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Students' achievements in medical journalism recognised at Hippocratic Post Awards

President of Médecins Sans Frontières UK, Dr Paul McMaster, was amongst the speakers

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Students from City, University of London have been presented with awards for their medical journalism.

The inaugural Hippocratic Post Student Medical Journalism Awards was held at the University on Tuesday 6th June 2017.

Organised by the world's first global blogging site on medical issues The Hippocratic Post, the event welcomed three high-profile speakers: President of Médecins Sans Frontières UK, Dr Paul McMaster; influential cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and world-respected cancer expert Professor Karol Sikora.

Best Humanitarian Story

The prize for Best Humanitarian Story was awarded to Alejandro Contreras (MA International Journalism).

The award was presented by Dr Paul McMaster who spoke about the challenges faced by MSF working on the ground in places where governments may not want oversight.

He said that Mr Contreras had written a detailed and well researched piece focusing on a collaborative study between medical researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Colombian scientists shows hard evidence for a link between Zika and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

He also commended the work of runner up, Carys Edwards (BA Journalism), whose article was entitled, ‘The Milk of Human Kindness - how breast milk banks can help thousands of infants fight infection’.

Best Drug and Medical Innovation Feature

Charlotte Davey (MA Magazine Journalism) was awarded the prize for Best Drug and Medical Innovation Feature for her article about the new male contraception, Vasalgel.

The award was judged by Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of the Medical School at the University of Buckingham, cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and Barbara Rowlands, Associate Professor of Journalism at City.

Carole Stone CBE Mental Health Award

Flora Carr (MA Investigative Journalism) was named the winner of the Carole Stone CBE Mental Health Award for her article, ‘Starving the Stigma’ which looked at why there should be more discussion about eating disorders in orthodox Jewish communities.

Carole Stone, one of the three founding directors of The Hippocratic Post, awarded the prize in her own name. Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a member of the judging panel, spoke about the entrants and concluded that Flora’s piece had brought into the spotlight an important issue –that had not been addressed before.

The evening was concluded with a speech by Hippocratic Post blogger and One Young World Ambassador Wangchuk Rapten who spoke about his own work as a Buddhist monk and health worker to relieve the suffering of earthquake victims in Nepal.

Editorial director of The Hippocratic Post, Thea Jourdan (Newspaper Journalism, 1984), said her team had been keen to involve students in the website since its launch in April 2016.

City is rightly known as the 'Oxbridge of journalism'.  We wanted to tap into the enthusiasm, creativity and general savviness of the next generation of journalists, so we work shopped some ideas with different groups and published blogs by students who took part.  We hope to make this an annual recognition of excellent work being produced by students at City, University of London.

Professors Suzanne Franks and Barbara Rowlands, from the Department of Journalism at City, were among the judges for the awards. Winners received £350 each.

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