HR magazine sweeps the board at awards for excellence in HR journalism


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HR magazine scooped three awards, including HR publication of the year, last night at the Towers Watson Awards for Excellence in HR Journalism at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

The magazine took the award for print HR publication of the year. The judges felt the magazine tackled innovative, engaging and thought-provoking issues while also commending HR magazine for its "cutting-edge" design.

In addition deputy editor David Woods won the award for HR journalist of the year (professional and trade press) for his undercover report on long term unemployed jobseekers and his analysis of the Government's attempts to tackle the burden of regulation in employment law.

Woods also took the hotly contested gong for talent management and career development journalist of the year and was highly commended by judges in the business and executive pay category.

Peter Crush, a regular contributer for HR magazine, was highly commended in the category of HR journalist of the year (national media).

Chantal Free, HR Award judge and UK head of rewards, talent and communications at Towers Watson, said: "The judges were taken aback by the number of high-quality entries that we received this year and although many of the categories proved difficult to decide on, we were very pleased with the calibre of winners this year.

"HR management issues continue to be high on the agenda for all businesses and informative, fresh-thinking journalism continues to provoke debate and add to our knowledge and understanding of these issues.

"We would like to thank all of the journalists who took the time to enter the awards and offer congratulations to our worthy winners."

The annual awards, now in its seventh year, attracted more than 90 entries, for the ten categories, from 60 journalists working across the national, regional and HR trade media.

The judging panel comprised respected figures from the UK's HR profession including Steve Hoblyn (Astellas Pharma), Oonagh Ryden (BT Global Services), Graham Snowdon (The Guardian and last year's National journalist winner), Jim Crawley and Chantal Free (from Towers Watson's talent and reward practice).


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