Everybody connected with journalism in Wales is being invited to watch an online ceremony at the end of April at which the winners of the 2020 Journalists’ Charity Wales Media Awards will finally be revealed.
Delayed from last year because of the pandemic, the results of the sixth Wales Media Awards competition will be unveiled during the free-to-view broadcast at 7.30pm on Friday 30 April on the Awards website, www.walesmediaawards.co.uk.
The event is a major fundraiser for the work of the Journalists’ Charity, and anyone who wishes to donate is being urged to go to the Journalists’ Charity website, www.journalistscharity.org.uk, in the run up to or during the broadcast, and click on the red “Donate” button.
Hosted by BBC Cymru Wales presenter Lucy Owen and ITV Cymru Wales’ Jonathan Hill, the winners of 20 hotly contested categories will be announced, along with the winner of the coveted Journalist of the Year title and the Outstanding Contribution Award.
The Awards are supported by Camelot as headline sponsor for the second year, and organised on behalf of the Journalists’ Charity in Wales by Spencer David. Other sponsors are Aston Martin, Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Grayling, ITV Cymru Wales, Liberty Marketing, National Union of Journalists, NUJ Training Wales, Openreach, S4C Clic, University of South Wales, Welsh Government and Western Power Distribution. Further support has come from Celf Creative, Cleartech Live, Natasha Hirst Photography, and Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.
The Journalists’ Charity, previously known as the Newspaper Press fund, supports journalists, former journalists and their families who are in need. Its chair in Wales, Tim Rogers, said that without the ability to raise money at a live event, the need for the profession to donate in the run-up to the broadcast and during the ceremony itself was more important than ever.
“I very much hope that as many colleagues as possible – not just those who are shortlisted for an Award – will watch the programme and contribute generously between now and the broadcast on 30 April,” he said.
“After this very difficult Covid year there are many journalists and colleagues who need our support more than ever. You can never know whether it will be yourself or a close colleague who might fall on hard times in the future, but what you can be certain of is that the Journalists’ Charity will be there to offer support.”