AHCJ contest: Ready to recognize 2020 health journalism work

About Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the director of education for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.

With 2020 as one of the most important times in health journalism history, the  Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism is ready to accept entries to recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media.

First-place winners earn $500 and a framed certificate. They also receive complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, June 24-27, in Austin. Winners are recognized at the annual awards luncheon.

Entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care, health ethics and student health reporting. AHCJ has clarified media outlet size information in its rules and FAQ and has updated its online entry  platform. Click here to read the rules, the FAQ and how to enter.

“Health care journalism has become all the more vital this year, with the public relying on us to track the coronavirus threat, explain how people can protect themselves and investigate how public officials are responding,” said Tony Leys, AHCJ contest chair and a health care reporter for the Des Moines Register. “Our contest saw a 13% increase in entries for 2019, and we’re hoping to see even more interest this year, with the flood of great work being done.”

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