Best Cancer Reporter Award
ESO established the Best Cancer Reporter Award in 2006 to promote intelligent and critical coverage of cancer and acknowledge the many examples of excellent reporting on the topic by journalists across Europe.
Good cancer journalism helps people understand the experience of cancer patients, and that their chances of surviving with quality of life improve dramatically if cancer services are effective, from early detection to treatment, rehabilitation and long-term support. The media can raise awareness about ways of bridging gaps and addressing inequities in cancer, as well as portraying people’s experience of the disease in a more realistic light. High-quality cancer journalism conveys important messages to the general public, such as cancer is not always a death sentence, early diagnosis saves lives, access to optimal treatment improves outcomes, and life does not stop because you have cancer.
The Best Cancer Reporter Award ran from 2006 to 2015, in 2016 ESO decided to launch a new journalism Award under the title Cancer World Journalism Award. Further information on this new Award can be found here.
Best Cancer Reporter Award winners (2006 - 2015)
A press release announcing the winners can be viewed here.
|1st Prize||Matthew Hill, BBC, UK|
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Goldberg, Matière Grise, Belgium|
Previous BCRA winners
The growing list of BCRA winners includes journalists from a wide variety of European countries.
|1st Prize||Steven Buist, Hamilton Spectator, Canada|
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|Joint 2nd Prize||Katrin Zoefel, Deutschlandfunk, Germany|
Jason Gale, Bloomberg Markets, Australia
addition, American journalist Clifton Leaf received a special Life Time
Award for his outstanding contribution to cancer journalism.
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|Joint 1st Prize||Tiffany O'Callaghan, New Scientist, United Kingdom |
Joanne Silberner, Freelance journalist, US
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|Joint 2nd Prize||Cristiane Hawranek, Freelance journalist, Germany|
Marco Maurer, Freelance journalist, Germany
Ainhoa Iriberri, Revista Salud, Spain
addition, the judges also recognised the work of Ugandan journalist
Esther Nakkazi and Zimbabwe-based journalist Busani Bafana. These two
journalists highlighted the struggle faced in addressing cancer in
low-income countries and the role of the media in spotlighting specific
||Bernhard Albrecht, Der Spiegel, Germany |
||Clive Cookson, Financial Times, United Kingdom |
In addition, British journalist Cassandra Jardine (Daily Telegraph) and British journalist Steve Connor (Independent) received a Special Merit Award certificate that recognises the excellence of their work.
|Joint 1st Prize
||Mark Henderson, The Times, United Kingdom |
Victoria Lambert, Freelance journalist, United Kingdom
||Martina Keller, Freelance journalist, Germany |
In addition, the work of Silja Paavle who writes for Öhtuleht, one of Estonia’s highest circulation daily newspapers, was highly commended by the judges.
||Nicola Kuhrt, Die Zeit, Germany |
||Mark Henderson, The Times, United Kingdom|
Romanian journalist Paula Herlo received a special BCRA Campaigner Award in recognition of her campaigning work of Romania's Pro TV News.
In addition, Polish journalist Slawomir Zagorski who writes for Gazeta Wyborcza, received a Special Merit Award.
|Joint 1st Prize
||Margaret McCartney, Financial Times, United Kingdom |
Linda Geddes, New Scientist, United Kingdom
||Rabiya Tuma, The Economist, US |
In addition, Italian journalist Daniela Ovadia and Portuguese journalist Nelson Marques received a Special Merit Award.
||Simon Crompton, The Times, United Kingdom|
||Ulrich Bahnsen, Die Zeit, Germany |
||Päivi Repo, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland|
||Pawel Walewski, Polityka, Poland|
|Joint 2nd Prize
||Maria Valerio Sainz, El Mundo, Spain |
Linda Geddes, New Scientist, UK
In addition, Eric Baumann from the Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland and Iva Shohova from the Prague Post, Czech Republic received a Special Merit Award in recognition of their willingness to write about their personal cancer experience in order to raise awareness about some of the difficulties faced by cancer patients as they progress through their cancer journey.
||Sarah Boseley, the Guardian, UK |
||Catherine Kalamis, Guernsey Press, UK |
Simon Crompton, The Times, UK
||Paul Benkimoun, Le Monde, France |