The Harbinger Prize 2023: Health Policy Watch editor Kerry Cullinan to chair the Science jury

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Kerry Cullinan is a multi-award winning South African science journalist and media professional with more than 15 years’ experience in executive management.

She will chair the jury in the Science category of the Harbinger Prize 2023 competition, reviewing submitted essays and deciding — with Harbingers’ Magazine editors — which will be awarded the three winning places.

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Kerry Cullinan is a South African science journalist and media professional with more than 15 years’ experience in executive management.

She has managed large public health advocacy campaigns, fundraising and journalist training and is recognised as a published author and editor of three books. She has written for major newspapers and online outlets in South Africa including the Sunday Times and Daily Maverick.

The deputy editor of Geneva-based Health Policy Watch, which reports on leading global health policy challenges and trends, has established a reputation in the field, and is also passionate about wellbeing, social justice and people’s rights to live with dignity.

She graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in English Literature, a Masters of Art – MA, Culture, Communication and Media Studies, and a Master’s degree in Communication and Media Studies.

Based in Cape Town, she ran Africa’s first independent non-profit health news agency Health-e News, which was founded during the country’s unfolding HIV crisis. She was also health editor for OpenDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash Project.

Some of the campaigns Kerry has worked on include the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ international obesity prevention campaign, where she oversaw a substantial paid media campaign in favour of tax on sugary drinks.

Her books highlight HIV/AIDS research, AIDS denialism, and unity and interests of distinct racial or ethnic communities in a democratic South Africa.

Picture: Kerry Cullinan | Twitter

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The Harbinger Prize 2023: Essay on Science

Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words on one of the subjects. Science covers maths, physics, biology, medicine, space exploration – you name it. Please keep in mind that we’re looking for a story searching for truth, so intellectual shortcuts, a lack of data and unsubstantiated claims may place your essay at a disadvantage.

We will select three winning articles, with prizes worth £4,500 in education in journalism. Across all the submission categories, we will also select the best work of the year, which will crown the winner with The Harbinger Prize and £10,000 in individual tuition from The Oxford School for the Future of Journalism.

The competition is open to all students in the last three years of pre-university education, regardless of their country of residence.

Students have until noon on August 15, 2023, to submit their articles.

Visit Harbingers’ Magazine for subject lines and all category descriptions.

Visit The Harbinger Prize 2023 website for detailed Terms & Conditions.

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