Expert Citizens is a Community Interest Company led by people with lived experience of homelessness, mental ill- health, addiction, domestic abuse, poverty or histories of offending behaviour.

Through the INSIGHT awards we want to celebrate examples of positive or/and outstanding practice that tackles social disadvantages wherever we may find them.

Now in its second year, the INSIGHT Through Journalism Award recognises and celebrates the best representation of the interlocking nature of social disadvantages 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 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 about social disadvantage.

  • Reporting and analysis of the complexities associated with social 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 2019 and 30th October 2020.

Deadline for INSIGHT Through Journalism Award submissions is Sunday 31st January 2021 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 complex social issues. 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 social disadvantage in all of its forms”   Darren Murinas, CEO, Expert Citizens CIC

To make a nomination

To make a nomination for the INSIGHT through journalism award send the link(s) to the media content you wish to put forward, along with a paragraph explaining why you think it is exemplary and fits the criteria set out above to:

Alternatively this can be submitted in the form of a short video sent via wetransfer to

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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Last years shortlisted journalists

Maeve McClenaghan, from Bureau Local, at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism for their Dying Homeless Project.

Peter Blackburn,Senior Staff Writer, at The British Medical Association.

Estel Farell-Roig, Senior reporter at WalesOnline