Shortlist for ABSW science prizes at Student Publication Association’s 2019 awards
The ABSW is supporting an award for best science/technology section or publication, and for best science/technology story at the annual student journalism awards.
Best science section/publication:
Best science/tech story:
David Friday, Glasgow Guardian, for What's really wrong with MyGlasgow;
Emma Leach, Inquire Media, for The increase of animal testing on campus;
Sabrina Edwards, The Badger, for Where did youth come from? Where will youth go?;
Jemima Childs, East London Lines, for Lewisham babies try out ‘Infant Lab’;
Patrick Hughes, Glasgow Guardian, for Glasgow man found on the moon’;
Sasha Santhakamur, The Boar, for Do medical schools have a diversity problem?;
Charlie Hetherington, Palatinate, for Chasing the sun: Durham down under;
Rosie Dutt, Felix, for Charles Dickens – was he the original science
communicator?;Scarlett Parr-Redi, Exepose, for Discussing the doctors of the future.
There was an impressive breadth of articles on a variety of topical issues across all entries. The standard of writing was great, with most pieces written with flair and intrigue.
Many writers and editors are clearly aware of the importance of news-worthiness and timeliness, as many pieces were topical and relevant. The general standard of entries was good - meaning that most publications and writers did a good job of writing up interesting, often short, pieces about science and tech.
The shortlisted stories are the ones that took that one step further: they asked difficult questions, and instead of just answering them hypothetically based on the writer’s opinions, they went out and talked to relevant, expert sources to try and reach a conclusion based on that reporting. That extra journalistic work made them stand out - even when it only involved a single phone-call/interview to make them work.
This initiative is part of ABSW’s long term commitment to recognising and nurturing new talent and a new generation of science journalists. It is the third year in a row that ABSW has partnered up with Student Publications Association (SPA) to support such prizes, and it is in addition to ABSW’s own awards, which include best student and best newcomer categories.
SPA is the UK and Ireland's largest student media association. It supports student journalism, media, and production