Inside Housing won seven awards at the International Building Press (IBP) Journalism Awards last night.
The prizes come off the back of two British Society of Magazine Editors awards last month and a shortlisting for the Press Gazette British Journalism Awards.
At the IBP event last night, Inside Housing won Magazine of the Year, while news editor Pete Apps, deputy news editor Sophie Barnes, deputy editor Martin Hilditch and reporter Nathaniel Barker also walked away with prizes.
In the Magazine of the Year category, judges praised Inside Housing’s coverage of the Grenfell Tower disaster in June.
The judges said: “Inside Housing is an extraordinarily well-edited magazine – bold, brave and imaginative.
“Inside Housing’s coverage of the terrible Grenfell disaster led the field.”
Our award submission included editions of the print magazine in which we launched our Never Again fire safety campaign, our Cathy at 50 campaign to mark the anniversary of Cathy Come Home, and first broke the news about the dangers of insulation panels – months before the Grenfell fire.
Mr Apps won three prizes, including the overall Journalist of the Year category. He won Scoop of the Year for his piece about insulation panel dangers in April, and News Reporter of the Year.
Mr Hilditch won Multimedia Journalist of the Year for his work on the Reel Homes film competition that Inside Housing ran as part of its Cathy at 50 campaign.
Ms Barnes walked away with the Housing/Residential Journalist of the Year award. Judges were impressed by her stories, which included research showing one in three councils are setting up housing companies, and an investigation into the impact of the benefit cap.
In the New Journalist Category, Mr Barker beat all competition. His award entry included research on assaults on housing staff, a piece about ‘stay put’ fire safety advice and a focus on sprinklers in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The IBP is a membership organisation for journalists and communications professionals whose work is connected to the built environment.
Revealed: external panels probable cause of huge tower block fire spread We reported back in April, months before Grenfell, that insulation panels were a safety risk
Never Again: Our campaign calls for fire safety measures to prevent another Grenfell
The benefit cap tightrope The first in-depth analysis of the impact of the lower benefit cap
Sprinklers: now a necessity? Nathaniel Barker looks at a key question following Grenfell
The Reel deal We launched a film competition to mark the anniversary of Cathy Come Home
Fire safety issues uncovered in tower blocks Sophie Barnes investigates information from fire risk assessments to uncover dangers in tower blocks
Feeling the strain: assaults on frontline staff Our exclusive research reveals the extent of assaults on housing employees