[ASC-list] 2010 Health Journalist of the Year goes to COSMOS editor

Wilson da Silva wfdasilva at gmail.com
Wed Dec 8 23:20:53 UTC 2010


Media release

*2010 Health Journalist of the Year to COSMOS editor*

Emma Young, a contributing editor of COSMOS Magazine, has won the
prestigious Health Journalist of the Year Award, for her feature article on
manipulating memories.

Emma attended the annual Excellence in Health Journalism Awards, hosted by
the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 8 December.
She was named as one of four category winners, for Best News Feature,
Article or Presentation, and as the overall winner for “the most outstanding
entry among the winners of the previous four categories”.

Emma, who has been covering health for 16 years, wins a study tour to the
United States with a focus on the health industry.

“I'm thrilled to win this prestigious award,” says Emma. “I still get
excited at finding out about discoveries that have such an impact on
people's lives. Our memories are such a fundamental part of ourselves that
it's impossible not to be fascinated by work aimed at tinkering with them -
and perhaps even deleting them.”

In the award-winning article, “Learning to forget”, published in October
2009, Young details investigations into how memories are stored, created and
retrieved to understand why one third of people who experience a traumatic
event, such as a physical attack or a nasty car accident, go on to develop
post-traumatic disorder.

In her in-depth article, Emma looks at new research into memory manipulation
that may be used to treat the disorder, which affects 6% of Australians.

The four category winners were:

• Best News Feature Article or Presentation, covering Health, Health
Sciences or Innovation: Emma Young, COSMOS Magazine for “Learning To Forget”

• Best Documentary or Documentary Series, covering Health, Health Science or
Innovation: Rebecca Le Tourneau and Rahni Sadler, Seven Network for “The
Vanishing”

• Best Feature Article or Presentation, covering health policy, economics,
business: Mary Gearin, 7.30 Report ABC TV for “e-health”

• Best News Feature Article or Presentation, directed to medical
professionals: Stephen Pinnock – Australian Doctor for "Jumping Through
Hoops"

This is the 42nd award COSMOS has picked up since it launched in 2005. In
November 2010, the British Institute of Physics awarded Cosmos Online as the
People's Choice award for Best Online Magazine, calling the website a “real
treasure trove of science news, opinion, reviews and more.”
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