Nutrition Journalism Award Winners

The Nutrition Journalism Award, presented by the Dietitians Association of Australia, acknowledges and celebrates quality nutrition reporting by Australian journalists. For the first time, in 2016 journalists were able to choose to submit to either the short-lead or long-lead category. We are delighted to announce our two 2016 winners:

Nutrition Journalism Award – short lead

Juliette Steen for her article ‘Forget everything, this is what a ‘Healthy Diet’ means’, which featured in The Huffington Post Australia.

Nutrition Journalism Award – long lead

Alice Ellis for her article ‘The raw truth about meat & cancer’, which featured in Women’s Health magazine.

The following people were also awarded Highly Commended (in no particular order):

What it means to win the Nutrition Journalism Award

“I’m so thrilled to have won the DAA’s 2016 Nutrition Journalism Award in the short lead category. Nutrition reporting is a topic I love writing about at HuffPost Australia, a publication with a strong focus on wellness in all facets of life.

For many people, diet and nutrition is something that is hard or seemingly impossible to work towards, or even start, and my aim with stories is to help break down that barrier. With more research emerging about the link between diet and mental and physical health, it’s incredibly important to push this message in a positive, encouraging and engaging way. 

Through investigating and talking to APDs, academics and medical professionals, our nutrition stories help inform our readers in an accessible way and sort myth from fact — as well as hopefully give readers helpful, simple tools to navigate an often-confusing online sphere of conflicting advice and health buzzwords. 

I look forward to continue working on stories like these together with Australia’s talented health professionals.” Juliette Steen.

“I’m so honoured to have received this award from an association as well respected as the Dietitians Association of Australia.

I really enjoyed researching for and writing the winning feature, ‘The raw truth about meat & cancer’. After the World Health Organisation’s review on the links between meat consumption and cancer was released and it made such waves in the short-lead media, I thought it was a really important issue to look further into so we could provide our readers with a well-rounded, balanced view at the issue. So it’s exciting that the DAA thought that it was a quality article that benefited the public.

I believe this award is a reflection of the fact that Women’s Health (WH) has a strong focus on providing Australians with accurate, evidence-based information and practical take-home advice in a style that is also entertaining. I’ve loved working at WH over a period of 9-and-a-half years for this reason, and I’ve got to say that winning this award is up there in my top career highlights!” Alice Ellis.



Highly commended



Highly commended



Highly commended



Highly commended