I was shortlisted for three categories of the International Building Press (IBP) Awards 2015:
- Feature Writer of the year
- Digital journalist of the year (a joint entry with my colleague Jess McCabe)
- Digital service of the year
Happily, we won the Digital Service category. This was really a team win, but given so much of my time over the past year has been focused on leading initiatives to successfully monetise and improve the Inside Housing digital offer, I was personally thrilled.
It reflected success in building a more engaged online audience, overhauling the design, and introducing new interactive features. It also recognises the fact that Inside Housing had been trying things other B2B magazines haven't - largely thanks to the willingness of Editor Emma Maier to allow me to invest resources.
Jess and I missed out on the Digital Journalist award to a worthy winner at Architect's Journal.
As for the Feature Writer category, well, I lost to the best in the business: Inside Housing's deputy editor Martin Hilditch. No shame in that. Plus, we beat the FT.
It is also worth noting that Inside Housing was shortlisted for a record eight awards this year - more than any other magazine.
Here is what the judges had to say about the digital service entry:
"This was an excellent redesign. The judges found the salary calculator compelling. There was thought-provoking content on two new user-uploaded communications networks. The multi-media microsite on tenant activism combined good journalism with interactive capability in a way that was fresh and attractive."