COSMOS picks up its 39th award

COSMOS has taken out its 39th award since launching in 2005, making it by far the most decorated science magazine in Australian publishing history.

Australia’s #1 science magazine was recognised with four commendations at the annual Publishers Australia Excellence Awards in Sydney: Analytical Writer of the Year and New Journalist of the Year, plus a Highly Commended certificate for Editor of the Year and for Most Successful Subscriptions Campaign.

The awards, staged annually by the magazine industry body Publishers Australia, were chaired by ABC Radio’s Adam Spencer and held before an audience of 430 on Friday 12 November at Cockle Bay Wharf in Sydney.

Analytical Writer of the Year was won by Elizabeth Finkel, the Melbourne science writer and co-founder of COSMOS who is also a contributing editor. Her feature on junk genes, “The Trouble with Genes” in Issue 31 – coupled with her online articles “Crisis in Australia’s Seed Banks” (30 Sept 2010) and “Proto-Animal Packs Complex Gene Toolkit” (17 Aug 2010) clinched her the award for the second time.

The New Journalist of the Year trophy was won by Fiona Macdonald, the assistant editor of COSMOS who only joined the team earlier this year. She won for her feature “A Numbers Game” on the troubling fall in vaccination rates (Issue 34), as well as a passionate online opinion piece defending the science of climate change and her research, writing and management of the COSMOS “Better Bodies” schools poster.

Another new recruit, publishing assistant Tara Francis, won a Highly Commended certificate for Most Successful Subscriptions Campaign for her organisation and execution of a successful inittiative that grew the number of COSMOS subscribers and boosted their average length of subscription.

Wilson da Silva, one of the founders of COSMOS, also won a Highly Commended certificate for Editor of the Year. He is a previous winner of the trophy in both 2005 and 2006.

Publishers Australia was founded in 1964 and represents the country’s magazine publishers. It has 120 publisher members who produce 500 magazines.

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