Cancer Journalism Award – Past winners

2018 Cancer World Journalism Award winners

Overall winner

Swagata Yadavar from India won the Policy, Services and Affordability category for her investigation into India’s growing cancer crisis, centred around experiences at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. It was published in IndiaSpend, the country’s first not-for-profit data journalism initiative.

Patient and Carer Experience category winner

The winner in the Patient and Carer Experience category was Laure Andrillon from France, for her piece in Slate magazine about women who choose to “stay flat” after mastectomy and choose to heal in their own way.

Research, science and treatment category

Max Rauner from Germany won the research, science and treatment category for his article “Do you need a doctor? See your digital sibling first”, published in the Zeit Wissen magazine. The piece examined the potential value of computer simulations to guide treatment decisions.

Prevention category winner

The winner in the prevention category was Faiza Ilyas, for her story in the Pakistan newspaper Dawn: “Oral cancer epidemic in the making due to gutka, paan consumption”.

Special commendation

The judges decided that one entry, though not a winner, deserved a special commendation. It was an article entitled “Mirror of hope, lie of cancer” by Hajar Harb, a journalist in Palestine who wrote in the Gaza Post of the experiences of women facing breast cancer in the Gaza Strip, and her own journey to find treatment.

2016 Cancer World Journalism Award winners

Overall winner

Pia Heinemann from Germany won the Research, Science and Treatment category for her article published in Welt Am Sonntag about the need for gene testing to prevent many cancer patients from having unnecessary chemotherapy. The judges were impressed that she had written about a complex and important subject in such an accessible manner.
They decided she should be the overall winner.

Patient and Carer Experience category winner

The winner in the Patient and Carer Experience category was Pauline Kairu for her patient-centred investigation into the state of cancer care in Kenya for the Daily Nation newspaper.

Policy, Services and Affordability category

The winner in the Policy, Services and Affordability category was Suman Naishadham for her article “Cancer with no pain meds? The tragedy of India’s painkiller shortage”, published on the website The Influence.

Prevention category winner

The winner in the Prevention category was Duanduan Yuan, a health and environmental journalist for Southern Weekly in China. The judges commended her responsible investigation into the alleged link between baby powder use and ovarian cancer.

Special commendation

As well as recognising the four category winners, the judging panel gave a special commendation to a group of entrants who had used funding from JournalismFund.eu (www.journalismfund.eu) to carry out an impressive cross-border investigation into why cancer patients in Eastern European countries often cannot afford the newest therapies and the role of the EU in setting the drug prices. These highly commended journalists are: Eric Breitinger (Switzerland), Aleksandra Jolkina (Latvia), Stanimir Vaglenov (Bulgaria), Cristian Niculescu (Romania), David Leloup (Belgium) and Dimitra Triantafillou (Greece).

Best Cancer Reporter Award winners (2006 – 2015)

2015 Best Cancer Reporter Award

1st Prize: Matthew Hill, BBC, UK
2nd Prize: Patrice Goldberg, Matière Grise, Belgium

2014 Best Cancer Reporter Award

1st Prize: Steven Buist, Hamilton Spectator, Canada
Joint 2nd Prize:
Katrin Zoefel, Deutschlandfunk, Germany,
Jason Gale, Bloomberg Markets, Australia

In addition, American journalist Clifton Leaf received a Best Cancer Reporter Lifetime Achievement award for his outstanding contribution to cancer journalism.

2013 Best Cancer Reporter Award

Joint 1st Prize:
Tiffany O’Callaghan, New Scientist, United Kingdom
Joanne Silberner, Freelance journalist, US

Joint 2nd Prize:
Cristiane Hawranek & Marco Maurer, Freelance journalists, Germany
Ainhoa Iriberri, Revista Salud, Spain

In addition, the judges also recognised the work of Ugandan journalist Esther Nakkazi and Zimbabwe-based journalist Busani Bafana. These two journalists highlighted the struggle faced in addressing cancer in low-income countries and the role of the media in spotlighting specific problems.

2012 Best Cancer Reporter Award

1st Prize: Bernhard Albrecht, Der Spiegel, Germany
2nd Prize: Clive Cookson, Financial Times, United Kingdom

In addition, British journalist Cassandra Jardine (Daily Telegraph) and British journalist Steve Connor (Independent) received a Special Merit Award certificate that recognises the excellence of their work.

2011 Best Cancer Reporter Award

Joint 1st Prize:
Mark Henderson, The Times, United Kingdom
Victoria Lambert, Freelance journalist, United Kingdom
2nd Prize: Martina Keller, Freelance journalist, Germany

In addition, the work of Silja Paavle who writes for Öhtuleht, one of Estonia’s highest circulation daily newspapers, was highly commended by the judges

2010 Best Cancer Reporter Award

1st Prize: Nicola Kuhrt, Die Zeit, Germany
2nd Prize: Mark Henderson, The Times, United Kingdom
Romanian journalist Paula Herlo received a special BCRA Campaigner Award in recognition of her campaigning work of Romania’s Pro TV News.
In addition, Polish journalist Slawomir Zagorski who writes for Gazeta Wyborcza, received a Special Merit Award.

2009 Best Cancer Reporter Award

Joint 1st Prize:
Margaret McCartney, Financial Times, United Kingdom
Linda Geddes, New Scientist, United Kingdom
2nd Prize: Rabiya Tuma, The Economist, US

In addition, Italian journalist Daniela Ovadia and Portuguese journalist Nelson Marques received a Special Merit Award.

2008 Best Cancer Reporter Award

1st Prize: Simon Crompton, The Times, United Kingdom
2nd Prize: Ulrich Bahnsen, Die Zeit, Germany
3rd Prize: Päivi Repo, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

2007 Best Cancer Reporter Award

1st Prize: Pawel Walewski, Polityka, Poland
Joint 2nd Prize:
Maria Valerio Sainz, El Mundo, Spain
Linda Geddes, New Scientist, UK

In addition, Eric Baumann from the Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland and Iva Shohova from the Prague Post, Czech Republic received a Special Merit Award in recognition of their willingness to write about their personal cancer experience in order to raise awareness about some of the difficulties faced by cancer patients as they progress through their cancer journey.

2006 Best Cancer Reporter Award

1st Prize: Sarah Boseley, the Guardian, UK
2nd Prize:
Catherine Kalamis, Guernsey Press, UK
Simon Crompton, The Times, UK
3rd Prize: Paul Benkimoun, Le Monde, France

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