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Finalists in 2017 Discovery Health Journalism Awards announced

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Finalists in 2017 Discovery Health Journalism Awards announced

Entries for the 2017 Discovery Health Journalism Awards closed on 14 March 2017. Following adjudication by the independent panel of judges, winners in the 2017 Discovery Health Journalism Awards will be announced at an event on 15 June 2017. Finalists have been chosen across nine categories and the journalists that demonstrated the best health reporting between 1 January and 31 December 2016 will each receive a cash prize. One of these winners will also walk away as the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year with a total cash prize of R75 000.

Commenting on entries this year, Professor Kupe, Convener of the judging panel, said, “We were impressed by the level of insight into subjects reported on and by the quality of information conveyed in most entries. These awards aim to stimulate in-depth analysis and quality in health reporting. From the results this year, we agreed as a panel that health reporting is improving all the time – and rightly so considering its critical role in educating people and keeping them informed.”

The independent judging panel included Professor Tawana Kupe, Professor Bavesh Kan, Siki Mgabadeli, Nicola Christofides and Anna-Maria Lombard. There were no awards made in two of the three new award categories, Best Photo Journalism and Outstanding Use of Social Media. Overall the panel commented that the entries demonstrated good journalism and the winning entries are examples of high quality and excellent journalism in a range of issues, from health systems, scientific discoveries and policies to the importance and benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Categories and finalists

Best Television Journalism Frank Ferro – Medical Aid Scam Liz Fish – Cochlear Implant

Michael Duffert – Doctors Working Long Hours

Best Health Economic Journalism Adiel Ismail – Coca-Cola bankrolls IRR research on sugary tax in SA Lynley Donelly – Tax on soft drinks could benefit obese SA

Tamar Kahn – SA's closet deals between doctors and drug makers

Best Analysis and Commentary Writing Elsabe Brits – Die wêreld is haar woning nie Laura Lopez Gonzalez –Stalking a virus among the shadows

Tamar Kahn – Flatlining. Why Motsoaledi’s health insurance plan seems set to fail

Best Health News Reporting James Mololekwa – An agonising choice: go deaf or die! Zinhle Maphumulo – In the face of Aids

Estelle Ellis – Toxic River Spill

Best Investigative Reporting Kyla Hermannsen – Dignity Denied (follow-up) Reneilwe Dhludhlu – Uitgelewer, uitgehonger en vergete

Susan Kristin Comrie – Without ID, without family

Young Upcoming Health Journalist Peace Hyde – The Children Who became women too soon Pontsho Pilane – Body of work: Sanitary pads, when activism and journalism collide

Andrea Teagle – Crispr vs HIV: Pitting the weaponry of a bacterium against the cunning of a virus

Best Video Journalism Laura Skippers, Zahra Kharsany and Riyaaz Freeman – Lifting the light Demelza Bush – Pollsmoor Remand: "They treated us like animals"

Zukile Daniel – Watch the incredible moment a Cape Town baby hears for the first time

Best Radio Journalism Sisi Segalo –US OPERATION Saziso Dlamini – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Darren Taylor – Zizumpilo Clinic: An Oasis

Best General Health Feature Lydia Van Der Merwe – Feit of fiksie? Pa kry nageboortelike depressie Ina Skosana – Series on health challenges faced by refugees in South Africa

Andrea Teagle – Crispr vs HIV: Pitting the weaponry of a bacterium against the cunning of a virus


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