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AHCJ issues call for entries in annual awards program Date: 12/11/15

Awards for Excellence in Health Care JournalismCOLUMBIA, MO. — The Association of Health Care Journalists is now accepting entries in the 2015 Awards for Excellent in Health Care Journalism.

Since 2004, the contest has recognized the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media across 11 categories. The program was created by journalists for journalists and is not influenced or funded by commercial or special-interest groups.

Entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics.

This year the contest retains its topic-based categories, where entries compete head-to-head no matter whether they appeared in magazines, newspapers, trade publications or on radio or television stations or websites.

A few changes have been made this year:

  • Five pieces from a designated series may be entered as a single entry, even if the series was longer. (down from 10 last year)

  • In beat reporting up to five articles can be submitted (up from four) but only one can come from a designated series.

  • The business category is for all sizes.

“This contest showcases the high level of reporting being done nationally and around the world on vital health and health policy issues,” said Julie Appleby, AHCJ’s contest chair and a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service based in Washington, D.C. 

First-place winners earn $500 and a framed certificate. They also receive complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, April 7-10, 2016, in Cleveland. Winners are recognized at the annual awards luncheon and first-place winners are encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work. If there is more than one entrant on the award, it is up to these winners to divide any prize. Lodging will only be covered for one individual in each category.

The early-bird entry deadline will be Dec. 1; the final deadline will be Jan. 6, 2016. The final deadline has been extended to noon ET on Jan. 7.

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