Our Research Digest shortlisted for award
The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest blog’s founding editor Dr Christian Jarrett, and its staff writers (past and present) Dr Alex Fradera and Emma Young, are finalists for the Dr Katharine Giles science blog award in this year’s Association of British Science Writers’ Awards (ABSW) for Britain and Ireland.
The Digest first began as an email newsletter in 2003, with the blog launched in 2005. It provides accessible summaries of recently published journal and preprint articles every weekday, alongside feature posts. It reaches millions of readers every year, is widely cited in the media, and receives frequent positive feedback from the psychologists whose work is covered.
Recent years have seen an expansion, including the introduction of guests posts by science writers and psychologists, the launch of the PsychCrunch podcast (sponsored by Routledge Psychology), a move to the WordPress platform, a new and free app, and with Dr Fradera and later Ms. Young joining as staff writers.
The blog has been a finalist and winner in other schemes, but this is the first time it has been recognised by the UK and Ireland’s top science writing awards.
Dr Jarrett said: ‘It’s wonderful to see the Research Digest team getting this recognition from our peers in the world of science writing and journalism. I’m proud of the team and also grateful to our many excellent guest writers over the years. Fingers crossed for the night – 28 May at the Science Museum in London!’
Dr Matthew Warren, who replaced Dr Fradera as staff writer earlier this year, has been shortlisted individually, in the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category, for work first published in Nature and Science.
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