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Evidence that media reporting of mental health issues is improving

MIND Press Release - 17 May 2001

17/05/2001

Immediate release - 17th May 2001

EVIDENCE THAT MEDIA REPORTING OF
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IS IMPROVING,
AS MIND PRESENTS PRESS AWARDS

MIND JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AND
BIGOT OF THE YEAR SHORLIST

The best and worst reporting of mental health issues will be recognised at the Mind Awards ceremony to be hosted by Melvyn Bragg, on Friday 18th May at the Barbican Centre, London.

More articles than ever before have been short-listed for the Journalist of the Year Award, and very few articles appear on the Bigot of the Year Award shortlist. This points, says Mind, to a gradual improvement in media reporting of mental health issues.

The shortlist includes staff reporters on national broadsheet and tabloid papers, and local papers, consumer magazines, and freelancers. The three articles on the Bigot shortlist all appeared in national tabloid papers.

The media awards are being judged by three previous winners of the Mind Journalist of the Year Award: David Brindle, Editor of Guardian Society; Ewan McGrory of the Edinburgh Evening News; Sam Hart of The Big Issue.

The Mind Journalist of the Year and the Bigot of the Year Awards will be presented along with the Mind Book of the Year Award.

Journalist of the Year shortlist:

Adam James (Freelance) Guardian (Society) and Times Educational Supplement
Wendy Moore (Freelance) Observer (Life) and Guardian (Society)
Deborah Orr Independent
Sarah Boseley Guardian
Lucy Johnston Daily Express
Anthony Browne Observer
Fergus Hewison The South London Press
Esther Armah Pride (magazine)
Matt Seaton (Freelance) Evening Standard
Emma Hibbs Caterham Advertiser
Bigot of the Year shortlist:
Neil Syson The Sun "Fire maniac lives it up at Rampton"
David Mellor The People "Insane laws that will free Beatle maniac"
Martyn Sharpe The Sun "Rampton holds gay disco for psychos"


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