Awards: Rules & How to Enter
Contest categories have been adjusted this year
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.
Following on changes begun last 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.
This year, however, the contest adds size divisions to an additional two categories, Public Health and Health Policy. The additions bring to 12 the number of overall contest categories. The only categories not divided into size divisions are Beat Reporting and Trade.
“The new size categories will provide more opportunity for entrants,” 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 two years ago, will be used again this year.
- Press release on 2012 winners
- List of 2012 winners
- Rules for the 2012 awards
- Frequently asked questions
- Past winners
The final deadline for 2012 work was Jan. 4. Please check back in the fall for details on next year's contest.
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.
First-place winners earn $500, a framed certificate and complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, March 14-17, 2013, in Boston. First-place winners will be recognized at the conference and will be encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work.