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We are delighted to announce our judges for the 2017 Gorkana Journalism Awards

Cheryl Douglas


Head of Media Research & Jobs, Cheryl joined Gorkana in February 2010, she was brought in to drive best practice and revamp the database research team.  Cheryl previously worked for News UK (17 years) covering a number of high level positions within The Times, Sunday Times, The Sun.  Her last role within the News UK was Brand Compliance and having worked for the media for over 25 years she has an unprecedented insight in the journalist community.

Cheryl loves the ever changing media landscape, especially how blogs and bloggers play an increasing role in how news/information is shared and absorbed.

She was invited to join The London Press Club as a Director in February 2015 as her commitment to the media industry.



Philip Smith

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Head of News and Content at Gorkana. A former editor of Media Week, Philip hosts Gorkana’s successful and expansive programme of media briefing events with leading editors and journalists in UK media and oversees its content marketing, which includes a daily PR news service, webinar programme and the publication of White Papers on key industry topics, from measurement in PR to how journalists are using social media in their work.

Prior to joining Gorkana, Philip was content director at content marketing business Quill and, in a 15 year career at Haymarket Media, held a number of senior editorial, digital and commercial content roles on a variety of b2b titles, including Management Today andC ampaign.

An experienced public speaker and judge, Philip has chaired the Media Week Awards and sat on industry-leading judging panels for PR Week, the PPA, Clear Channel’s Outdoor Planning Awards, the IDM and the Content Marketing Association among others.


Brad Gyori

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Brad Gyori is a Senior Lecture in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University. He has worked as a writer producer for such networks as E!, MTV, VH1, FX and HBO Online. For ten years, he was Head Writer of the Emmy-award-winning comedy show Talk Soup. He loves every conceivable form of storytelling and has written screenplays, stage plays, documentaries, news packages, novels, TV episodes and numerous journal articles. He is currently developing an interactive story app titled Shelley’s Heart and is also collaborating with BU’s Mat Charles to create Target Bacrim, a serious game that places users in the role of a journalist investigating Colombian paramilitary groups.  His hobbies include playing guitar, singing too loud and writing about himself in the 3rd person.