MJA Chair Shaun Lintern has been shortlisted for Health Journalist of the Year in this year’s British Press Awards for his “definitive story” on Lucy Letby, the neonatal nurse convicted of killing seven infants and the attempted murder of six others in her care.
The Press Awards website says, “Using his contacts and investigative skills Lintern obtained new information about the scale of deaths linked to Paterson via coroners. He spent time with families, read medical reports, interviewed key players and encouraged sources to reveal the true extent of the coroner investigation”
His Times colleague Eleanor Hayward is also one of the finalists for Health Journalist of the Year, with the website noting, “Hayward has demonstrated her versatility and impact as a journalist, getting to the heart of the key health issues facing the country.
“She has broken scoops, while also humanising the complex issues facing the NHS by spending days alongside staff and patients on the frontline, enabling her to tell health stories in an original and insightful way.”
Clarity and compassion
So, too, is MJA member Sarah Neville of the Financial Times, with the website noting, “Sarah Neville’s entry showcases her ability to write about complicated and sensitive subjects – infertility, cancer and dementia – with depth, clarity and compassion. Each article revealed important information that readers told us had led them to make changes in their own lives.”
MJA members Robin McKie, the Observer’s science editor, and Tom Whipple from The Times, have both made the shortlist for Science And Technology Journalist of the Year. Robin is lauded for “his remarkable capacity to write across a wide and varied range of subjects and to make accessible and popular complex concepts and developments”. While Tom’s entry explores the double-edged sword of AI.
Click here to see the shortlists in full. Winners will be announced on April 18.