Awards: Rules & How to Enter
Call for entries
Entries for the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism will soon be 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 AHCJ contest highlights innovative reporting on health care, offering examples for all journalists of how to help the public understand these important and complicated issues,” said Tony Leys, AHCJ contest chair and a health care reporter for the Des Moines Register.
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.
CONTINUED THIS YEAR: Entries to the ‘student’ category must have been produced by students in undergraduate or graduate programs, and published in student-led or professional outlets. Work a student did as part of an internship is eligible, unless the student shared a byline with a professional colleague.
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 in Austin. First-place winners will be recognized at the conference and will be encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work.