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Pulse editor wins top medical journalism award

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.


David Turner 23 September, 2020 6:18 pm

Congratulations to you all

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David Wearden 23 September, 2020 6:29 pm

Well done Jamie

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John Graham Munro 23 September, 2020 7:29 pm


Vinci Ho 24 September, 2020 7:54 am

Congratulation to you , mate ( though we have never met)
As a person posting comments on this platform for the last decade( or a bit more) , I am honoured to witness the undeniable successes of the last three Pulse editors ( Steve, Nigel and yourself ) and you guys are also one of the reasons why I carry on writing (and maturing) on this arguably vital platform voicing our opinions of general practitioners. You guys are part of the fourth estate with the duty to provide checks and balances to our democratic system through investigative journalism (NOT yellow journalism).But also Pulse is one potential guardian of NHS general practice.
I know many (including myself ) were moaning about the comments being moderated from time to time and the changes introduced to the format on this platform( particularly recently) . But the fact that you guys have to read through all these comments every day with limited resources to make judgement calls ,is admirable in my opinion .
To me freedom of speech is no longer a freedom if we showed zero or negative respect to our opponents in a political debate and I am learning every day on this .
Once again , thank you for all the hard work , my honourable friends in Pulse .
Vinci Ho September 2020

Azeem Majeed 24 September, 2020 9:47 am

Many congratulations Jaimie.

Michael Mullineux 24 September, 2020 8:11 pm

Many congratulations to you and your team. My go to resource to keep abreast of GP issues

T F 25 September, 2020 8:35 am

Congratulations to the Pulse Team. Top journalism. Can we have the old look Pulse as it is more user friendly?