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AHCJ accepting entries for Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

Jeff Porter

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.

AHCJ’s 2017 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism is now accepting entries. Follow this link to create an entry. Since 2004, the awards have recognized the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media.

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 contest was created by journalists for journalists and is not influenced or funded by commercial or special-interest groups. Continue reading

Call for entries: Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Awards for Excellence in Health Care JournalismEnter your best work of the year to be recognized by the premier contest for health journalism. Since 2004, the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism have recognized 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, April 7-10, 2016, in Cleveland. Winners are recognized at the annual awards luncheon and first-place winners are encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work.

Entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics. Click here to read the rules, the FAQ and to enter.

Awards presentation celebrates work, grieves tragedies, explores potential reforms #ahcj13

Grace Rubenstein

About Grace Rubenstein

Grace Rubenstein is an independent journalist in Sacramento, Calif. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-Rural Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The presentation of the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism at Health Journalism 2013 was a blend of irreverence and reverence, celebrating journalists’ work exposing health care and public health problems while acknowledging the tragedies that lie behind the stories.

It began by applauding the award winners for addressing hospital costs, lead poisoning, obesity and the national fungal meningitis outbreak, among other pressing topics. Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss continued the ceremony by testifying to AHCJ’s support for her growth as a journalist, allowing her to go behind the scenes at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coaching her through her first experience filing a public-records request, and leading her to a job she loves at the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting.

And then David Goldhill took the stage, and the celebratory tone changed.

Goldhill, who is president and chief executive officer of the cable network GSN, described his family’s battles with health care failures and hospital billing errors, captured in his new book “Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father — And How We Can Fix It” (Knopf). Several years ago his father went into the hospital with apparent pneumonia and within weeks died of secondary, preventable infections. More recently, his young son needed an emergency appendectomy. The family had to fill out the same detailed forms twice and wait five hours for surgery, while the boy was doubled over in pain, and a morphine prescription took 90 minutes to arrive even with the pharmacy a mere 100 feet away. Continue reading

Winners of top health journalism awards announced

Julie Appleby, M.P.H.

About Julie Appleby, M.P.H.

Julie Appleby is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. She is secretary of the Association of Health Care Journalists board of directors, and has been chair of AHCJ's annual Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism contest since its inception.

An investigation revealing concerns about unnecessary treatments by private dental firms – along with stories showcasing the enormous financial toll of medical care and the cost of dying – were among the top winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

First-place awards also went to a series that investigated long-forgotten lead factories and the dangers they pose to nearby residents, coverage of the compounding pharmacy linked to the national outbreak of fungal meningitis, the toll obesity is taking on residents of one state and the effect of violence against those living with HIV.

See the complete release and the list of winners.

Call for entries opens for health journalism awards

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Entries for the 2012 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are now being accepted.

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.Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

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 12 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.

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Recognizing best health journalism can be inspiring

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

One of the best things about working at AHCJ is the chance to see the broad range of really strong coverage our members produce.

Whether I’m reading stories about the ways money influences how medicine is practiced, uncovering the mistreatment of vulnerable people, looking at how pollution is affecting public health or investigating flawed health care systems, I am consistently awed by the work health journalists are doing.

I have the opportunity to see this work day in and day out, which is what helps keep me optimistic about the future of journalism. No doubt, we face many challenges, but take a look at the winners of last year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism and I promise you will feel better about our business.

That’s why I want to encourage everyone to submit entries for this year’s contest. We re-vamped the categories this year to reflect changes in how news content is being delivered. We recognize that great reporting is being done across platforms and through new partnerships and collaborations.

We want to honor that reporting and make sure the rest of the world sees the value in independent, quality coverage of health and health care issues. Please consider entering your best work of 2011 and encourage your colleagues to do so as well so we can share it and we can learn from it.

Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET this Friday, Feb. 3. Our online entry system makes it easier than ever and our contest committee is standing by to answer last-minute questions.