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Research Professional News shortlisted for five ABSW awards

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Publication makes the cut for the Association of British Science Writers Awards 2022

Research Professional News has been shortlisted for five Association of British Science Writers Awards 2022.

UK reporters Robin Bisson and Sophie Inge made the cut for news item of the year for their joint story on the national funder UK Research and Innovation axing support for aid-funded research projects.

The judges commended the piece for being “a genuine scoop based on original reporting from contacts that started out in trade publications but was then picked up by the nationals and beyond, was cited in parliament, and led to resignations”.

Both Bisson and Inge have separately been shortlisted for research policy or funding story of the year. Bisson was also shortlisted in the newcomer of the year category.

Meanwhile, group editor of Research Professional News, Sarah Richardson, has been shortlisted in the editor or the year category with the awards’ judges commenting that she had “showed a unique and impressive integrity in investigative reporting”.

Richardson said: “I’m delighted the team has received this recognition from ABSW. Our journalists have broken many important stories for the research sector over the past year, and it’s great to see their dedication and expertise rewarded by a highly respected journalism organisation.”

The awards ceremony is set to take place at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 14 July.

The publication was also shortlisted recently for four British Society of Magazine Editors’ Talent Awards 2022, in the following categories: best section team, best B2B writer, best news writer and best deputy editor categories.

You can read a selection of shortlisted articles below:

News item of the year

UKRI to cut support for aid-funded research projects

Research policy or funding story of the year

MRC chief apologises to staff after bullying probe

Research funding: Forgotten promises

Newcomer of the year

Exclusive: ten more UK R&D funders have aid budgets slashed

Editor of the year

When trust is gone

Myanmar: ‘People are taken away at night, or now even in day’