Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Inside Housing reporter wins journalism prize

Inside Housing reporter Heather Spurr won a top journalism award on Tuesday evening.

Heather Spurr Inside Housing PPA New Talent Awards 2014

Ms Spurr walked away from a ceremony in London with the new business journalist of the year prize at the Professional Publishers Association New Talent Awards. Ms Spurr was described by judges as an ‘exciting young, journalistic talent’.

One judge said: ‘Heather writes with real sensitivity at the same time as being quite daring’. Judges said all three of Ms Spurr’s pieces submitted to the awards were ‘extremely strong.’

The entry pieces included an investigation showing MPs who voted for the bedroom tax claimed £64,000 of taxpayers’ money to subsidise their children’s visits to their second homes. She also investigated the dangers of rough sleepers bedding down in bins, and in the provocatively titled piece ‘The invisible Mr Prisk’, last August looked at the extent to which the then housing minister had kept out of the spotlight. Ms Spurr’s award follows her success at the International Building Press Awards in November, where she won young journalist of the year.

Inside Housing’s business reporter Pete Apps was shortlisted in the same category as Ms Spurr, while deputy features editor Jess McCabe was nominated in the new section editor of the year category.

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