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2015 winners named in top health journalism contest Date: 02/29/16
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Hundreds of people with disabilities sent to group homes against their will, troubles in nursing homes, and an examination of infant mortality rates that rival those in some Third World countries were among the stories winning top honors in this year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
Also winning awards were pieces that found inconsistent standards for home care in Ontario, injuries sidelining nurses across the United States and a radio feature that followed a young man with a failing liver.
John Carreyrou of The Wall Street Journal won first place in beat reporting for his coverage of Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup that has had trouble with its blood-testing technology.
The 2015 awards, announced today by the Association of Health Care Journalists, recognize the best health reporting in 11 categories. This year, the contest’s 12th, had reporters compete across mediums in topic area categories, including public health, business and health policy. More than 460 entries were received.
“The depth and breadth of coverage across a wide range of topics is truly inspiring. It’s a privilege to be able to honor the consequential work being done here in the U.S. and internationally,” said contest chair and AHCJ board member Julie Appleby, a senior correspondent for the nonprofit Kaiser Health News.
AHCJ launched the awards program amid growing concern that too many journalism awards are sponsored by special interest groups that seek to sway media coverage. No health care companies or agencies fund AHCJ's awards program.
See more about each winner, including a summary of the entry. AHCJ members can click on the title of the entry to see the questionnaire about how the story was reported.
Contest entries were screened and judged by more than 50 working journalists or journalism professors. AHCJ board members and contest committee members were not eligible to enter the contest.
In addition to Appleby, the contest committee includes AHCJ members Tony Leys, Blythe Bernhard, Charles Ornstein and Cate Vojdik.
The awards will be presented during a luncheon on April 9 at Health Journalism 2016, the association's annual conference, taking place this year in Cleveland. First-place winners will receive $500 plus registration and hotel accommodations at the conference. Some winners will speak on conference panels about their work.
AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources and a professional home for journalists. Its offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.
First: John Carreyrou, The Wall Street Journal
Second: Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe
Third: Fred Mogul, WNYC
First: A Matter of Dignity; Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt, (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
Second: Clash in the name of care; Jenn Abelson, Jonathan Saltzman and Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe
Third: Injured Nurses; Daniel Zwerdling, NPR
First: Warehousing Our Children; Lauren Sausser, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier
Second: Inside Our Hospitals; Audrey Dutton, Idaho Statesman
Third: Fields of Toxic Pesticides Surround the Schools of Ventura County — Are They Poisoning the Students?, Liza Gross, The Nation with the Food & Environment Reporting Network
First: The Double Mastectomy Rebellion; Lucette Lagnado, The Wall Street Journal
Second: Searching for a new liver; traveling for transplant; Karen Shakerdge, Joel Patterson and Mia Lobel, WHYY's The Pulse
Third: Risks Are High at Low-Volume Hospitals; Steve Sternberg and Geoff Dougherty, U.S. News & World Report
First: Tiniest preemies, toughest decision; Markian Hawryluk, Bend (Ore.) Bulletin
Second: The public health dilemma of a fading black community; David Kroman, Crosscut.com
Third: Growing a family tree: Finding lost relatives is getting easier with genetic testing and social media; Sonya Collins, Genome
First: The Dysfunction in Drug Prices; Jonathan Rockoff, Joseph Walker and Jeanne Whalen, The Wall Street Journal
Second: Medicare Advantage Overcharges; Fred Schulte, The Center for Public Integrity
Third: Deadly Outbreaks, Dangerous Scopes; Chad Terhune and Melody Petersen, Los Angeles Times
First: A Game of Chicken; Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
Second: Poverty's Poison; Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune
Third: Living Lonely; Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
First: The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill; Brian Joseph, University of California, Berkeley
Second: Cradle of Shame; Lauren Sausser and Doug Pardue, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier
Third: The Missing Generation; Jessica Wright, Spectrum
First: Hidden Errors; Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Second: Drug Problems: Dangerous Decision-making at the FDA; John Crewdson, David Hilzenrath, Michael Smallberg, Project on Government Oversight
Third: No Place Like Home; Kelly Grant, Elizabeth Church, Fred Lum, The (Ontario) Globe and Mail
First: Living on: Improving the odds of organ transplants; David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal
Second: Maternal health: Ebola's lasting legacy; Erika Check Hayden, Nature
Third: Running on Empty; Kristen Schorsch and Jason McGregor, Crain's Chicago Business
First: The Lost Girls; Apoorva Mandavilli, Spectrum
Second: Mapping Healthcare's Diverging Paths; Beth Kutscher, Modern Healthcare
Third: The Drug Rep Will See You Now; Frederik Joelving, The BMJ