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Polio’s last stand: Citizen editor shortlisted for Eureka Prize

The Australia Museum’s annual Eureka Prizes honour the best of Australian science, and include a category for science journalism. Citizen editor Jo Chandler is in the running for a report from Nigeria on the last stand against polio. 

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After 30 years of effort and billions of dollars, polio virus has been hunted almost to extinction. But the devastating disease lives on in some of the most dangerous corners of the planet. In 2017, Citizen editor and CAJ lecturer Jo Chandler joined teams of polio vaccinators in Northern Nigeria. Her story, published by US science journalism online magazine Undark.org and co-published by The Atlantic, has just been listed as a finalist in the Australia Museum’s 2018 Eureka Awards. The full list of awards can be found here.

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