Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline January 16, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Since 2004, the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism 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.

First-place winners earn $500 and a framed certificate. They also receive complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, April 23-26 in Santa Clara, Calif. Winners are recognized at the annual awards luncheon and first-place winners are encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work. If there is more than one entrant on the award, it is up to these winners to divide any prize. Lodging will only be covered for one individual in each category.

Categories

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.

 

Twelve award categories

  • Beat Reporting (all sizes)
    An individual award for outstanding beat coverage. Entrants should explain the beat on the questionnaire and may submit up to four stories, carrying a single byline. The same stories may also be submitted in other categories.
  • Health Policy (large and small division)
    Stories that explore access to health care, medical quality and costs, as well as decisions about health care made by government, employers and other stakeholders
  • Public Health (large and small division)
    Stories that deal with health – often of a large population – rather than specific medical research or a specific individual.
  • Trade (all sizes)
    Articles from publications catering exclusively or primarily to specific groups, such as healthcare professionals, advocacy groups or organizations. Trade stories can also be entered in other categories, following rules on circulation size in those categories divided by size.
  • Business (large division and small division)
    Stories that explore where money and medicine intersect.
  • Investigative (large division and small division)
    Stories that shed light on things the public should know, but government, private industry or others would rather remain secret
  • Consumer/Feature (large division and small division)
    Stories that delve into difficult issues regarding illnesses, diseases, procedures or tests, as well as stories with a strong news-you-can- use focus.

Sizes

Categories applying to "all sizes" will seek the best work in that topic category regardless of size.

Categories denoting "large division and small division" will judge work in that topic category against work from similar-sized newsrooms. Those size divisions are:

Large:

  • Newspapers above 100,000 circulation and their affiliated websites
  • Network or syndicated TV and radio
  • Local TV and radio in top 50 markets
  • National and regional online outlets, including blogs
  • Magazines above 500,000 circulation
  • Trade newsletters above 35,000 circulation
  • National or regional wire services

Small: 

  • Newspapers below 100,000 and their affiliated websites
  • Local TV and radio in below-top-50 markets
  • Locally focused online outlets, including blogs
  • Magazines below 500,000 circulation
  • Trade newsletters below 35,000 circulation

Notable Winners

2013:

Beat Reporting

Elizabeth Rosenthal's 2013 Body of Work; Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times

 

Trade Publications/Newsletters

Rethinking the formula; Roxanne Khamsi, Nature Medicine

 

Business (large)

Supplement shell game: The people behind risky pills; Alison Young, John Hillkirk and Shannon Rae Green, USA Today

 

Business (small)

BioBeat; Luke Timmerman, Xconomy

 

Investigative (large)

Deadly Delays; staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

Investigative (small)

Other than honorable; David Philipps, (Colorado Springs) Gazette

 

Consumer/Feature (large)

Overdose; Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller, ProPublica

 

Consumer/Feature (small)

Suicide epidemic in Montana; Cindy Uken, The Billings Gazette

 

Health Policy (large)

Sex and dementia in nursing homes; Bryan Gruley, John Brecher and Cecile Daurat, Bloomberg News

 

Health Policy (small)

The robot will see you now; Jonathan Cohn, The Atlantic

 

Public Health (large)

Step by step: The path to ending child mortality; special reports team, GlobalPost

 

Public Health (small)

The art of eradicating polio; Leslie Roberts, Science Magazine

 

Jury

Monetary/Material Award Details

First-place winners earn $500, a framed certificate and complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, April 23-26, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. First-place winners will be recognized at the conference and will be encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work.

Eligibility Requirements

  • All entries must have been published or broadcast for the first time during the 2014 calendar year. All entries must be submitted online. Entrants who are unable to complete the online submission process may request the AHCJ staff to submit their entry for an additional fee.

Entry Fee Details

Early Bird Rate: 

Members: $30

Non-Members: $55

 

Regular Rate: 

Members: $50

Non-Members: $75

 

Required Material

Entry Format

  1. All entries must have been published or broadcast for the first time during the 2014 calendar year. All entries must be submitted online. Entrants who are unable to complete the online submission process may request the AHCJ staff to submit their entry for an additional fee.

  2. Payment may be submitted online by credit card in the amount of the total entry fee to be judged. Credit card numbers may also be called into the AHCJ headquarters. Checks should be made payable to the Association of Health Care Journalists. Payment must be received by the deadline for an entry to be considered.

  3. All entries must be accompanied by a completed questionnaire as part of the online entry process.

  4. All entries – print, online, television and radio – must be uploaded onto the contest site per instructions. By entering this contest, you are confirming that the entries represent the stories as originally published or aired. If a radio or television entry exceeds the size limit of 100 MB, follow the entry form instructions to submit the complete work via DVD or CD to AHCJ.

  5. A maximum of three individuals may be named on the entry, one of whom must be listed as the lead writer. If there are more than three significant contributors to the work, the entry should be submitted in the name of the news organization. However, the beat reporting category is an individual award and should carry only one name.

  6. Generally, only one story per entry is allowed. However, a maximum of four pieces – such as a main bar and up to three side bars on the same topic on the same day – may be submitted in each entry. For a clearly designated and labeled series, up to 10 articles may be submitted. In the "beat reporting" category, up to four stories may be submitted, although only one story from a series is allowed.

  7. Individual newsletter articles should be submitted in the trade publications category. Entire newsletters are not eligible for submission.

  8. Newspaper circulation should reflect the day of the week in which the work appears. If the work includes a series of stories, the size category selected for entry should reflect the highest circulation day included in the series. Applicants employed by large category outlets need to enter in the large category even if the entered work appears in a smaller outlet affiliated with the employer.

  9. Entries submitted on DVDs or CDs cannot be returned.

  10. Reporters may submit more than one entry in each category. However, each specific article or series can be entered in only one category. The exception: you may choose one story from a series to be used as one of your four beat category samples.

  11. If two organizations collaborate on a story or project, they also should coordinate their entry so that only one version of that entry is received.

  12. Judges and AHCJ staff may disqualify any entry that does not adhere to the rules and may move entries among categories.

  13. The AHCJ board reserves the right not to award a prize if a category attracts fewer than 15 entries. In such a case, entry fees will be refunded, but entries will not be returned.

  14. Contest screeners/judges are allowed to enter the contest, but will not serve as judges in their own categories. AHCJ board members, employees and contest committee members are not eligible to enter.

  15. Entries originally published in languages other than English are allowed. Applicants must upload an accurate translation, along with a letter from the news outlet certifying the translation's accuracy and the name and contact information of the translator.

  16. AHCJ will maintain copies of all entries. Entries may be used in group newsletters, journals, compilations or other educational efforts. They also may appear on AHCJ's website.

  17. Joint collaborations between trade and other types of publications cannot be entered in trade.

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