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nib provides journalists with new opportunity to explore health issues

nib provides journalists with new opportunity to explore health issues

As part of a new partnership with the national Canon Media Awards, New Zealand health insurer nib has jumped on board to fund two new health journalism scholarships.

The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, will be offered to one emerging journalist with up to two years’ experience and one senior journalist, and will be judged on three pieces of work published in 2015 (print or online).

nib nz Chief Executive Officer, Rob Hennin, said nib is excited to be supporting the Canon Media Awards and providing new research and writing opportunities for journalists to explore health issues in New Zealand.

“As a health insurer, we have a responsibility to ensure we’re helping to uncover and tackle the challenges facing our national health care system. These scholarships will provide local journalists with the opportunity to explore these topics further,” Mr. Hennin said.

The recipients of the nib health journalism scholarships will be announced at the annual Canon awards presentation on Friday, 20 May 2016.

The recipients of the nib health journalism scholarships will be announced at the annual Canon awards presentation on Friday, 20 May 2016, at Te Papa national museum in Wellington.

Applicants will be required to submit a proposal outlining a research topic, or series of topics. Some proposals may involve using the grant for travel, but others may wish to use the funding in other ways. Entries must be received by March 16, 2016. More information, including entry instructions, can be found at www.canonmediaawards.co.nz.

The Canon awards are managed and promoted by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association and are awarded each year to outstanding journalism published in newspapers, magazines and online. Last year, more than 1600 entries were received for 64 award categories.

NPA editorial director Rick Neville said nib’s support was particularly welcome as health issues were an area of major and increasing interest to readers.

“For journalists to have new opportunities to research health matters and write about them, is a real plus, especially for readers.”

For more information, contact Rick Neville on Rick.Neville@npa.co.nz or 021 279 6447.

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