Expert Citizens is a Community Interest Company led by and for people with lived experience of homelessness, mental ill- health, addiction, domestic abuse, acute poverty or histories of offending behaviour. In combination we call this ‘multiple disadvantage’.

The National INSIGHT Awards, now in their fourth year celebrate examples of positive and outstanding practice.

A new addition to the awards in 2019, the Insight Through Journalism Award recognises and celebrates the best representation of the interlocking nature of multiple disadvantage across TV, radio, print and online.  The Insight Through Journalism award aims to recognise and celebrate examples of constructive journalism in this context.  We are looking for examples of journalism that take a solution-focused approach to these complex social issues, raising awareness and empowering audiences, including decision-makers and the public, to respond constructively.

Shortlisted nominations for this award will be drawn from local and national media including radio, print, TV and online.


Successful nominations will demonstrate the following attributes:


Solution focussed approach to a complex social issue

  • The piece(s) of journalism must be on multiple disadvantage –  a combination of two or more of the following: homelessness, mental ill- health, addiction, domestic abuse, poverty or histories of offending behaviour.

  • Reporting and analysis of the complex social issues associated with multiple disadvantage.

  • An evidence-based focus on solutions to these issues that promotes the well-being of the individuals affected, their communities, and wider society.

Involving People with Lived Experience

  • The direct involvement of people with lived experience of the issues being reported and analysed.


  • Content that challenges perceptions / misconceptions is practical, non-judgemental, and avoids stereotyping and negative language.

  • Portrays individuals’ experiences authentically, compassionately and sensitively.

  • Sets individuals’ experiences within a wider social policy context.

  • High quality journalistic content distributed through print, television, radio, or content produced to a professional standard and amplified via social media.

What is not eligible:

  • Articles intended for a professional or academic audience; e.g. trade press content or academic journal articles.

  • Content that perpetuates stereotypes or judgementalism needlessly.

Submissions need to have been published or broadcast between the 30th September 2018 and 30th September 2019

Deadline for your Insight Through Journalism Award submissions is  Thursday 31st October at 12pm. Entries sent after that date will not be considered.


Why the INSIGHT Through Journalism Award Matters?

“We believe that the media can play an important role in putting the spotlight on the  complex social issues associated with multiple needs and the disadvantages that come from it.  The media is starting to take a more nuanced approach in their reporting and we want to champion that. When stories are told accurately, they can have a huge impact on public perceptions and attitudes. Solutions-based journalism can help to change the narrative around multiple needs”   Darren Murinas, CEO, Expert Citizens CIC


Darren Murinas, Expert Citizens

an independent group who have all experienced multiple disadvantages and share their lived experience and expertise with relevant service providers to help shape them.

Jason Smith

Trustee of Safe Ground. Poet, author, workshop facilitator and speaker.

Lisa Newman, The Nelson Trust

Marketing Communications Specialist at The Nelson Trust, providing services tackling root causes of substance misuse, violence, abuse, deprivation and poverty.

Mike Lewis, Nine Lives Media

Managing Director of Nine Lives Media, the biggest factual independent programme maker in the North West.

Philippa Budgen, Freelance Media Consultant

Media consultant with a focus on access to justice, women in prisons, courts. Former BBC journalist.

Laura Furness, The National Lottery Community Fund

Head of Funding for The National Lottery Community Funds Fulfilling Lives programme since 2015. Laura previously worked at the Cabinet Office and for 10 years, worked within drugs services in the criminal justice and voluntary sector.


If you have any other enquiries about the Insight through Journalism Award or about how to enter please email or call: 01782 450760

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Useful Background Reading: NCVO The Express Guide to Constructive Journalism