Our judges have debated, and deliberated, and decided the shortlists for the 2017 MJA Awards.
In some categories, the competition was incredibly tight — which ensured some very lively discussions at the judging day, which was held at the Wellcome Trust. While in others, there were exceptional entries which emerged as clear winners.
Our decision to present an award for Mental Health Story of the Year for the second year in a row was more than vindicated by the record number of entries, and the judges were incredibly impressed with the work health and medical journalists are doing to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
The introduction of a new award for Freelance of the Year has also proved a hit, and illustrated the versatility now demanded of freelancers.
All will be revealed at the ceremony on June 22, at the Barber-Surgeons’ Hall in the City of London, but in the meantime, we congratulate everyone who has made the shortlist. With around 300 entries, making it this far is a major achievement.
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Blogger of the Year
This could be a personal blog or posts written for a blogging platform. The judges were looking for evidence of the blog’s impact, reader engagement and online hits.
Miranda Barry (pseudonym), BMA
Example blog posts submitted: Employers don’t give a teabag for our morale; Why we should stop saying sorry for NHS cuts; How the poor get managed off waiting list
Mary Higgins, BMJ
Example blog posts submitted: The second victim in modern healthcare; The echoes of adverse events; Where dartboards and dominos meet after an adverse event
Shaun Lintern, HSJ
Example blog posts submitted: Does the NHS have its eyes wide shut; The signal and the noise; Thinking like a patient, acting like a taxpayer
Charity Writer or Broadcaster of the Year
This award is for the best written, visual or audio communications for a charity publication and/or website. The judges were looking for content engaging with the charity’s audience.
Sarah Brealey for Material Change published in Heart Matters a publication of the British Heart Foundation
Julie Penfold for Back to Business published in Connect a publication of Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Donna O’Brien for Delivering an Equal Right to Sight written on behalf of SeeAbility published online by the Down’s Syndrome Association
Freelance of the Year
Judges were looking for a range of work, ability to adapt to different genres and publications. Entrants submitted three pieces of work.
Jane Feinmann, for her work for Mosaic, the Daily Mail and the BMJ
Salma Haidrani, for her work for VICE, The Establishment and Refinery29
Faye Kirkland, for her work for BBC news, BBC Radio 4 You and Yours, and Radio 5 Live investigates
Anna Sayburn, for her work for NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines, RCS Bulletin, and WebMD
Regional Reporter of the Year
Jonathan Gibson, for his investigation for BBC Inside Out, West Midlands, to expose the disturbing trade in repeat prescriptions provided to patients in good faith who are then illegally selling them on.
Pamela McGowan, for Maternity plans are not safe published by North West and Cumbria’s News & Star
Aasma Day, for The great NHS gamble published by The Lancashire Post
Mental Health Story of the Year
News, features or broadcast package.
Alison Abbott, for The mental health crisis among migrants published by Nature
James Gallagher, presenter; Rachael Buchanan, producer; Andrew Luck-Baker, producer, for The Inflamed Mind, broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Sophie Hutchinson, for Revealed: Britain’s mental health crisis a Panorama programme for BBC One
Catherine Jones, for Mental health services in England are failing patients, a 5 News exclusive
Katie Silver, for The heritability of mental illness a podcast for ABC Australia
Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by Healthcare At Home
Entrants who have been working in health and medical journalism for less than 36 months. Judges were looking for evidence of impact, engagement, topicality and balance.
Layla Haidrani, for Every picture tells a story published in Learning Disability Practice a publication of RCNi
Stephen Matthews, for The IVF clampdown published by Mail Online
Patrick Russell, for Over half of mental health trusts cut crisis beds despite Government £1 billion funding pledge for ITV news
Feature of the Year, Broadcast
Sponsored by MSD
These are features for a television or radio audience
Mike Hally, Producer, Mark Whitaker, Executive Producer for Farewell Dr Finlay, made by Square Dog Radio LLP and broadcast on BBC Radio Four
Barbie Maclaurin, for The drug trial emergency at the hospital, a BBC 2 Drama Documentary
Fergus Walsh, for Tremors an exclusive story for BBC TV News
Feature of the Year, Specialist Audience
Sponsored by Astellas
These are features for a specialist audience usually appearing in a publication dedicated to health, medicine or science.
Kat Arney, for The power of the unfocused mind published in TES
Gareth Iacobucci, for NHS in 2017: the long arm of government published in the BMJ
Natasha Loder, for Hello, again, Dolly published in the Economist
Meera Senthilingam, for Sex in the UK: how culture and society can define your sexual health published by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Emma Young, for Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening published by Mosaic
Feature of the Year, General Audience
Sponsored by Novo Nordisk
These are features for a general, consumer audience.
