The Sandford St Martin 2021 Awards

March 15 2021

Shortlists in the TV/Video, Radio/Audio, Journalism and Children’s Broadcasting categories of the Sandford St Martin 2021 Awards have been announced.  To find out more about his year’s finalists, click here.

Or to meet this year’s judging panels, click here.

Winners of the Trustees’ Content Award (for programmes or reports that explore or examine the human experience of COVID-19 from a religious perspective or through a religious lens) and the Trustees’ Community Award (for broadcasting that has supported or maintained religious or belief communities during the pandemic) will be announced in May. There are no shortlists in these categories.

This year’s category winners will be announced during a special, interactive ceremony on June 8th. For more information, watch this space or follow us on Twitter. @sandfordawards

If you can’t wait, you could watch the Sandford St Martin 2020 Awards ceremony, including a special contribution from Stormzy, winner of the 2020 Trustees’ Award

Outreach and events

As part of its advocacy role, the Trust produces, participates in and supports debates, lectures, symposia and other events aimed at stimulating debate about the value of religious and ethical broadcasting.  Recent partnerships have been with the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Media Society, the NUJ and others.

Our most recent event was the webinar “Broadcasting in the time of Corona: strategies for Journalists & Producers”. Panelists discussed how broadcasters have responded to some of the professional challenges posed by COVID-19, audience-demand and issues around the practicalities of making good content and earning a living at the same time. You can watch a recording of the session here.

Read more about the Trust’s new series of Media Salons and other outreach projects on our Events page.

Read Nicola Meyrick’s blog Why Good Journalists Believe in Religion here.

Why religious and ethical broadcasting?

Why does the quality of broadcasting and journalism about belief, faith or people’s ethical or moral view points matter? Read our blog and hear what leading media and religious figures and previous award winners like Simon Schama, Jimmy McGovern, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Martin Bashir and Lyse Doucet think.  Or read the Trust’s submissions to Ofcom, the BBC Trust, The Future of TV inquiry and the House of Lords Communications Committee. 

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Our thanks to Rev Kate Bottley and Avanti Media for their support in making this video.