The Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media. The contest is run by journalists for journalists and is not influenced or funded by commercial or special-interest groups.
The contest features a variety of categories and entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics.
Contest entrants fill out a questionnaire that details how they reported the work they are submitting. AHCJ posts those questionnaires with the entries, allowing other journalists to learn about new sources, get story ideas and do similar reporting in their own communities.
Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism: 2006 winners
- Small Newspapers (under 90,000 circ.)
- General Interest Magazines above 1 million circ.
- General Interest Magazines below 1 million circ.
- Trade Publications/Online Journals/Newsletters
- TV (Top 20 markets, network, syndicated)
- TV (Below Top 20 markets)
Small Newspapers (under 90,000 circ.)
First Place: The Killer Cure; Tara Tuckwiller and Scott Finn, The Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette
This Gazette investigation focuses on methadone, a drug that not only can kill pain, but also can kill the person taking it, even at the recommended dosage.
Third Place: Still Lisa; Lois M. Collins and Elaine Jarvik, Deseret Morning News
One woman's life-and-death battle against Streptococcus pyogenes - Strep A.
General Interest Magazines above 1 million circ.
First Place: The Truth About Donor 1084; Jennifer Wolff, Self
In Self magazine, Jennifer Wolf reports that sperm banks, and industry with little oversight, may be hiding evidence of donors' genetic defects.
Third Place: Fixing America's Hospitals; Newsweek
As the population ages, medical demands surge and costs rise, America's hospitals are being tested like never before. Solving the crisis is a formidable task, but innovative hospitals are rising to the challenge — they're reforming nursing practices, digitizing medical records, transforming end-of-life care.
General Interest Magazines below 1 million circ.
Second Place: Forever Young; Arlene Weintraub, BusinessWeek
The anti-aging industry is offering a dizzying array of hormones and supplements. Business is booming. But some remedies are risky, and the benefits are unproven.
Third Place: Patient Groups: Swallowing the Best Advice; Peter Aldhous and Jessica Marshall, New Scientist
They are supposed to be grassroots organizations representing the interests of people with serious diseases. But some health specialists think some patient groups are perilously close to becoming extensions of pharmaceutical companies' marketing departments.
Trade Publications/Online Journals/Newsletters
Second Place: Do Your Payers Measure Up?; Pamela Moore, Physicians Practice
Physicians Practice and athenahealth, a company that handles billing processes for thousands of physicians around the country, put together a first-of-its-kind index to rank payers, nationally and regionally, on how well they work with physicians.
TV (Top 20 markets, network, syndicated)
First Place: Remaking American Medicine; Frank Christopher, Matthew Eisen and Marc Shaffer, PBS
A four-part television series for PBS that follows pioneering individuals struggling to fix our broken health care system.
Second Place: Sick and Uninsured; Sanjay Gupta, Shahreen Abedin and Abigail Leonard, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
Second place: "Sick and Uninsured," Sanjay Gupta, Shahreen Abedin and Abigail Leonard, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
TV (Below Top 20 markets)
Second Place: Prescription for Waste; Hagit Limor and Anthony Mirones, WCPO-Cincinnati
Pharmacy companies are throwing about millions of dollars worth of medicine rather than donating it to patients who can't afford the prescriptions.
Third Place: Healing the Heroes - America's War Wounded; Kathryn Barrett and Mike Babcock, WVEC-Norfolk, Va.
WVEC looks at what doctors are doing to help save the lives of soldiers.