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:
£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
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