Entries for the Discovery Health Journalism Awards 2011 have opened for journalists that produced work across the healthcare sector in South Africa that was published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2011. The closing date for entries is 3 February 2012 and the awards ceremony will take place in May 2012.
Following last year's competition, the judges commented that they would like to see more media houses enter the competition and engage in health journalism. "We would like to urge more broadcast journalists to enter into the awards as the categories are medium neutral," said Professor Tawana Kupe, the convener of the judging panel and Dean of Humanities at the University of Witswaterand. "As a judging panel, we would like to see more accurate reporting on scientific facts, journalism that has multiple perspectives and more South African context specificity," he concluded.
A new category will be introduced from 2011, the LoveLife Young Upcoming Health Journalist of the Year. Submissions for this category are open to journalists who are younger than 30 years of age and are employed by or had published work in South African media. The aim of the award is to promote quality health journalism within the country's diverse range of media.
The categories are:
Best health news reporting
Best healthy lifestyle feature
Best health consumer and feature reporting
Best investigative reporting
Best analysis and commentary
Best radio health journalism
Best television health journalism
Best trade publication health journalism
Best health economics journalism
LoveLife young upcoming health journalist of the year (New)
Discovery Health Journalist of the Year
This award is for reporting on health and healthcare issues, demonstrating a commitment to the principles of journalism in pursuit of a greater understanding of health and healthcare by society. The prize is for work that sets the benchmark for other health journalists. The judging panel will choose the winner of this main award from the winning entrants of the ten categories of the competition.
Entries must be submitted either by email in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF), post, or delivered to Discovery's head office at 155 West Street, Sandton, 2146. For more information, email Duke Malan . Download the entry form (Size: 345KB)
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