Science Journalism

Science Journalism

This award is for journalists who cover science and the environment. The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest. For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included. Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 and aimed at a UK audience. 

Stephen Grey, Andrew MacAskill, Ryan McNeill, Steve Stecklow, Tommy Wilkes


Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus – but they were slow to sound the alarm

In shielding its hospitals from COVID-19, Britain left many of the weakest exposed

Into the fog: How Britain lost track of the coronavirus

The judges said: “This was absolutely superb journalism. They dug deep into the background and were very early to this story. It was probably the most important series of reports into public health policy during the pandemic, with shattering conclusions for our faith in the government’s assertion they were following the science.”

Nada Farhoud

Daily Mirror

Kids play in Arctic seas as 22C heatwave grips North Pole at climate change frontline

Sick British tourists shoot monkeys for ‘fun’ on the safari of shame

Endangered shark being dished up to unsuspecting customers at UK fish and chip shops

Judges said: “Nada succeeded in getting a series of science stories front-page treatment in a national tabloid newspaper. These were well-written stories that brought science to a mass audience through first-hand investigation.”