Independent on Sunday journalist wins prestigious medical journalism awards

Article date: 27 November 2002

Sophie Goodchild, of the Independent on Sunday, hasscooped first prize at the industry’s leading awards formedical journalism.

She won a commendation in the General Medical Consumer Featurescategory at the prestigious Norwich Union Healthcare MedicalJournalism Awards 2002, which recognise and reward the talent,enterprise and responsibility of those in the fields of medical andrelated financial journalism.

The winners, which came from a wide range of media, were namedat the awards ceremony in London last night (Tuesday 26 November2002).

Celia Hall, chairperson of judges and medical editor at theDaily Telegraph, said of Sophie’s entry: “Anemotional and powerful piece about author, playwright and Broadmoorpatient, Janet Cresswell. Sophie’s feature would have been avery difficult story to write – and it’s a subject thatis long overdue and much neglected by the media. This piece drawsyou in and makes you want to read on.”

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

David Rogers, managing director of Norwich Union Healthcare,said: “The worlds of medicine, health and health finance arebecoming ever more complex, particularly during the eleven yearssince we first become involved with these awards. With thosechanges come increasingly tough challenges to the medical media, beit in print, on air or online.

“These awards celebrate the very best of journalism inthis field, and the critical role that journalists play –from educating consumers and informing specialist audiences, todelving into previously uncharted areas and unearthing the realstory behind the headlines.”

The full list of winners:

General Medical

  • Consumer
    £1,000 first prize - Awarded to: Steve Connor, Science Editor,The Independent£150 runner-up prize - Awarded to: JulieCush, Health Reporter, The Evening Chronicle,Newcastle
  • Professional
    £1,000 first prize - Awarded to Brian Kelly, Senior ClinicalNewsreporter, Pulse


  • Consumer
    £1,000 first prize - Awarded to Sophie Goodchild, Home AffairsCorrespondent, Independent on Sunday
    £150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Nick Morgan, Reader’sDigest Special Commendation - Awarded to Jo Knowsley, SocialAffairs Editor, The Mail on Sunday
  • Professional
    £1,000 first prize - Awarded to Sarah Grant, Senior Reporter,Hospital Doctor
    £150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Tim Burrowes, Editor,Hospital Doctor
  • Young Entrant
    - £500 prize - Awarded to Clare Hughes, freelance journalist,British Medical Journal – Career Focus Specialcommendation - Awarded to Amanda Eleftheriades, Senior Reporter,Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter

Financing Healthcare

  • Consumer
    £1,000 first prize - Awarded to Patrick Collinson, PersonalFinance Editor, The Guardian, Jobs and Money section
    £150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Neasa MacErlean, Reporter,The Observer Special Commendation - Awarded to Joy Ogden,News Editor, Health Plus (Yours)
  • Professional
    £1,000 first prize - Awarded to Edmund Tirbutt, Freelance,Health Insurance
    £150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Suzanne Clarkson, Deputy Editor,Money Management
  • Younger Entrant
    £500 prize - Awarded to Kirstie Redford, Editor, CoverMagazine


£1,000 first prize - Awarded to Jolyon Jenkins,‘Medical Mistakes’, BBC Radio 4 - File on4
£150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Andrew Thompson, ‘LifeBlood’, Horizon Special Commendation - Awarded to PeterHenley, ‘Asbestosis’, BBC TV South Today


£1,000 first prize - Awarded to Helen Pearson, Reporter, NatureScience Update
£150 runner-up prize - Awarded to Dr Patricia McNair, Freelance,BBCi


Media contacts:
Matthew Buchanan or Jo Misson, QBO, Tel: 020 7379 0304.

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