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Ed Yong wins NUJ Stephen White science award

Ed Yong (centre) receives his award from Liz White and Chris Morley

Ed Yong (centre) receives his award from Liz White and Chris Morley  -  © Private

28 June 2012

Science journalist and blogger Ed Yong has won the NUJ Stephen White award at an Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) ceremony.

Ed Yong writes the blog Not Exactly Rocket Science and his work has appeared in New Scientist, Nature, the Guardian, the Times, Wired UK, Discover, the BBC and more. His programme How do our bacteria help us?, exploring the physical and philosophical implications of being host to billions of microbes for BBC Radio 4, was cited.

The £500 award for "Best communication of science in a non-science context" recognises journalists who have reported science on any platform in a way that makes complicated scientific ideas accessible to the non-specialist public audience.

The prize was funded and presented to Ed by Liz White, in honour of her late husband and NUJ member Stephen White.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Organiser, said:

"This was a fitting tribute to Stephen who was passionate about bringing the wonder of science to the widest audience and breaking through any perceived elitism. This prize stands as a reminder of Stephen's great contribution to journalism."

Listen to Ed Yong's programme.

Around 160 entries were submitted to the ABSW awards for Britain and Ireland, which were sponsored by Janssen Research and Development, a division of Belgian pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceutica NV.

Steve Connor, the Independent's science editor, won the best investigation award.

Details of all other winners.

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