Guardian journalist wins prestigious medical journalism award

Article date: 26 November 2003

The Guardian’s James Meikle scooped first prizeat the industry’s leading awards for medical journalism.

He was the winner of the General Medical Consumer News categoryat the prestigious Norwich Union Healthcare Medical JournalismAwards 2003 for his piece on CJD. The Awards recognise and rewardthe talent, enterprise and responsibility of those in the fields ofmedical and related financial journalism.

The winners, which came from a wide range of media, were namedat the awards ceremony in London last night (Tuesday 25 November2003).

Celia Hall, chairperson of judges and medical editor on TheDaily Telegraph, said of James’s entry: "This was agreat scoop that led to an inquiry and a change in the way thehealth service protects patients from accidental infection viacontaminated surgical instruments. A piece that was head andshoulders above the rest. James’s article is a classicexample of dedication to a subject."

The awards are now in their twelfth year of sponsorship byNorwich Union Healthcare, and are administered in conjunction withthe Medical Journalists’ Association.

Cathryn Riley, managing director of Norwich Union Healthcare,said: "This year we received the highest number of entries ever.But along with the volume of entries, what has also impressed me istheir sheer diversity – at a time when the world of medicine,health and health finance are becoming ever more complex.

"I am delighted that Norwich Union Healthcare and the MedicalJournalists’ Association are able to provide an avenue forjournalists to be recognised and rewarded for the crucial role theyplay in both educating consumers and informing specialistaudiences."

The full list of Norwich Union Healthcare Medical JournalismAwards winners:

GENERAL MEDICAL

Consumer News
£1,000 first prize - Awarded to: JamesMeikle, Health Correspondent, The Guardian
£150runner-up prize - Awarded to: Jenny Hope, Medical Correspondent,The Daily Mail

Trade News
£1,000 first prize - Awarded to LauraDonnelly, News Editor, Health Service Journal
£150runner-up prize - Awarded to Ian Cameron, Senior Reporter,Pulse

Consumer Feature
£1,000 first prize - Awarded toKaren Gold, Freelancer, Times & Higher EducationSupplement
£150 runner-up prize - Awarded to JeremyLaurance, Health Editor, The Independent
Specialcommendation - Awarded to Colin Meek, Freelancer, HealthWhich?

Trade Feature
£1,000 first prize - Awarded to RayMoynihan, Editor, BMJ
£150 runner-up prize - Awardedto Nick Edwards, Deputy Editor, Health ServiceJournal
Special commendation - Awarded to MatthewChalmers, Features Editor, Physics World

Young Professional
£500 prize - Awarded to KrysiaDiver, Health Editor, Birmingham Evening Mail

FINANCING HEALTHCARE

Consumer News
£1,000 first prize - Awarded to AlexGore, Investigative Reporter, Norwich EveningNews
£150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Liz Phillips,Freelancer, Daily Mail/Money Mail
Specialcommendation - Awarded to James Daley, Personal Finance Reporter,Sunday Telegraph

Trade News
£1,000 first prize - Awarded to PaulSmith, Reporter, Health Service Journal
£150runner-up prize - Awarded to Lynn Rouse, Features Editor, PostMagazine
Special commendation - Awarded to Nerys Hairon,Senior Reporter, Pulse

Young Professional
£500 prize - Awarded to AngelaFaherty, Senior Reporter, Cover Magazine
Specialcommendation – Awarded to Jennifer Taylor, Features Writer,Medeconomics

BROADCASTING
£1,000 first prize - Awarded to MatthewHill, Health Correspondent, BBC Radio 4
£150runner-up prize - Awarded to Sarah Barclay, Reporter,Panorama
Special commendation - Awarded to AndrewVeitch, Science Correspondent, Channel 4 News
Specialcommendation - Awarded to Erika Wright, Senior Reporter, BBCRadio 4

ONLINE
£1,000 first prize - Awarded to MarthaRoberts, Freelance Health Writer, www.icircle.com
£150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Dr Melissa Sayer, GP, www.bbc.co.uk/teens
Special commendation - Awarded to Helen Pearson, Reporter, www.nature.com/nsu

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Norwich Union Healthcare wasfounded in 1990 as the healthcare arm of Norwich Union and nowprovides a range of income protection and private medical insuranceproducts to around 750,000 customers. It is one of the largestproviders of income protection and private medical insurance in theUK.

Norwich Union Healthcare is a member of the General InsuranceStandards Council, the Association of British Insurers and theFinancial Ombudsman Service.

Norwich Union is the UK’s largest insurer. It is a leadingprovider of life, pensions and investment products and one of theleading IFA providers. IFAs provide around 70% of thecompany’s long-term savings business.

Norwich Union has strategic alliances with building societiesand other leading UK brand names including Tesco Personal Financeand The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

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