News and events

News

Academic John Illman receives Medical Journalists' Association 2016 Awards

27 July 2016

Medical Journalists' association

Visiting lecturer John Illman from the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design was awarded the Feature of the Year (specialist audience) prize at this year’s Medical Journalists' Association (MJA) Awards.

The competition was particularly tough this year, attracting a record number of entries, which were assessed by a distinguished panel of 44 judges from the media industry, clinical medicine, academia, and the voluntary sectors.

John received his award for a piece he had written on the concept of balance in journalism entitled “The danger in a second opinion” for the British Journalism Review. The judges described the piece as thought provoking on an issue that is vitally important for medicine and medical reporting, as well as superbly written.

“At a time when journalistic endeavour is facing sometimes severe pressures, the awards are a reminder of what is possible. And that’s important not only for us, but also for those who hold the purse strings: investing in good journalism is worth it,” commented MJA Chair Lawrence McGinty.

“We have a particular duty as journalists to get it right—to expose scandal, yes, but also to strive for balance and accuracy. I know that the people on the shortlist have succeeded in doing that,” he added.

John Illman is a former editor of GP. He spent five years as the Daily Mail medical correspondent, eight years as The Guardian’s health editor and three years as The Observer’s medical correspondent. He was previously Chair of the Medical Journalists’ Association for six years and currently lectures at the University of Cambridge and the University of Westminster.

In June the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design hosted the launch of a new book by John Illman entitled ‘Handling the media: communication and presentation skills for healthcare professionals’, available from John Illman Communications. His award-winning article was based on an extract from the book.

John Illman, formerly health editor on The Guardian, teaches on the University of Westminster’s Medical Journalism BA Honours degree, the only such course in the country.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


For the media


For the media

Here we hope you find everything you will need to research, write and publish your story or blog post.

Press office

Please contact our press agency for any media enquiries regarding University of Westminster on

T: +44 (0)20 3697 4200
E: universityofwestminster@fourbroadgate.com