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Our coverage and awards

Mosaic stories have been republished on websites and in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including ABC News, the Atlantic, BBC Future, Business Insider, BuzzFeed, CNN, Digg, Discover, El País, Gizmodo, the Guardian, the Hindu, the Independent, io9, MailOnline, Newsweek, the New Statesman, Pacific Standard, Quartz, RawStory,, the Week and the Wire. Our pieces have been translated into Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.

Our stories have also been republished in books. In 2018, Canbury Press published two anthologies of Mosaic stories, Bodyology and BrainologyMary O’Hara’s piece on the mental health impacts of austerity was adapted as a chapter in The Violence of Austerity (Pluto Press, 2017). Michael Regnier’s story ‘The man who gave himself away’ has been included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017 (Mariner Books, 2017). Geoff Watts’s piece on robot carers features in What Future (Unnamed Press, 2017).

Mosaic was featured in this piece on Mosaic's 5th anniversary in The Drum, a follow-up to this 2017 story. Editor Chrissie Giles was featured in this profile on The Open Notebook and quoted in these pieces on writers with mental health issues and on declining pitches. Commissioning Editor Rob Reddick is the subject of this Q&A on Back to Front.

Mosaic’s award-winning piece on mercury poisoning has been featured as one of the Open Notebook’s Storygrams – where a writer annotates a feature to explore the craft.

2019 awards

Samira Shackle won Feature of the Year (specialist audience) at the Medical Journalists' Association Awards for her piece, Violent crime is like an infectious disease – and we know how to stop it spreading. For this work she was also nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to Health or Medical Journalism award. Of the story, the judges said: "It was refreshing to see a specialist feature winning wide pick-up in mainstream media. It was accessible to the general reader while retaining professional vigour."

Sophie Cousins's Wherever you are, time is running out for treating gonorrhoea was highly commended in the Dr David Delvin Award for Sex and Sexual Health Journalism category. 

Alex Riley won the ‘Feature of the year - specialist’ category in the 2019 ABSW Awards for his story on Zimbabwe’s Friendship Bench project. Jane Feinmann’s piece on catheters and antibiotic resistance was shortlisted in the same category and Chrissie Giles was shortlisted for Editor of the Year.

2018 awards

Josh Sokol, a US-based freelance writer, won the 2018 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists. Sokol received the award and its $1,000 prize for four stories, including Something in the water: life after mercury poisoning – his first long reported story, which he wrote for Mosaic.

Samira Shackle's piece on the Karachi ambulance service was longlisted for the One World Media Awards (Print) category. Charlie Hall was shortlisted for Picture Editor at the British society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Talent awards for Mosaic's piece, “How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale”, shot by Dave Imms. 

Shayla Love’s piece on OCD in dogs was shortlisted for the best feature category of the 2018 ABSW Awards. At the 2018 MJA Awards, Linda Geddes' piece on using sleep deprivation to treat depression and Joanna Moorhead's piece on mastectomy were both highly commended in the feature of the year categories. Catherine Carver’s piece on post-partum psychosis was highly commended in the mental health category. Chrissie Giles was shortlisted for Editor of the Year.

2017 awards

Lina Zeldovich’s piece on a new type of toilet won the 2017 Front Page Award for Special Science Reporting. Shayla Love’s article on the Chinese Cultural Revolution won the written journalism category at the 2017 Asian American Journalists’ Association Awards. Mary O’Hara won silver in the International Feature category for her piece on psychosis in Parkinson’s at the 59th SoCal Journalism Awards.

At the 2017 Medical Journalists’ Association Awards, Emma Young’s piece ‘Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening’ won in the Feature of the Year, Specialist Audience category, and Jane Feinmann won Freelancer of the Year for a portfolio including ‘The little yellow box that’s made thousands of operations safer’. Overall, Mosaic was nominated for four awards, including Editor of the Year for Chrissie Giles and in the Science Explained category for ‘The engineer who fixed his own heart’.

2016 awards

Mosaic won the Website of the Year award at the 2016 Medical Journalists’ Association Awards. Three of its stories featured in Longreads’ 2016 best of lists. The short film ‘How to make a prosthetic eye’ was part of the official selection for the Imagine Science Film Festival, New York in 2016, the Imagine Science Film Festival, Abu Dhabi in 2017 and the Viten Filmfestival in Norway in 2016.

2015 awards

Mosaic was specially commended for Best Use of Photography at the 2015 Online Media Awards, with Giles Newton nominated for Online Editor of the Year. Giles was also nominated for Best Editor at the 2015 Medical Journalists’ Association Summer Awards. Mosaic was shortlisted for two awards at the 2015 British Media Awards, including Website of the Year, with commissioning editor Mun-Keat Looi receiving silver in the Rising Star category. Patrick Strudwick’s story ‘One virus, four lives: the reality of being HIV positive’ won the Science Explained award at the 2015 Medical Journalists’ Association Winter Awards, with Catherine de Lange’s ‘Brazil’s billion-dollar gym experiment’ also shortlisted for Best Profile of a Health or Medical Figure. Alexander Masters’s ‘A plutocratic proposal’ received the Best Investigative Journalism award at the 2015 Association of British Science Writers Awards.

2014 awards

Our video series ‘Last Chance Saloon’ won the Documentary & Lifestyle category at TO Webfest 2014. Virginia Hughes’s ‘Arrested development’ and Ed Yong’s ‘DIY diagnosis’ were listed among the best reads of 2014 by, Longform and Digg.