Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash has won Editor of the Year at the 2020 Medical Journalists’ Association Awards.
The accolade was awarded in response to Pulse’s coverage of artificial intelligence asking whether we were putting too much faith in tech, the workload survey showing GPs were working beyond safe levels and difficulties in referring young patients to mental health services.
Pulse reporters Costanza Pearce and Eleanor Philpotts were also both finalists in the Newcomer of the Year category for their reporting on workforce shortages and digital consultations respectively.
When announcing the winner of the Editor of the Year in the virtual ceremony, the judges said: ‘This was quality journalism from a small staff with limited resources.’
They also praised the professional and clearly presented investigations into both CAMHS referrals and doctors’ workload.
In the Newcomer category the judges praised how Costanza ‘got to grips with a big controversial issue in her first week at Pulse, managing the data with assurance and authority to tell an important story’.
And they said ‘Ellie highlighted an important concern as we see more GP consultations shift to a digital setting. They said ‘she handles her interview material well’ and praised the fact ‘her first ever story was picked up in a national paper’.
Earlier this year Pulse won two awards at the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Talent Awards with The News and Investigations Team being named Best Section Editor/Team and our May 2019 story on practice closures winning Best Scoop.
It followed Jaimie being named Editor of the Year in the BSME’s Business and Finance category last Winter.
He also previously won the MJA’s Scoop of the Year award, reporting for Pulse in 2014.