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Anti-poverty campaign leads to Foot shortlist place

A campaign by the London Evening Standard to reduce poverty in the capital has earned one of its journalists a shortlist place for a prestigious award.

David Cohen from the title is one of the journalists who could be in line to win £5,000 under the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism.

He has been nominated for the prize, which will be announced next Tuesday, for the Standard’s Dispossessed Fund, which raised nearly £5m for charities which help those in poverty.

The Standard’s campaign began when David exposed the level of poverty in London today including the continued existence of mass paupers’ graves.

His articles on this have also earned him a place on the shortlist for the Bevins Prize for investigative journalism.

The shortlist also includes Eamonn McCann for articles in the Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph and the Guardian about Bloody Sunday – using his journalism to campaign for justice for the families for almost 40 years.

The Paul Foot Award was set up by the Guardian and Private Eye in honour of the campaigning journalist following his death in 2004.

Also shortlisted for this year’s award were:
Jonathan Calvert and Clare Newell The Sunday Times
Nick Davies, The Guardian
Linda Geddes, The New Scientist
Clare Sambrook, openDemocracy, The Guardian, Private Eye and other publications