Finalists have been announced for two new health journalism scholarships being sponsored by health insurer nib New Zealand as part of the Canon Media Awards.
The scholarships are split into junior and senior categories. Winners of each will have $5000 to meet costs of conducting a research project on a health or health-related subject, to be published in some form of New Zealand media. The winners will be announced at the Canon Media Awards presentation in Wellington on Friday, May 20.
Junior scholarship finalists (and their research subjects):
Donna Lee Biddle, Waikato Times/stuff.co.nz – fatty food exports to the Pacific
Thomas Heaton, Manawatu Standard/stuff.co.nz – breast cancer intra-operative radio therapy
Jessica McAllen, freelancer – Maori suicide
Ashleigh Stewart, The Press, stuff.co.nz – New Zealand mental health
Russell Brown, blogger, Maori TV – psychoactive drug use
Fiona Cassie, Nursing Review – Phillippines nurses in New Zealand
Donna Chisholm, North & South, NZ Listener – Pharmac and unaffordable medicine
Scholarship applications were judged by a panel of senior editors and publishers comprising Kate Coughlan, former Fairfax Magazines editor, now publisher and editor of NZ Life & Leisure; Tim Murphy, former NZ Herald editor-in-chief, and Paul Thompson, former Fairfax group executive editor, now CEO of RNZ.
nib is the second largest health insurer in this country having entered the local market three years ago with the acquisition of Tower Medical Insurance Limited. The company provides health and medical insurance to more than 1.3 million people in New Zealand and Australia.
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