The annual MJA Awards recognise and reward outstanding examples of health and medical journalism. Each year we review awards categories to ensure they reflect both the diversity of our membership and the media in which we work.
These include awards for news and features for general, specialist and broadcast outlets, as well as prizes for newcomers, freelancers and podcasters. We also highlight specific subjects with awards for Mental Health Story of the Year, Science Explained and the David Delvin prize for sex and sexual health journalism.
Occasionally we recognise an exceptional contribution to communicating health and medicine with a lifetime achievement award. These awards are decided by vote of our Executive Committee (EC), although any MJA member can put forward proposed candidates to the EC. Previous recipients include Dr Oliver Gillie, Dr Jonathan Miller and Claire Rayner.
In 2018 the MJA introduced a new award for healthcare communications agencies and in-house teams which recognises excellence in producing media materials journalists want. This award is supported the Healthcare Communications Association.
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Lifetime Achievement Award:
Roll of honour
Claire Rayner (OBE), the nurse, journalist, broadcaster, agony aunt and health campaigner whose last words were: “Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I’ll come back and bloody haunt him.”
Ronnie Bedford (OBE) a founder member of the MJA and legendary science reporter for the Daily Mirror who once famously asked NASA officials ‘Will the astronauts be carrying cyanide kits to the moon?’
Dr Michael O’Donnell, a physician, journalist, author, broadcaster and GMC ‘rebel’ and reformer, who presented television programmes including Is Your Brain Really Necessary and edited the ground-breaking magazine World Medicine.
Dr David Delvin, an award-winning physician, journalist, author and broadcaster who has written 27 books and appeared on more than 800 radio and TV programmes.
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