News Flash: Deadline extended until midnight on Tuesday April 30, 2019

Welcome to the entry guidelines and online entry form for the new MJA Media Campaign of the Year award, supported by the Healthcare Communications Association (HCA).

Please read the following guidelines after which you will find the online entry form.

Projects executed between January 1, 2018 and  December 31, 2018 are eligible for the award. (Projects may also be ongoing after this date.)

MJA Media Campaign of the Year

This award recognises excellence in developing a media campaign that engages with journalists to support the communication aims.

(Please note: media campaigns would not be suitable for entry if they do not include engagement with journalists.)


Judges will be looking for evidence the communications team has understood what journalists want from media materials / campaign and have identified messages which have genuine news value and interest, and communicated them in a clear and engaging manner.

Only one file (PDF format, less than 8MB) of campaign materials can be uploaded to the entry form, but entries may mention other supporting information such as reports and surveys.   If this file size proves insufficient or problematic, then please contact to discuss and arrange alternatives.

Aims and objectives of the media campaign

The form will allow you, in no more than 500 words, to explain the key objectives of the campaign. Areas you may wish to cover include:

What process was used to decide the angle or angles which were likely to be of most interest to journalists?
Were there any restraints on what could be said or done in terms of the brief, ABPI Code compliance, MHRA permitted claims etc
Were there any challenges in terms of timing or logistics?

Evidence of success

The form will allow you in, no more than 700 words, to explain how the media campaign achieved these objectives. Judges may consider how much media coverage was achieved, but entries will be judged primarily on content and execution. Questions you may wish to consider include:

Were campaign materials sent to a named journalist or news-desks?
Did the press release target particular journalists or publications?
Where any additional materials or supporting evidence commissioned?
What was ‘new’ or ‘newsworthy’ about the campaign?
Were interviews with experts, patients or any other spokespeople arranged at short notice? Were after-hours numbers provided?
If case studies were offered, were a number of case studies available for interview, or was the same person offered to all media outlets?
Did the campaign overcome any particular challenge such as a taboo subject, niche target audience, media fatigue?
Was there anything about this press release or campaign which illustrated a particularly strong relationship and/or understanding of the media?
Did the campaign include quotes and commentary from experts or stakeholders — if so, what was the rationale for choosing this/these people?
Did the campaign include quotes from a patient or consumer — if so, what was the rationale for choosing this person?


The cost of entry is £350 (£300 entry fee & £50 late entry fee).  Once you submit your entry form you will be directed to a confirmation page with details of how to pay your entry fee (Paypal/Credit or Debit Card/BACS).


You will receive an email confirmation of your entry containing all the details you entered into the form.

Closing Date

The Award closes to entry at midnight on Tuesday April 30, 2019

Awards Ceremony

The winner will be announced at the MJA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday June 12, 2019.  Those shortlisted for this Award will be able to purchase tickets to attend the Ceremony.  All entrants will be contacted regarding the shortlist at the end of May 2019.


Please contact:  Sallie Robins on 07733 330344 or at

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your entry

This award is now closed to entry.