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December 10, 2012updated 12 Dec 2012 6:47pm

British Journalism Awards 2012 showcase: Science Journalist of the Year finalists

By Camilla Turner

A showcase of the public interest journalism (in every sense) which saw these reporters commended by the British Journalism Awards judges as science category finalists.

Winner: Tom Feilden (BBC Today programme)

Tom Feilden scooped Science Journalist of the Year. This category was open to journalists who work anywhere across the broad spectrum of science and technology issues including the environment, health, technology and digital communication.

Feilden submitted his breaking news story Animal rights activists target transport sector which revealed that every UK airline and shipping company had withdrawn from transporting animals for research, following a campaign by animal rights activists. 

Feilden was also nominated for this article: Torrent of abuse' hindering ME research, about the harassment of clinicians and researchers working on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by activists.  

And the third piece in his entry was A golden age of discovery in neuro science about new developments which could pave the way for revelations about the workings of the mind and mental illness.

The judges described his work as “real stories coming out of the science world." 

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Judges said: "His expertise in the field means that people trust him and they talk to him. In an area were a lot of the coverage is about debates, Tom Feilden is a journalist who finds real stories.”


Fiona Harvey (Guardian News and Media)

Fiona's portfolio:

Child six billion hopes for peace as population races on to next milestone – On the day the UN marked the birth of the seven billionth person, she had travelled to Sarajevo to interview the boy chosen 13 years ago as the six billionth person.

Europe looks to open up Greenland for natural resources extraction –  in which she interviewed the EU's trade chief and exposed the EU's huge mining expansion plans in Greenland.

Wind energy companies fear government's commitment is cooling – a scoop about how offshore wind turbine manufacturers' uncertainty about investing in the UK was putting billions of pounds on investment on hold, because of concerns over the government’s commitment to wind energy.


James Murray (Business Green)

 DECC officials privately dismiss UK solar potential – an article about senior officials at the Department of Energy and Climate Change who dismissed solar energy panels as "a toy for rich boys".

"How to argue with climate sceptics

Osborne moves to kill green economy with gas 'manifesto' – where he wrote about Chancellor George Osborne's private letter where he said he was planning to establish the UK as a "gas hub". 

Suzanne Goldenberg (Guardian News and Media)

Everest's ice is retreating as climate change grips the Himalayas

Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against Obama's clean energy strategy

Deepwater Horizon aftermath: how much is a dolphin worth? – how two years on from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, BP and US Authorities continued to wrangle over how much should be paid in damages.

Warren Manger (Coventry Telegraph)

Manger was recognised for coverage which helped persuade the NHS to give a reader life-saving surgery:

Coventry gran's 'death sentence' as NHS refuses to fund urgent operation which could save her life

Coventry mum spent months in bed with her feet in the air to avoid a miscarriage


Pallab Ghosh (BBC)

Canadian government is 'muzzling its scientists'

"Oil sands extraction destroying traditional native way of life"

Winter vomiting virus: British oysters contain bug

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