Two journalists working for the Milton Keynes-based Olympic news website insidethegames.biz have been shortlisted for prizes at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards.
Reporter Liam Morgan has been nominated in the young sports writer category while chief feature writer Mike Rowbottom is in the frame for best sports news reporter.
Winners and highly commended entries will be revealed at the 41st staging of the awards, held by the Sports Journalists’ Association, on February 26 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.
Liam, who joined insidethegames.biz in January 2015, travelled around the world on a number of assignments since he started working for insidethegames.biz. Last year’s travels included covering the International Olympic Committee Session in Lima, Peru and World Championships in four sports.
He is currently at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
“It is great to be nominated with so many other young journalists when the standard of entries was so high,” said 25-year-old Morgan.
“I’d like to thank editor Duncan Mackay and managing director Sarah Bowron for allowing me to cover some of the best sporting events in the world.”
The winner of the young sports writer category will receive The Ian Wooldridge Trophy, dedicated to the former Daily Mail journalist who died of cancer in 2007.
Also shortlisted are Adam Crafton and Amitai Winehouse from the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Ben Fisher from The Guardian and Observer, Amy Lofthouse from the BBC, Hugo Lowell from the i and Tom Roddy from Newsweek.
Mike is shortlisted alongside Elizabeth Ammon from The Times, Ian Herbert from the Daily Mail and Independent, Martha Kelner from The Guardian and Observer, Matt Law from The Telegraph, Matt Lawton from the Daily Mail and Ben Rumsby from The Telegraph.
He has written for insidethegames.biz since its launch in October 2005, and is the only writer nominated for the award in his category who does not work for a British national newspaper.
“For Liam and me to be nominated for such prestigious awards is a great accolade for insidethegames – a fast-expanding site that I am proud to work for,” Rowbottom said.
Last year insidethegames.biz was voted the winner of the Best in Sports Media at the Sports Business Awards.
“Congratulations to Mike and Liam for their nominations which are fully deserved and come after lots of hard work,” said insidethegames.biz editor Mackay, a former winner of both British Sports Journalist of the Year and British Sports News Reporter.
“It once again highlights that insidethegames is the number one Olympic website in the world.”