The finalists for the 2015 Discovery Health Journalism Awards have been announced, following the review by the independent judging panel, which included Convenor of the panel, Professor Tawana Kupe, Dr Bavesh Kan, Siki Mgabadeli, Nicola Christofides and Anna-Maria Lombard.
Finalists were selected from journalists who entered their health reports and stories done from 1 January to 31 December 2014.
Professor Kupe said, "The quality of the entries in most of the categories was very high and we can confirm that it has stimulated good journalism and high-quality information, analysis and investigations into the critical role of health in the creation of sustainable societies.
"We again applied the criteria of overall high quality reporting, originality and clarity in how the story is presented, how well the subject is understood and communicated, and clinical and scientific accuracy.
"We can now start seeing an emerging system of health journalists who are specialising in a range of health issues, from health systems and policies to the importance and benefits of self-awareness and a healthy lifestyle."
Categories and finalists
This year, the judging panel did not identify finalists in the categories 'Best health journalism, foreign media' and 'Best healthy lifestyle feature'. Other categories and finalists are:
Best television health journalism
Jacqui Jayamaha, eNCA, Front Door Abortions
Julie Laurenz, eTV, Viola's Hope Megan Lubke, Checkpoint eTV, Masego's Story
Best radio health journalism
Chanel September, Eye Witness News, The Many Faces of HIV/Aids
Giovanni Gerbi, Primedia Broadcasting, Medical Negligence Paul McNally, WITS Radio Academy, Lucky's Challenge
Best consumer reporting
Amy Green, Mail & Guardian, Transplants, Tragedies and True Kindness: The State of Organ Transplanting
Ernusta Van Wyngaard, Kuier Magazine, Die Seer Wat Bly Ina Skosana and Thandeka Mayo, Mail & Guardian, Double Stigma Leaves Gay Men with Little Hope
Best health news reporting
Kamcilla Pillay, Daily News, How Bakkies Ferry Patients Sipho Kings, Mail & Guardian, How Eskom's Coal Kills
Best health economics journalism
Andile Makholwa and Zeenat Moorad, Financial Mail, The Cost of Obesity
Lynley Donelly, Mail & Guardian, Ebola Batters West Africa's Economy Christy van der Merwe, RISKA, Healthcare Costs Under the Microscope
Best investigative reporting
Phillip de Wet, Mail & Guardian, Drug Patents
Sipho Kings, Mail & Guardian, Cancer Valley Pays Price Thanduxolo Jika and Mosibudi Ratlebjane, Checkpoint, Death by Water: Babies Die in the North West
Best analysis and commentary
Christy van der Merwe, RISKA, Filling the Gaps: Health Insurance Tug of War
Tamar Kahn and Andile Makholwa, Financial Mail, Crippled: Can SA's Public Health System Be Saved? Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, How Policy is Failing South Africa's Community Health Workers
Young upcoming health journalist of the year
Amy Green, Mail & Guardian, War Declared on the Superbugs
Chelsea Geach, Cape Argus, Shock to the System Fathima Simjee, Special Assignment: SABC 3, From the Brink of Death
Discovery Foundation Nation-builder Award
Carol Albertyn, MNET Carte Blanche, Leukemia Life Line
Ina Skosana, Mail & Guardian, Autism and its Uncommon Angels Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, The Rural Doctor Who Came Home to Live, Love and Heal
On 27 May 2015, finalists in each category will be hosted at a gala event. Category winners will receive a cash prize of R25,000 each. One of these journalists will walk away with a prize of R75,000, and the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year Award.