Sarah Hughes Trust Prize for exposing ‘fake’ news – entries now open

By June 8, 2023Public

History of Medicine Society: Sarah Hughes Trust Prize in conjunction with the Medical Journalist’s Association

This prize is for emerging or established journalists working with healthcare practitioners or media outlets that expose the use of false or misleading information (so-called ‘fake news’) in health and medicine. The purpose of the prize is to further educational activities between journalists and healthcare practitioners, while taking into account both equality and diversity.

Sarah was a talented journalist whose life was cut short when she died from breast cancer on Easter Monday 2021 at the age of 48. Sarah was a history graduate from St Andrews University and was fascinated by, studied and wrote about the human condition in all its manifestations, good or bad, real or imagined.

Her family and friends raised funds for an annual lecture to be held under the auspices of the RSM History of Medicine Society, and for this new prize.

First prize: £1000

Submission deadline: Friday 28 July 2023

Date of meeting: Friday 1 December 2023

Open to: Any emerging or established journalist who has written a piece or made a broadcast that debunks fake news in the field of medical journalism over the last 12 months.

Application guidelines: Entries should be individual news pieces or features aimed at preventing the spread of fake news and calling out those promulgating fake news. For charities and not for profits entries would need to demonstrate and provide examples of media coverage achieved by their actions.

If submitting a published piece, then please provide a link to the piece. Then explain how your article or broadcast has addressed ‘fake news’. For charities and not for profits entries please also provide a link to the article or broadcast, and then use the rest of the space to describe your work.

Find out more and enter now

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