Double win boosts science

New Scientist journalist Alison George scooped two prizes at the Periodical Training Council’s New Journalists of the Year Awards, including the overall accolade of New Journalist of the Year.

George, who joined the magazine in 2003, was named New Journalist of the Year in Consumer Specialist Magazines and judges described her as “an outstanding journalist”.

Her pieces ranged from environmental implications of the Americans building a road into the Antarctic, to the invention of a genetic match-making service which is helping to eliminate a terminal disease spreading in Eastern Europe.

George said: “There are many science journalism awards out there, but I think winning this one is particularly gratifying as I was up against all sorts of different subjects. Science isn’t the most straightforward to talk about and it’s really good to see it chosen.”

Other winners were: new business news journalist of the year: Anna Fazackerley, The Times Higher Education Supplement ; new business features journalist of the year: Natalie Stevenson, Property Week; new journalist of the year in weekly general consumer magazines: Isabel Mohan, Heat ; new journalist of the year monthly general consumer magazines: Lyndsey Gilmour, Bliss; new online journalist of the year: Mark Peplow, www.nature.com/news; new magazine designer of the year: Lydia Brun, CosmoGIRL! ; most promising student journalist of the year: Richard Fisher, City University.

By Sarah Lagan

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