Feature about Bostwana labs has discovered Omicron winning the Feature of the Year overall.
Al Jazeera Digital’s Slow Journalism unit has been awarded Feature of the Year (Joint) in the British Association of Science Writers (ABSW) awards.
Al Jazeera won in the outstanding category for general scientific reporting, beating out the co-finalist, The Economist, to take the prize.
Dubbed the ‘Oscars of science journalism’, ABSW presented the awards across 16 categories during a ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians, in London, on July 14.
There is writer Zoe Flood who wrote the winning story, Inside the Botswana lab discovered Omicron.
The report sheds light on the scientists’ personal stories and the lab’s unique position, after years of HIV research, to be able to quickly and efficiently decode the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. .
This feature examines how the hastily enforced Omicron travel ban imposed by several European countries on a group of African countries further hampered global efforts to contain the spread of the virus. COVID-19.
“Zoe’s article is an example of in-depth journalism – combining current affairs, historical context, and the stories of the people at the center of these events while also asking the burning questions. The human hammer that drives global inequality and the decisions made, said Carla Bower, Editor-in-Chief of Al Jazeera English Online.
The ABSW judges hailed the story as an “accessible feature that illuminates the anonymous scientists who identified Omicron at a time when countries are being stigmatized for discovering new COVID variants.”
Awards were presented in 16 categories, with competition from major UK publications, including The Economist, Financial Times, BBC and Guardian.
Winners for each category can be found on ABSW page.