JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
ENTRIES CLOSING ON 2 MARCH 2018
ABOUT THE AWARDS
Each year, Discovery Health bestows awards on a well-deserving health journalist in each of the categories. One of these well deserving journalists will walk away with the main prize, the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year Award.
This award recognises distinguished reporting on health and healthcare issues that sets the benchmark in the field of health reporting. The Discovery Health Journalist of the Year Award goes to work that shows a demonstration and understanding of the highest journalism principles in increasing public understanding on topics that have a bearing on the country’s healthcare system and on people’s lives.
The independent judging panel will evaluate and judge all submitted material according to the following criteria:
- Understanding of subject and environment
- Interpretation of events and clinical accuracy
- Balanced, fair reporting
- Impact on industry and consumers
- Newsworthiness and relevance
- Communication and use of medium
- Quality of information
- Raising awareness and education
Health Journalism in South Africa
Health and healthcare issues affect people around the world. Issues range from healthcare reform, developments, service and access to wellness. A national asset, the South African healthcare system is complex facing challenges similar to global healthcare systems, including rising costs, an increased disease burden, a lack of medical specialists, as well as issues of quality and fragmented care. This all affects consumers, communities, employers and healthcare funders, which makes correct and relevant health and healthcare information critical. In shaping understanding of the various issues, the media has great influence, acting as our social conscience, and holding society accountable for how we act. Relevant, well-researched, high-quality health reporting forms the backbone of our ability to understand and address the issues that affect us.
RECOGNISING EXCELLENT HEALTHCARE JOURNALISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
Health journalists help readers to access information easily, understand it and make well-informed decisions around their own, unique healthcare needs. The Discovery Health Journalism Awards was first launched in 2008 to recognise the work health journalists do in educating people and providing accurate healthcare information that is easy to understand. Now in in its ninth year, the Discovery Health Journalism Awards is evolving to not only provide journalists with an opportunity to showcase their best health reporting, but to also provide support in delivering high-quality accurate reporting across media. Two new categories have been added to keep up with trends in media and to promote accurate and sensitive reporting around mental health. The awards give all health journalists a platform to demonstrate how they provide the public with health information that helps them improve their healthcare knowledge. The Discovery Health Journalism Awards aims to encourage our health journalists to continuously aspire to increased knowledge and a high calibre of reporting.
The selection process for the winners
The judging panel will judge all the entries received for this year’s Discovery Health Journalism Awards according to each category’s specified criteria. Each entry will be examined for characteristics of high-quality reporting.
Awards will be made in each category, provided that the entries received are of a sufficiently high standard of reporting.
The judging panel’s decision is final, and no written or verbal requests for reconsideration will be accepted. Furthermore, the sponsors and the judging panel reserve the right to change the conditions, rules, categories and prize details at their discretion.
ENTRIES CLOSE 2 MARCH 2018
THE PRIZE WINNERS WILL TAKE HOME
The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of R25 000.
The overall winner, the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year, will walk away with a total prize of R75 000. The judging panel will select the winner from the winning entrants of each category.
Journalists winning in multiple categories as well as the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year will receive a total prize capped at R75 000.The judging panel reserves the right to recommend additional prizes based on merit.
Prizes are not transferable, negotiable or not redeemable for alternative items, and must be accepted as awarded.
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