The 2019 Sandford St Martin Awards

The 2019 Sandford St Martin Awards are now open for entries.

And for 2019 we are very pleased to announce the launch of the new Sandford St Martin Journalism Award.  Submissions in this new category can include broadcast coverage of breaking news, ongoing coverage of news events, and original investigative or analytical journalism but must feature a religious dimension – either one intrinsic to the story or issue itself, ora dimension explored through the contributors included.  Programmes must have been first broadcast during 2018.  For full details and eligibility criteria in the Journalism category as well as in the TV (Video), Radio (Audio) and Children’s broadcasting categories, please visit our Entries page.

The deadline for entries is 5pm 1 February 2019.

If you need inspiration have a look at the winners of the 2018 Sandford St Martin Awards.

You can also see the full list of programmes shortlisted in 2018 .

» Enter the 2019 Sandford St Martin Awards

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.

Read about the Trust’s other outreach projects on our Events page.

Read Angela Graham’s blog about the NUJ Training Wales event ‘Reporting Belief’ here.

Why religious broadcasting?

Why does quality religious broadcasting 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.