The 2020 Sandford St Martin Awards

The Sandford St Martin Awards recognise broadcast content that explores religious, ethical or moral themes.

The 2020 Awards will open for entries in mid November 2019. There are four categories – Journalism, TV (Video), Radio (Audio) and Children’s.  Entries must have been broadcast for the first time between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

If you want to find out more about the Awards or if you’re looking for inspiration, you can read about the finalists for the 2019 Awards or read last year’s eligibility criteria on our Entries page.

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 new series of Media Salons and other outreach projects on our Events page.

Read Nicola Meyrick’s blog Why Good Journalists Believe in Religion and find out about her contribution to the 2019 Religion and Media Festival 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. 

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