Ask any of our shortlisters and they’ll tell you that the process of compiling the Sandford St Martin shortlists is never easy.  A bit like comparing apples with pears with oranges with elephants – challenging and sometimes controversial.  Add to that febrile atmosphere the fact that in the midst of this year’s shortlisting process, suddenly and dramatically, the world changed and our lives with it.

Against the backdrop of Covid-19, it’s been heartening and inspirational to have had the opportunity to watch and listen to your entries this year.  These are strange and uncertain days and, while it’s always a privilege to review the shortlists, the broadcast content represented here has served as a reminder of what ultimately brings and holds us together, and then inspires us to keep looking forward. Thank you for that.

Particular congratulations to those entries shortlisted for an award;  you can find out more about all of them by clicking on the programme names below.  Congratulations to you all.

Winners will be announced in a special digitally streamed ceremony Sandford St Martin Awards 2020 on June 11th.

Anna McNamee, Executive Director, Sandford St Martin Trust

2 April 2020

Broadcast Journalism Shortlist

Heart & Soul: Jewish and Returning to Germany

BBC Radio Production North for BBC World Service

How a conference call sparked America’s abortion obsession 

The Guardian for

Sri Lanka’s New War

101 East, Al Jazeera English for Al Jazeera English

The Hour of Lynching

Field of Vision, The Guardian, Pulitzer Center, Cave Pictures for Guardian documentaries, Field of Vision

The Rising Right in Europe

BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC Radio 4

Witness – The Feeling of Being Watched: Surveillance in a US-Arab Community

Al Jazeera English – Witness for Al Jazeera English

Television/Video Shortlist

1944: Should We Bomb Auschwitz?

Oxford Films for BBC Two

For Sama

Channel 4 News and ITN Productions for Channel 4 and Frontline PBS

The Funeral Director

Gmarsh TV Productions for RTÉ

The Last Survivors

Minnow Films for BBC Two

The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On

VICE Studios UK Ltd for BBC Two

Witness – Survivors: Inside Sierra Leone’s Ebola Epidemic

Al Jazeera English – Witness for Al Jazeera English

Radio/Audio Shortlist

A Bright Yellow Light 

BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC Radio 4 

 Heart and Soul: Praise Bee! 

Geoff Bird for BBC World Service 

Heart and Soul: The Wind Phone 

Falling Tree Productions for BBC World Service 

Riot Days: The Pussy Riot story, Part 1

BBC Radio Drama London for BBC Radio 4 

 Tell It: No Sex Before Marriage?  (Series)

BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network Production for BBC Radio 1 / Radio 1Xtra

This Is My Story Podcast Episode 1: Allen Langham 

United Christian Broadcasters for UCB Player App / Podcast Platforms 

Children’s Broadcasting Shortlist

Finding My Family: Holocaust – A Newsround Special

BBC Children’s In-House Productions for CBBC / iPlayer

Hijab & Me

CTVC Ltd  for

How the Other Kids Live – Episode 1 Birmingham

Firecracker Films for Channel 4

Now I Can Breathe

CTVC Ltd for

The Dengineers / Black History Den

BBC Children’s In-House Productions for CBBC / iPlayer

Treasure Champs (Series)

Three Arrows Media for CBeebies