Annual awards

The annual MJA Awards  recognise and reward outstanding examples of health and medical journalism. Each year we review awards categories to ensure they reflect both the diversity of our membership and the media in which we work.

These include awards for news and features in media for both a general and a specialist audience, as well as broadcast and digital prizes. Every year we also highlight subject which is particularly challenging to cover, or, we believe, warrants greater recognition

Occasionally we recognise an exceptional contribution to communicating health and medicine with a lifetime achievement award. 

Details of the 2020 MJA Awards and entry procedure.

In 2018 the MJA introduced a new award for healthcare communications agencies and in-house teams which recognises excellence in producing media materials journalists want. This award is supported  the Healthcare Communications Association.

Details of the MJA Award for Excellence in PR and the entry procedure

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Thank you to our confirmed 2020 sponsors.


Lifetime Achievement Award:

Roll of honour

Oliver GillieDr Oliver Gillie for his lifelong commitment to the advancement of communication in science and medicine and in particular in the area of Vitamin D.

Claire Rayner (OBE), the nurse, journalist, broadcaster, agony aunt and health campaigner whose last words were: “Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I’ll come back and bloody haunt him.”

jonathan millerProfessor Jonathan Miller, the doctor, celebrated writer, broadcaster, and theatre and opera director.

Ronnie Bedford (OBE) a founder member of the MJA and legendary science reporter for the Daily Mirror who once famously asked NASA officials ‘Will the astronauts be carrying cyanide kits to the moon?’

Dr Michael O’Donnell, a physician, journalist, author, broadcaster and GMC ‘rebel’ and reformer, who presented television programmes including Is Your Brain Really Necessary and edited the ground-breaking magazine World Medicine.

Dr David Delvin, an award-winning physician, journalist, author and broadcaster who has written 27 books and appeared on more than 800 radio and TV programmes.

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