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Kim Hill Wins Top Science Journalism Award

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Kim Hill Wins Top Science Journalism Award

National Radio’s Kim Hill has won this year’s top prize in the prestigious New Zealand Association of Scientists Journalism Awards, announced in Wellington last night.

Each year the Association awards three medals and six prizes for outstanding contributions to science and for science communication.

The Kim Hill interviews which drew the judges’ attention were with New Zealand’s latest Nobel Prize winner Alan McDiarmid, Kiwi Nobel Laureate Maurice Wilkins, and a discussion with Professor Brian Wynne covering ‘science and society’ with particular reference to stem cell research.

In making the award, the judges commented;

“ The person, the issues, and the science were drawn out through the interviews and the contributions displayed radio feature presentation at its best.”

Accepting the award last night in Wellington Ms Hill said she considered it an honour.

“It was also an honour, however, to interview world renowned scientists like Alan McDiarmid.

“Scientific issues are an important part of the mix of my programme. Moral and ethical issues thrown up by recent scientific developments need to be fully considered in the media so we can all understand the wider implications,” said Ms Hill.

The Science Journalism Prize of $1500 is sponsored by the Association of Crown Research Institutes. Two merit prizes are also awarded. This year they went to Lisa Glass of TVNZ and Anne Beston of the New Zealand Herald.

Kim Hill’s programme is broadcast every weekday morning from Nine until Noon on National Radio.

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