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Discovery announces Health Journalism Awards finalists

Press release   •   Apr 01, 2014 08:13 GMT

Discovery announces Health Journalism Awards finalists


1 April 2014

The Discovery Health Journalism Awards’ Independent Judging panel has announced the list of finalists for the 2013 Discovery Health Journalism Awards. The judging panel received over 170 entries from a cross-section of media.

“We were please with the overall quality and we encourage health journalists to continue to uphold the highest standards of journalism in strengthening our country’s health system and making health information accessible to many South Africans in everyday language,” says Prof Tawana Kupe, Convener of the judging panel. 

Discovery Health CEO, Dr Jonathan Broomberg says the awards aim to raise the standard and quantity of health reporting in South Africa by promoting and recognising excellent work that journalists produce.

Finalists in each category

Best Health Economics Journalism

1.  Mia Malan, Ina Skosana and Amy Green, Mail & Guardian, Dummy guide to Medical tariffs

2.  Andile Makholwa, Financial Mail, Bitter Pill? Motsoaledi’s mission to curb private health costs

Best Analysis and Commentary Writing

1.  Pieter-Louis Myburg, Rapport, Nuwe gesig, nuwe hoop

2.  Chris Bateman, SA Medical Journey, A Cuban trainee's journey and Doctors shortages: Unpacking the 'Cuban' solution

Best Health News Reporting

1.  Tamar Khan, Business Day, Plans for public hospitals raising eyebrows

2.  Pieter-Louis Myburg - Rapport, Nuwe Gesig, Nuwe Hoop

Best Investigative News Reporting

1.  Ina Skosana, Mail & Guardian, Mothers haunted by hospital hell

2.  Zinhle Mapumulo, Jeanne van der Mervwe, Thanuxolo Jika, City Press, The damaged generation

Best Health Lifestyle Feature

1.  Lydia van der Merwe, Sarie, Fokus on ADHD

2.  Riette Grobler, Die Burger, Brein soos ‘n resiesmotor

Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing

1.  Lydia van der Merwe, Sarie, Depressie

2.  Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, If they are raped then so what

Best Foreign Media

Judging entries in this category proved to be difficult, and we felt there was only one entry worthy of being recognised for this category.  

Best Radio Health Journalism

1.  Siphosethu Stuurman, SABC Radio, Young and living with HIV

2.  Sisi Segalo, SABC Radio Maternal

Best Television Health Journalism

1.  Julie Laurenz and Terence Pillay, Carte Blanche, Addington Hospital saga

2.  Paula Chowles, eNCA, The cost of patent laws

Young up and coming Journalist of the Year

1.  Ina Skosana, Mail & Guardian, Mothers haunted by hospital hell  

2.  Siphosethu Stuurman, SABC, Various

Discovery Foundation Nation Builder Award

1.  Katharine Child, The Times, Orange Farm gives world hope

2.  Ina Skosana, Mail & Guardian, SA’s midwives chart new course

This year a new category, ‘Discovery Foundation Nation Builder, was added to the Awards.  Each category winner will receive R25 000 and the overall winner, the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year, will walk away with a grand total prize of R75 000.

The fifth Discovery Health Journalism Awards, in which our country’s health journalists are honoured and recognised for their work in making quality healthcare information accessible to South African citizens, and holding the healthcare industry accountable, will take place on 28 May 2014.

For more information about the Discovery Health Journalism Awards, please contact:

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Discovery Health Journalism Awards

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