Enter the MJA Awards 2017
The MJA Awards are now closed to entry please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for queries relating to the awards.
With thanks to those supporting the MJA Awards in 2017
Scroll down for the online entry form, but ensure you have read the guidance provided here first before completing the form.
The MJA Awards 2017 open to entry on Wednesday 22 February 09:30 and close to entry on Wednesday 22 March at midnight.
Award Categories 2017
Charity Writer or Broadcaster of the Year
Blogger of the Year
Newcomer of the Year (36 or fewer months in journalism at the closing date) — sponsored by Healthcare At Home
Regional reporter of the year
Mental Health Story of the Year
Feature of the Year (specialist audience)
Feature of the Year (broadcast) — sponsored by MSD
Feature of the Year (general audience) — sponsored by Novo Nordisk
News Story of the Year (specialist audience) — sponsored by Shire
News Story of the Year (broadcast) – sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
News Story of the Year (general audience) — sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
Case Study of the Year — sponsored by Lilly
Science Explained sponsored by Roche
Freelance of the Year
Editor of the Year — sponsored by Sanofi
Outstanding Contribution to Health or Medical Journalism – this award is not by self entry but chosen by the judges from entries across all categories
Each award attracts a cash prize of £750, a trophy, and an invitation to receive your award at the MJA Awards ceremony on Thursday 22 June in London. For the prestigious award of outstanding contribution to health or medical journalism the cash prize is £1000.
We value our sponsors support but in keeping with the MJA motto — Independent and bloody minded — sponsors are not involved in the judging process in any way.
Blogger – This could be posts from a personal blog or posts written for a blogging platform, perhaps one linked to a publication. The judges are looking for evidence of a blogger’s impact, reader engagement (including social media ‘likes’), online hits, and reader feedback. (Three examples of work may be submitted).
Case Study – These add human interest to complex medical stories making them more relevant to readers, listeners, and viewers or be used to explore or raise awareness of a condition or health problem. You may submit anonymous but not composite case studies (NB: composite means an article that does not distinguish between the individual, anonymous cases being referenced). (One piece of work may be submitted – any format).
Charity Writer or Broadcaster – This is awarded for the best written, visual or audio communications for a charity publication and/or website. Content should engage with the charity’s audience (members, donors). This could be a case study, an interview with a patient representative or charity official, or an explanation of the latest treatment or emerging science. (One piece of work may be submitted – any format).
Editor of the Year – The category is for editors not only of publications, but of health pages/sections, websites, or sections of larger websites. Please supply evidence of both your personal impact and your title’s, and the achievements of which you are proudest. (Three pieces of work may be submitted – any format).
Feature and News (general) – these are features or news story for a general, consumer audience. Mention if your story was exclusive or followed up elsewhere. (One piece of work may be submitted – written word only)
Feature and News (specialist) – these are features or news story for a specialist audience, usually appearing in a publication dedicated to health, medicine or science. Mention if your story was exclusive or followed up elsewhere. (One piece of work may be submitted – written word only)
Feature and News (broadcast) – these are features or news story for a general, consumer or specialist audience. Mention if your story was exclusive or followed up elsewhere. (One piece of work may be submitted – broadcast only)
Freelance of the Year – judges will be asked to consider the range of work submitted, ability to adapt to different genres and publications and to look for imaginative and engaging story-telling. (Three pieces of work may be submitted – any format)
Mental Health – News, features, or broadcast package may be entered about this area of medicine often neglected by the media. It could be tied to a campaign, about emerging science, a case study, or an interview with a leading figure in mental health. (One piece of work may be submitted – any format)
Newcomer –Entrants will have been working in health and medical journalism for under 36 months (not before 22 February 2014). Judges will look for evidence of impact and engagement, topicality and balance. (One piece of work may be submitted – any format).
Regional Reporter – Evidence of how a local issue or campaign was brought to life (online, in print and/or broadcast) would be useful for the judges, plus follow-ups in competitor titles or national coverage. (One piece of work may be submitted – any format).
Science Explained – Judges will look for complex or emerging science stories made clear for a lay or specialist audience. Matching explanation to audience is vital. (One piece of work may be submitted – any format).
Rules and Entry Guidance
Work submitted will need to have been first published or broadcast between 22 April 2016 and 22 February 2017
All work entered should be health- or medicine-related.
You can only enter once in each category.
You cannot enter the same work within different categories.
If your entry is for a team rather than for an individual, then please ensure you acknowledge the team within the entry form ‘supportive information’ section, outlining their role in the entry clearly. The entrant named on the form will be considered the lead entrant and will be named on the trophy and receive the prize fund which of course you may share with your team.
All entries need to be made digitally either by file submission/upload or URL (you do not need to provide both). The entry form will only allow upload of files in PDF/MP3 format and with a maximum size of 8MB. For those entering video, if you can not enter by URL, then contact email@example.com to organise file transfer of your video file. For those entering with files larger than 8MB that can not be entered by URL then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to organise large file transfer of your entry. If you are entering by URL this must be freely accessible throughout the judging period (end of June 2017) ie: not behind a paywall. Any file uploaded should be labelled/renamed with your initial, name and category eg: JBloggsBlogger
Entries are open to all but a one off entry fee of £25 will be payable by non-members. Why not join the MJA at the special rate of £40 to enjoy all the benefits of membership and enter for free? (Usual price £50). Also membership fees are tax deductible but your entry fee is not. When completing the entry form you will be asked to indicate if you are an existing member, wish to join or wish to pay the entry fee. If you wish to join you can either apply now or after submission of your entry. If you wish to pay the entry fee you will be requested to do this via paypal after submission of your entry. You do not need a paypal account and can pay by credit or debit card. Your entry will not be accepted until the fee is received. You only need pay the entry fee once regardless of how many entries you make.
The finalists in all categories (apart from Outstanding Achievement) will be announced at the start of June and you will be notified if you are a finalist. For Outstanding Achievement there is only a winner who will be announced along with all other winners at the Awards Ceremony.
The Awards will be announced and presented on Thursday, June 22, at the Barber-Surgeons Hall, London.
For all queries regarding the Awards contact email@example.com
Online Entry Form for MJA Awards 2017
You will need to use one entry form per entry – after submission there will be a link to take you back to the entry form for any further submissions
The MJA Awards 2017 are now closed to entry. Good luck with your entry and for any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org