nib health journalism scholarship winners announced

May 17, 2019

nib health journalism scholarship winners announced

RNZ journalist Catherine Hutton tonight won the nib senior health journalism scholarship at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards.

The scholarship, sponsored by nib New Zealand, allows a $6000 grant towards travel, research and interview expenses.

Hutton will investigate the frustrations and injustices currently suffered by hundreds of New Zealand families battling to care for their disabled loved ones.

The $4000 nib junior health journalism scholarship was won by Stuff journalist Hannah Martin. She plans to travel to Papua New Guinea to look at a health system under strain with diseases like polio on the rise, and to find out where millions of dollars of New Zealand aid money is spent.

Awards director Jane Phare said the nib scholarships enabled journalists to produce some outstanding stories and investigations on health-related issues.

"The scholarships give the winning journalists the time and money to write about subjects that might otherwise be overlooked."

Previous winners have investigated the efficacy of a sugar tax on health statistics, comparing American states with and without a sugar tax, and produced an interactive feature and animated video as part of a series on organ donation.

NZ Herald journalist Dylan Cleaver, a former nib senior scholarship winner, has this month run a series of articles on the effects of high-impact sport on brain􀀍 injuries and dementia after interviewing a series of experts in Boston.

Last year's senior scholarship winner Barbara Fountain, editor of New Zealand Doctor, investigated the secrecy behind DHBs, and how health governance is organised.

Staged by the Newspaper Publishers' Association with Voyager Internet as premier sponsor, the awards attracted nearly 2000 entries. More than 600 guests attended a gala dinner at Cordis, Auckland to recognise excellence in journalism across print, digital, television and radio.