Winners Announced in the 2015 Science Journalism Awards
Winners Announced in the 2015 Science Journalism Awards – hat-trick for Ian Sample of The Guardian in news
The winners of the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2015, supported by Janssen Research and Development were announced at an Awards Ceremony held in London tonight (Thursday 25 June 2015). Ian Sample of the Guardian scored a hat-trick by winning in the news category for the third year in a row.
Ewen Callaway, Tales of the Hobbit, published in Nature, 22-10-2014
Best news item
Ian Sample, Revealed: 100 safety breaches at UK labs handling potentially deadly diseases, published inThe Guardian, 04-12-2014.
Best scripted/edited television programme or online video
Team Entry: Executive Producer: Jonathan Renouf. Producer Director: Nathan Williams. Presenter: Michael Mosley. Researcher: Shamini Bundell. Infested! Living with parasites, A BBC Science Production, London for BBC Four. First broadcast 19-02-2014
Highly commended as a short film: Team entry:Director/Editor:Charlotte Stoddart. Reporter/Narrator:Lizzie Gibney. Laniakea: Our home supercluster, Nature.com andthe Nature Video Channel on YouTube. First broadcast 03-09-2014
The Royal Society Radio Prize (A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast, supported by The Royal Society):
Team entry:Performer, Writer/researcher: Helen Keen. Writer/researcher:Miriam Underhill. Performer:Peter Serafinowicz. Producer:Gareth Edwards, It is Rocket Science (Life on Mars, Series 3 Episode 1), BBC Radio 4. First broadcast 02-04-2014
Best investigative journalism
Alexander Masters, A Plutocratic Proposal, published in Mosaic, the e-magazine for the Wellcome Trust, 27-10-2014
The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context. This Award is made in memory of Stephen White a highly influential science communicator who died in 2010. The Award is possible due to a donation from Stephen’s widow Elizabeth.
Team entry: Devised byJames Gallagher and Rachael Buchanan with additional reporting across BBC News, BBC Day of the Body Clock, published and broadcast on all BBC News platforms, 13-05-2014
Maria Delaney, Freelance
Best student science blog
Matthew Warren, University of Oxford. Won’t somebody please think of the children? Technology and the adolescent brain, Neurobabble, 02-06-2014
Science blog award supported by Good Thinking
Kat Day, The Chronicle Flask,the Chronicle Flask
The IOP student science publication award supported by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics
Winner: Broadsheet, Imperial College – Editor-in-Chief: Ben Stockton, Sub Editors: Sophie Reid and Fiona Mashford
Runner Up: I, Science, Imperial College – Co-Editors in Chief: Jennifer Toes and Iona Twaddell and Magazine Editor: Kruti Shrotri
The winners of the first European Science Writer of the Year Award were announced earlier in June and both Tanja Rudez of Croatia and Jop de Vrieze of the Netherlands travelled to London to receive their Awards.
European Science Writer of the Year 2015
Winner: Tanja Rudez, science reporter at Jutarnji List daily, Croatia – nominated by the Croatian Association of Science Journalists
Second: Jop De Vrieze, freelance journalist, The Netherlands – nominated by VWN (Dutch Association of Science Journalists)
Third: Ewen Callaway, senior reporter, Nature, UK – nominated by the Association of British Science Writers
The ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2015 attracted over 200 entries. An independent panel of science journalists and science communicators judged the entries on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.
Award winners received a certificate and a small cash prize and enter the ABSW hall of fame that includes previous Award winners Sir David Attenborough, Sir John Maddox (Nature), and Judith Hann (BBC Tomorrow’s World).
Full details of the winners, those shortlisted, the rules and regulations for the awards, copies of articles where available, and a full list of judges can be found at http://www.absw.org.uk/jobs-awards/awards
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Copies of the shortlisted articles/broadcasts are available on request and/or linked from the ABSW website where possible
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