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Pulse journalist nominated for investigative reporting award

Pulse senior reporter, Gareth Iacobucci, has been shortlisted for an investigative reporting award, the Medical Journalists Association announced yesterday.

The nomination was for an investigation revealing that fewer than a quarter of EU doctors from outside the UK registered as GPs have been tested for their language skills and clinical competence.

The report was based on data obtained from Freedom of Information requests and found just 23% of EU doctors on performers lists had undergone language tests, and just 17% had undergone tests of their clinical competency.

The report was subsequently covered in national media, including the BBC, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express.

Mr Iacobucci is one of two journalists shortlisted for the gong at the MJA Winter Awards ceremony on 25 January this year.

This comes after Pulse's deputy editor, Steve Nowottny, was recently nominated for the Periodical Training Council's New Talent Awards in the New Section Editor of the Year category, with the ceremony scheduled for 1 February.

The nominations come as the latest in a run of 22 major award nominations and three wins for Pulse since 2010 including the WorkWorld Journalist to Watch award for Gareth last year.

At the 2011 MJA Winter Awards, Pulse reporter, Lilian Anekwe, won the award for Best Professional Readership News while Pulse's Adam Legge won Health Editor of the Year at the summer awards.

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