Media & Journalism

We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlist for the Media & Journalism category, sponsored by Bloomberg

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May 2016.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category.  Winners will be notified by 6 June 2016 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by Barclays on 30 June 2016.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.

Shortlist in Media & Journalism

Briony Lammas | Incisive Media

Briony oversees production for global conferences, webcasts and briefings in the Trading Technology division at Incisive Media. She graduated with a degree in English literature and language from Loughborough University in 2011 and currently works across a large portfolio of both established and launch events around Europe and North America, winning Incisive Media’s “Event Person Of The Year” award in 2014. Briony works closely with the sales, editorial and marketing teams to produce world class conferences and cutting edge content for the financial services. She consistently works with some of the most senior and influential figures in the financial technology industry from the largest global investment banks, asset management firms and technology providers to produce conferences covering the latest FinTech developments and trading technology challenges.

Dhruti Shah | BBC

Dhruti Shah is an award-winning journalist specialising in verification, user generated content, investigative reporting and creative storytelling through social media. Currently a producer at the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour, she has worked across much of the BBC including its news website, flagship investigations programme Panorama, the Natural History Unit and the User Generated Content Hub. She has a track record of finding off-beat stories on a wide range of issues. She is often asked to take part on global panels on digital storytelling, ethics, and vicarious trauma. She was selected by the Dart Centre, a project of Columbia University’s Journalism School, to receive a 2015/2016 Ochberg Fellowship focusing on trauma reporting. She is also a member of the Women of Future network and the Clore Cultural Leadership network. She is on the BBC Director General’s Emerging Leadership scheme for diverse talent. She is a member of the BBC’s Global Women in News network, taking a lead role when it comes to social media and empowering other female journalists. She also volunteers for the journalism charity The John Schofield Trust and helped set up a buddy network, in the name of her late mentor Claire Prosser, for new journalists at the BBC. She is also a carer.

Elena Dalrymple | TheSchoolRun.com

After working in consumer and customer magazines for fifteen years, working my way up from junior sub-editor to editor (of parenting magazines Pregnancy & birth and Mother & Baby and Boots Health Club), I moved to online publishing in 2011. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching myself to communicate effectively through a new medium and becoming a one-person editorial team and growing TheSchoolRun.com's monthly users from 50,000 to 600,000 a month with focused, relevant content.

Jenna Jones | Maggie Semple Ltd

Residing Editor of the Semple blog and Magazine, Jenna graduated from Goldsmith University with a degree in Media and Communications and a fierce desire to find her dream job in the fashion industry. Jenna lives and breaths her sartorial dreams through the written word and can normally be found lusting over all manner of designer brands, from The Row and Alexander McQueen to Mary Katrantzou and Acne. When she isn’t managing the blog or planning the next issue of Semple Magazine Jenna can be found at the latest V&A exhibition, online shopping, coming up with awful puns or daydreaming about Coachella.

Nejra Cehic | Bloomberg

Nejra is a London-based television reporter and radio anchor for Bloomberg, covering the financial markets and the top European business and economy stories.  Since joining Bloomberg in 2010, Nejra has travelled all over Europe to report on a variety of stories. In the past year alone, Nejra has reported on the UK election, broken news from Brussels and covered the Bank of England's Super Thursday live in the heart of the City. She has interviewed a number of prominent newsmakers, from economists to Prime Ministers to CEOs. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Nejra worked for BBC local radio, the BBC World Service and at the BBC Paris bureau. She has a PGDip in Broadcast Journalism from Cardiff Journalism School and a BA (Hons) in Classics and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. She was shortlisted for an Asian Women of Achievement Award in the Media category.  

Roz Sanderson | UBM

After graduating from the University of Kent in 2010 with a degree in English literature and creative writing, my career as an editor has spanned national newspapers including The Independent on Sunday and The Financial Times, as well as for the Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine at the BBC. In the last three years I have worked my way up from an editorial assistant at UBM to editor, and have helped establish an award-winning group for Women in Health and Safety, after it was noticed there was a need for a support network for women in the profession. In my spare time, I volunteer for a children’s charity, sing in a community choir and grow vegetables in my garden.

Ruth David | Bloomberg

I grew up across India and those gypsy feet followed me into adulthood, travelling to Washington DC for a masters and then to New York to work with Forbes. I moved back to Bombay to cover India for Forbes, then in two years moved again, this time to Hong Kong, covering financial institutions in the region and still writing the big finance stories from India. Bloomberg offered me a job back in India in 2010 and I joined them on the finance team, writing award-winning stories on the microfinance crisis in the country. I moved to London two years later, covering deals for Bloomberg. Starting from scratch in arguably the financial capital of the world was challenging but I built up enough contacts to break news on some of the biggest IPOs and mergers in Europe as well as report exclusively on the victories and failures of big investment banks.

Samantha Brooker | Secret Escapes

I have recently joined Secret Escapes as Head of Media, UK  after being approached for this role by a previous employer. I am heading in to progress their creative solutions offering and help to grow what is currently a relatively media small team for such an expanding proposition.

I've kindly been nominated for securing the investment needed to steer the Factory Media business model from a print-loss digital company to a digital and broadcast business – opening a new revenue stream which has transformed our place in the market and paved the way for (fingers crossed) industry awards.

In truth I chose a career in client services purely because it was what my mum did. She ran her business from home and I grew up listening to her build rapport with clients on the phone. She always seemed to be laughing or having warm conversations with people so I never imagined myself doing anything less than this, and was lucky enough to find it in media.

Outside of work I love to exercise and travel, ideally both at the same time. I’m also a mentor within the Careers Academy where being a sounding board for my 17 year old mentee actually gives me a lot of perspective; remembering how hard it is to be 17 makes 29 feel a like breeze!

Sonya Barlow | Dunnhumby

I have recently graduated from Cass Business School in Business with a scholarship in Italy. Some of my successes involve learning Italian during my year abroad, finishing top three in CityStarters start up idea competition in London and achieving mentee of the year. During university I was successful in creating the first Erasmus Student Network Society with the mission to help international students to connect, soon becoming the largest society. I have used my network on LinkedIn, and now at work, to connect with likeminded females and explore ideas on how to better working lives, engage with students and provide support. Decisions I take are led by my values; how curious an opportunity allows one to be, how passions can be displayed and how important innovation is. I can happily say that these values are encouraged in my role as a media planner; in a company which encourages all characters.

Vanessa Pellegrin | Frog and Roast Beef Films

I  was born in France in 1986 and raised in Morocco. I started to work in Journalism after my studies at the CEU Cardenal Herrera (Alicante) in Spain, and became specialized in investigations and reports about current affairs, political conflicts and social issues. Back to Casablanca I worked for the newspapers L’Economiste and the monthly magazine Perspectives Med. I also worked for websites and magazines such as Casawaves.com which is specialized in culture and entertainment. I became correspondent for a news TV channel when I arrived in the UK and progressively started to work into the film industry after undertaking an MA in Digital film. I produced, wrote and directed my first film, ‘Ownership Rules’ between 2011 and 2012 and I am currently working on a documentary about Feminism and Antifeminism called ' the trouble with the F word'. A part from my production experience, I am really involved with the Moroccan community, I was a petitioner at the UN on the question of Western Sahara and I am a trustee of the charity Al Hasaniya which deals with issues confronted by Arab Women.

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