Shortlists for the 2015 MJA Winter awards revealed

By January 15, 2015Public

Our judges have been busy, weighing the merits of the 137 entries to this year’s Winter Awards — an all-time record — and we can now reveal the names of the finalists. 

Only one in each category will be a winner on the night, the others will be commended.

To find out who, help us celebrate excellence in medical and health journalism and enjoy an evening catching up with colleagues, don’t forget to CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE (You will need to be logged in. If you are not a member, please  email honorary secretary Philippa Pigache to confirm your attendance and arrange payment.)

The presentation takes place on February 5, 2015 at the Jon Snow room, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP.

(Shortlisted entrants may bring a guest without charge, the cost for for other guests in £18. Again, please email honorary secretary Philippa Pigache to arrange payment)

Here are the shortlists:


Roche logo smallBroadcast feature, sponsored by Roche

Alok Jha
Kerri Smith
Fergus Walsh
Judges: Sky news reporter Gillian Joseph; Richard Frediani, editor of ITV’s 6.30pm News and Eleanor Bradford, BBC Scotland health correspondent.


GalliardData journalism, sponsored by Galliard

Dawn Connelly
Sabilah Eboo
Kerri Smith
Will Stahl-Timmins
Judges: Martin Stabe, head of interactive news and data journalism at the FT; Valentina D’Efilippo, author The Infographic History of the World and Emma Bower, editor


Column or opinion, sponsored by MSDMSD logo small

Elena Cattaneo and Gilberto Corbellini

Daniel Sokol

Patrick Strudwick

Judges: Dr Mark Porter, media medic and presenter of BBC4’s Inside Health; Graham Scott, editor Nursing Standard and Adele Waters, executive editor, HSJ.


mja logo smallHealth education, sponsored by the MJA

 Neil Hallows

 Jane Spence

Judges: Dan Townend, lecturer in journalism Kingston University London; Dominic Nutt, director of communications – The Saatchi Cancer Initiative and Jerome Burne, freelance writer and former MJA award winner.


Lilly logo smallInvestigative reporting/scoop (general audience), sponsored by Lilly

Kate Kelland

Ric Esther Bienstock

Chris Smyth

Judges: Broadcast journalist Vivienne Parry, Nigel Praities, editor, Pulse and MJA chair Dr Lawrence McGinty.


Investigative reporting/scoop (specialist audience), sponsored by the BMABMA logo small

Andy McNicoll

Caroline Price

Judges: Elizabeth Hunt, deputy editor, Daily Telegraph; MJA chair Dr Lawrence McGinty and Ingrid Torjesen, freelance journalist specialist media.


novo nordisk logo smallPersonal story, sponsored by Novo Nordisk

Pete Docherty

Amelia Gentleman

Zosia Kmietowicz

Judges: Barbara Rowlands, director magazine journalism MA City University London; Neil Durham, editor, GP and Maya Anaokar, associate director Edelman.

GSK logo smallProfile of a health or medical figure, sponsored by GSK

Alison Abbott

Catherine de Lange

Judges: Jill Palmer, freelance journalist and former health editor of the Mirror; Andrew Williams, lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Dr Ellie Cannon, media medic.


Astellas logo smallScience explained, sponsored by Astellas

Chloe Lambert

Patrick Strudwick

Fergus Walsh

Judges: Anna Hodgekiss, health editor, Mail Online; Lilian Anekwe, consumer health editor, BMJ and Dr Mike Smith, Chair of the Patients’ Association and a media medic.


snowman in landscape framTony Thistlethwaite health book, sponsored by the MJA

David Adam

Sandra Hempel

Judges: Marjorie Wallace, journalist, author and campaigner; Andy Cowper, comment editor, HSJ and Tessa Hilton, editor at large, Woman & Home.


mja logo smallVideo journalism, sponsored by the MJA

Ross Lydall

Anna Magee

Charlotte Stoddart

Fergus Walsh

 Judges: Alison Gow, editor, digital innovation, Trinity Mirror Group; Rachel Younger, health editor at ITV and Dan Fox, multimedia producer at BMJ Learning.

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