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Awards: Rules & How to Enter

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Entries for the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are now being accepted. The awards recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media across 12 categories.

Since 2004, the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism have recognized the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media. The contest was created by journalists for journalists and is not influenced or funded by commercial or special-interest groups.

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.

“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.

The online contest entry system, which debuted three years ago, will be used again this year.

The early-bird deadline to enter – which comes with a discounted entry fee – will be 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20. The final deadline will be 5 p.m. CT on Jan. 13. 

Deadlines

Early bird: 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20.
Final: 5 p.m. CT on Jan. 13

Enter the 2013 awards.

Categories

Entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics. The topic categories include Business, Investigative, Consumer/Feature, Public Health and Health Policy. We have a category just for trade publications, although trade-published stories can also be entered in any of the topic categories. We have retained the beat reporting category from earlier contests, which is open to all mediums.

Winners

First-place winners earn $500, a framed certificate and complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, March 27-30, 2014, in Denver. First-place winners will be recognized at the conference and will be encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work.

 

Twelve award categories

  • Beat Reporting (all sizes)
    An individual award for outstanding beat coverage. Entrants should explain the beat on the questionnaire and may submit up to four stories, carrying a single byline. The same stories may also be submitted in other categories.

  • Health Policy (large and small division)
    Stories that explore access to health care, medical quality and costs, as well as decisions about health care made by government, employers and other stakeholders

  • Public Health (large and small division)
    Stories that deal with health – often of a large population – rather than specific medical research or a specific individual.

  • Trade (all sizes)
    Articles from publications catering exclusively or primarily to specific groups, such as healthcare professionals, advocacy groups or organizations. Trade stories can also be entered in other categories, following rules on circulation size in those categories divided by size.

  • Business (large division and small division)
    Stories that explore where money and medicine intersect.

  • Investigative (large division and small division)
    Stories that shed light on things the public should know, but government, private industry or others would rather remain secret

  • Consumer/Feature (large division and small division)
    Stories that delve into difficult issues regarding illnesses, diseases, procedures or tests, as well as stories with a strong news-you-can- use focus.

Sizes

Categories applying to "all sizes" will seek the best work in that topic category regardless of size.

Categories denoting "large division and small division" will judge work in that topic category against work from similar-sized newsrooms. Those size divisions are:

Large:

  • Newspapers above 100,000 circulation and their affiliated websites
  • Network or syndicated TV and radio
  • Local TV and radio in top 50 markets
  • National and regional online outlets, including blogs
  • Magazines above 500,000 circulation
  • Trade newsletters above 35,000 circulation
  • National or regional wire services

Small: 

  • Newspapers below 100,000 and their affiliated websites
  • Local TV and radio in below-top-50 markets
  • Locally focused online outlets, including blogs
  • Magazines below 500,000 circulation
  • Trade newsletters below 35,000 circulation
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