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Awards: Rules & How to Enter

Awards

Submit your entries for the 2010 awards!

New: Our contest submissions are all online this year.

Since 2004, the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism have recognized the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media. For the first time, AHCJ is now accepting contest entries online. That means a streamlined entry process, quick and efficient access to entries for judges, and less paper consumed. Entrants will no longer have to submit paper copies of articles and, with the exception of unusually large electronic files, face no shipping costs.

“We’re pleased to launch our online contest portal for the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism,” said Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News reporter and chair of the AHCJ Contest Committee.

Deadlines

Early-bird (discounted entry fee): Dec. 24

Regular: Jan. 28, 2011

“It will make it easier for journalists to submit their work, without the hassle of paper entries. It will also allow judges to review entries online and make it a more efficient contest.”

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, a framed certificate and complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, to be April 14-17, 2011, in Philadelphia. First-place winners will be recognized at the conference and will be encouraged to appear on panels to discuss their winning work.

Award categories

  • Metro newspapers (150,000 circulation or more) / national wire services / national Web sites
  • Community newspapers (under 150,000 circulation) / regional wire services / regional or local Web sites
  • General-Interest Magazines above 1 million circulation
  • General-Interest Magazines below 1 million circulation
  • Trade Publications / Newsletters
  • TV (Local markets, network, syndicated)
  • Radio (Local markets, network, syndicated)
  • Multimedia: This category covers all aspects of a multimedia presentation, including the storyand unique online components
  • Beat Reporting: This is an individual award. In the questionnaire, the entrant should explain the beat. You may submit up to four stories, carrying a single byline, to provide a representative sample of your work. You also may submit this work in other categories.

Award winners

First-place winners earn $500 and a framed certificate. First-place winners also receive complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, to be April 22-25, 2010, in Chicago. First-place winners will be recognized at the conference and will be 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.

2009 Award winners [Press Release]
2008 Award winners [Press Release]
2007 Award winners [Press Release]
2006 Award winners [Press Release]
2005 Award winners [Press Release]
2004 Award winners [Press Release]

Marina Walker-Guevara accepts an award on behalf of the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Christopher Pond/AHCJ

Marina Walker-Guevara accepts a 2006 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism on behalf of the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. AHCJ Board President Trudy Lieberman is presenting the award.

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