Judging process

The judging for #Headline17 will take place in March 2017.

Category winners are decided by their peers from around the money media in a rigorous, two-stage nominations and submissions process.

Stage 1 – nominations

Headlinemoney's users represent the financial services media spectrum - from editors, journalists and communications experts at one end, to media relations and PR professionals at the other - and all are urged to make nominations. 

The aim of the awards is to recognise editorial excellence as well as top-flight press communications and PR professionalism. Voters are asked to justify their nominations and explain why they've championed particular journalists or media outlets.

After nominations close shortlists are compiled of the five nominees in each category who received the most votes. Making it on to a shortlist is an achievement in itself. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to submit examples of their work for the second stage of the judging process

Stage 2 - judging sessions

A judging panel of five professionals from different areas of financial services media ultimately determine each awards category winner. Panelists initially score submissions from shortlisted candidates online. They then convene during 'judging week' to discuss their choices face-to-face before deciding on the category winners.

120 judges comprising of senior financial journalists, PRs and prominent names from the financial services industry itself will decide the various award winners.