Chronicle article about STI clinic wins accolade

Newcastle Evening Chronicle’s Beth Neil has won the Rosemary Goodchild Award for her article “Don’t let infection leave you with a red face”.

Recognising excellence in journalism on the subject of sexual health, the award was established by the Family Planning Association’s press officer Rosemary Goodchild, who died of ovarian cancer in 1988.

Neil’s article tackled the myths and stigmas surrounding sexually transmitted infection clinics and described a day in the life of an STI clinic.

She said: “I really enjoyed writing the piece and tried to add a bit of fun to it. It is great to win an award that is so well known and it is good to be recognised.”

Neil was also shortlisted in the North East Press Awards for Young Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year.

Neil picked up her £500 prize at the FPA’s annual evening reception held at the House of Lords.

FPA chief executive Anne Weyman commented: “We felt that Beth’s article was very well written, informative, struck an appropriate tone with the audience and was ground-breaking in its approach.

“We will continue to work with journalists to promote the publication of accurate, well-researched writing in this subject.”

The runners up were: “Warts and all”: Simon Garfield, The Observer Magazine. “Treating impotence can be good for your health”: Judy Hobson, Choice magazine.

“Putting fun back into sex”: Catherine Burt, The News, Portsmouth. “Let’s talk about sex”: Karen Evennett, Real magazine.

“The A-Z of sex”: Diane Leeming, CosmoGIRL!.

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