Rupert Pennant-Rea, former editor of the Economist and Wincott trustee 2001 to 2020.

For further information on Wincott trustees, click here.

For Lionel Barber's tribute to Sir Geoffrey Owen, click here.

Wincott Zoom Events

The Wincott Foundation has just held its second online event, with chairman Lionel Barber in conversation with Piers Morgan On the subject of...

Partisan TV

Time to take sides?, Wincott's second online event on March 4 took place only one week before Piers Morgan's controversial departure as co-host of Good Morning Britain. Barber and Morgan discussed journalism in the age of polarisation, and the dimensions of highly opinionated journalism. A video recording of the event, which attracted 60 participants, is available here.

The Power of Data Journalism

The Power of Data Journalism, the Wincott Foundation's first online event with chairman Lionel Barber in conversation with Alan Smith OBE, head of data and visual journalism at the Financial Times, attracted more than 40 participants on November 19. Lionel and Alan discussed recent developments in data journalism and its current essential role in helping to understand the Covid-19 pandemic. A video recording of the event is available here.

Wincott Awards

RSS co-sponsors Wincott
Data Journalism award

13 Januray, 2021 - The Wincott Foundation is delighted to announce that The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is to co-sponsor its new award - Data Journalism of the Year.

The award, worth up to £5,000, will be made to the team or individual showing the best use of data analysis and visualisation tools to tell a complex economic or business story.

The RSS, founded in 1834, is a world-leading advocate for the key role statistics and data play in ensuring sound policy formulation and good decision making.

Stian Westlake, chief executive of the RSS, said: "We are thrilled to partner with the Wincott Foundation on this new award and celebrate the best use of data in economic, financial and business journalism.

"Increasingly, the best business and finance stories depend on ingenious and insightful data. Journalists who understand stats and data and can make them speak to readers have created some of the most compelling stories of 2020."

Lionel Barber, chair of the Wincott Foundation, said he hoped the support of the RSS would reinforce the importance of data as a tool for reporters and editors to produce richer, more engaging journalism.

"It's great to have the imprimatur of the Royal Statistical Society as we launch our new award," he said.


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