Sportsbeat journalist scoops top cricket reporting award
Sportsbeat’s Charlie Talbot-Smith has been awarded a top cricketing journalism prize by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Talbot Smith (pictured with The Cricket Paper’s Craig Chisnall) was named Young Cricket Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the English county scene while The Cricket Paper, who Sportsbeat have worked with since the title was launched earlier this year, was also recognised as national newspaper of the year.
He was awarded his prize – which includes a £5,000 travel bursary to cover cricket abroad – at Lord’s and later attended a Buckingham Palace reception, along with country champions Durham.
It’s the second year in a row that a Sportsbeat journalist has won the prestigious prize, with David Jordan – recently appointed deputy editor – the winner in 2012 and highly-commended again this year.
“Charlie trained with us and joined the agency newsdesk three years ago,” said Sportsbeat’s executive editor David Parsons.
“He had a string of exclusives and top quality features this year and his award is a fantastic recognition for this work and we’re incredibly proud of his achievement.
“We are also delighted for our friends at the Cricket Paper, in particular editor David Emery and deputy editor Craig Chisnall, that their hard work has been recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“It’s a great way to end the season – and hopefully England can give us something to cheer about in the Ashes now.”
Chairman of the Cricket Writers’ Club Pat Gibson added: “The awards are designed to recognise outstanding coverage of county cricket and there was no doubt that The Cricket Paper produced the most comprehensive, consistent coverage at every level of the domestic game in 2013.
“The Cricket Paper and Sportsbeat also provided two of the three outstanding entries for the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Journalist of the Year award in Charlie Talbot-Smith and David Jordan, last year’s winner, in a strong field which bodes well for the future of cricket writing.”