Sarah Boseley, for Think the Aids epidemic is over? Far from it – it could be getting worse published in the Guardian
Oliver Moody, for Century-long war on Alzheimer’s edges towards uncertain endgame published in The Times
Good Housekeeping team: Julie Powell, Health Director; Lindsay Nicholson, Editorial Director; and Michelle Hather, Deputy Editor. Plus Liz O’Riordan, Breast Cancer Surgeon and Anne Montague, Health Writer for GH guide to breast cancer by the women who know published in Good Housekeeping
Katie Silver, for UK doctors heading to Australia published in The Saturday Paper
Patrick Strudwick, for This is what it’s like to be dying of AIDS and then survive published by Buzzfeed
News Story of the Year, Broadcast
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
These are news stories for a television or radio audience
Rachael Buchanan, for a report on the controversial work to grow human organs within pigs for the BBC Ten O Clock news. This news piece also served as a taster for a Panorama the following evening, Medicine’s Big Breakthrough: Editing Your Genes. Which was co-produced by Howard Bradburn, who directed the filming. Interviewing and scripting was by Fergus Walsh.
Shamini Bundell, for a report on the ‘paperfuge’ for Nature Video
News Story of the Year, Specialist Audience
Sponsored by Shire
These are news stories for a specialist audience usually appearing in a publication dedicated to health, medicine or science.
Peter Blackburn, for Capital crisis: STP money fails to materialise published by the BMA online
Jessica Hamzelou, for ‘3-parent’ baby success published in New Scientist
Stephanie Jones-Berry, for Exclusive: I had to use food banks as I have had literally no money published in the Nursing Standard
Shaun Lintern, for Exclusive: Huge leak reveals BMA plan to draw-out junior doctors dispute published in the HSJ
Clare Wilson, for Massive drop in London HIV rates may be due to internet drugs published in New Scientist
News Story of the Year, General Audience
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
These are news stories for a general, consumer audience.
Laura Donnelly, Bullying ‘led 999 staff to attempt suicide’ published in The Daily Telegraph
Andrew Gregory, for HIV organs used in NHS transplant for first time ever in medical breakthrough published in The Mirror
Billy Kenber, for ‘Extortionate’ prices add £260m to NHS drugs bill published in The Times
Chris Smyth, for Junk food ban dropped after ministers bow to lobbyists published in The Times
Nick Triggle, for NHS Consultant paid £375,000 in overtime published by BBC News Online
Case Study of the Year
Sponsored by Lilly
These add human interest to complex medical stories making them more relevant to readers, listeners, and viewers.
Aasma Day, for Make an end a beginning, published by the Lancashire Post
Rachel Ellis for We are proof Dry January really IS worth doing: 5 drinkers who gave up alcohol for a month reveal their astonishing results published by Good Health, Daily Mail.
Andrew Gregory for HIV kidney transplant patient reveals why he decided to be medical pioneer published by the Daily Mirror
Rob Osborne for In Focus: Struggling to cope broadcast by ITV Wales
Caroline Scott, for Tom, who was so full of life, was killed in a tragic hockey accident at the age of 22: Now his organs have helped up to 50 people in need of transplants published by Daily Mail, Good Health.
Sponsored by Roche
Judges were looking for complex or emerging science stories made clear for a lay or specialist audience. Matching explanation to audience is vital.
Linda Geddes, for The complex circumstances that defined your gender, published by BBC Future
Jacqui Thornton, for When the miracle of childbirth turns to life and death published by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Kat Arney, for The viruses that made us human for BBC Focus Magazine
Natasha Loder, for Adding ages: the fight to cheat death is hotting up published in The Economist
Geoff Watts, for The engineer who fixed his own heart published by Mosaic
Editor of the Year
Sponsored by Sanofi
This category is for editors of publications, health pages/sections, and websites. Entrants were allowed to submit three pieces of their work.
Lilian Anekwe, Deputy Editor of Chemist and Druggist (C+D)
Chrissie Giles, Editor of Mosaic
Justine Hancock, Editor Daily Mail Good Health
Nigel Praities, Editor of Pulse
Nick Triggle, for leading and editing the BBC’s online coverage of three major projects the Cost of Care Guide, the Ambulance Pressure day and the week-long NHS Health Check.
Outstanding Contribution to Health or Medical Journalism
Sponsored by NHS Confederation
The entry our judges thought was the best of the best.
The shortlist for this category is revealed at the ceremony.
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Congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist.