Times journalist wins prestigious medical journalism award

Article date: 22 November 2005

Mark Henderson of The Times scooped first prize at theindustry’s leading awards for medical journalism.

Mark was the winner of the General Medical Consumer News categoryat the prestigious Norwich Union Healthcare Medical JournalismAwards 2005 for his piece on Designer Babies. The awards celebratethe very best of journalism in the healthcare arena and thecritical role that journalists play in educating and informingaudiences.

The winners, who came from a wide range of media, were announced atthe Medical Journalism awards ceremony held in London last night(Monday 21 November 2005).

Celia Hall, chairperson of the judges and health editor of TheDaily Telegraph, said of Mark Henderson’s entry:“Mark has written a strong, predictive story that proved tobe correct and turned out to be the first in a series ofcontroversial decisions in the field of human embryology. This wasa fine example of an exclusive news story.”

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

Graham Boffey, managing director of Norwich Union Healthcare, said:“I have enjoyed reading through the entries and yet again thestandard of journalism has been both impressive and educational.The world of health and medicine continues to evolve at a morehectic pace – the challenge to report clearly and effectivelyon increasingly complex issues is tougher than ever.

It gives me huge pleasure that Norwich Union Healthcare continue tosponsor this important event in conjunction with the MedicalJournalists’ Association. The peer recognition it brings isjust reward for the efforts of journalists constantly striving toeducate their readership and unearth the real stories behind theheadlines.”

Norwich Union Healthcare Medical Journalism Awardswinners for 2005:

General Medical
Consumer News
£1,000 first prize – MarkHenderson, The Times, "Cancer free 'designer babies' getapproval".
Special commendation – Jeremy Laurance, TheIndependent, "The new superbug threatening Britain’shospitals".

Consumer Feature
£1,000 first prize – MargaretMcCartney, Financial Times, "Why screening can be bad foryour health".

Trade News
£1,000 first prize – Daniel Martin, Health ServiceJournal, "Number of ambulances could be halved by2011".
Special commendation – Emma Baines, GP Newspaper,"GP flu targets hit by vaccine shortages" GP Newspaper.

Trade Feature
£1,000 first prize – Nerys Hairon,Pulse Magazine, "My nine weeks of hell after beingarrested for murder".

Best Newcomer
£750 prize – Lyndsay Moss,Press Association, "Fertility tourism warning as donoranonymity ends".

Financing Healthcare
Consumer News
£1,000 first prize – Mark Nicholls,Eastern Daily Press, "£30m Norfolk NHS crisis".
Special commendation – Moira O’Neill, MoneyObserver, "Steps for a healthy retirement".

Trade News
£1,000 first prize – Peter Madigan,Cover Magazine, "A fairer sex – Transexual peopleseeking life insurance".
Special commendation – David Sawers, HealthInsurance, "A question of capacity".

Best Newcomer - Trade
£750 prize – HollyWilliams, Money Management, "Are you being served? PrivateMedical Insurance".
Special commendation – Mike Foster, BMA News,"Spanner in the works".

Best Newcomer – Consumer
£750 prize – EmmaBrady, The Birmingham Post, "Internet plea to pay forkidney operation".

Broadcast - TV
£1,000 first prize – Fergus Walsh,BBC News, "Polio in Nigeria".
Special commendation – Liz Bloor, BBC Panorama,"Undercover nurse".

£1,000 first prize – Dorothy Parker,BBC Scotland, "The real cost of care".
Special commendation, Peter Cullimore, ITV Wales, "Gameboy".

Broadcast Radio
£1,000 first prize – Matthew Hill,BBC Radio 4, "Out of hours GPs".
Special commendation – John Waite, BBC Radio 4,"Face the facts".

£1,000 first prize, Richard Wilson, BBCRadio Scotland, "The Jack ‘n’ Jill, 50 years ofthe Pill".


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  • Norwich Union is the UK’s largest insurer. It is theUK’s largest provider of life, pensions and investmentproducts and one of the leading Financial Adviser (FA) providers.FAs provide around 75% of the company’s long-term savingsbusiness.
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About Norwich Union Healthcare

  • Norwich Union Healthcare was founded in 1990 as the healthcarearm of Norwich Union and now provides a range of income protectionand private medical insurance products that cover over 870,000lives. It is one of the largest providers of income protection andprivate medical insurance in the UK.
  • Member of the Association of British Insurers and theFinancial Ombudsman Service.

About The Medical Journalists' Association

  • The MJA is an independent professional association for anyonewho writes, edits or produces material on health or medicine inthe media. The current membership includes medical and healthcarejournalists, as well as doctors, nurses and therapists,contributing to national and provincial newspapers, specialist,business and consumer magazines, radio and television, the web andbooks. www.mja-uk.org.

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