Received Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) science journalism award - to work at the leading international science journal Nature before spending several months reporting science stories from developing countries.
BBC technology correspondent Katia Moskvitch has won the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize. The award, announced at a reception at the House of Commons, sees her receive a trip to the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter / Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile in the spring of 2013.
The Science and Technology Facillities Council (STFC) and European Southern Observatory (ESO) ran the competition in association with the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW). Entrants were invited to submit written and broadcast material for consideration by a panel of judges from the four organisations.
Katia won the prize for her series on the ESO Very Large Telescope sited at Paranal in Chile. She said: "As a technology journalist at the BBC, I don't get to write about astronomy very often. That's why I really loved my time in Chile, reporting about the telescopes in ESO's observatories, and learning a lot of new things about space and technology. After I had written my features, I received really good feedback from readers, and a colleague urged me to enter this competition. I was quite surprised but very happy when I found out I won!"
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Was selected among more than 600 applicants - emerging science journalists - to work at the BBC's online science department for 6 months. During the time, went to cover stories at CERN, Geneva, at Lake Baikal in Siberia, at RosCosmos in Moscow, and elsewhere. Broke numerous exclusive news stories.