TMA Announces Anson Jones, MD, Award Media Winners

For Immediate Release
Aug. 30, 2011

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Top health care news stories and series highlight the 2011 winners in the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Anson Jones, MD, Awards for media excellence. Journalists from the panhandle to the coastal bend submitted nearly 100 entries this year. Entries covered topics ranging from the effects of federal health system reform to a child’s gift to future patients. Some of this year’s honorees are new to the Anson Jones Awards, while others have won several times before. For more than 54 years TMA has recognized quality, accurate journalism about health care and medical issues. 

Judges called the winning entries “excellent,” “informative,” “timely,” “outstanding,” “a shining example of television journalism,” and “searing,” among other accolades. One gushed, “[This entry] offers notice that in a supposedly declining newspaper age, 21st-century journalism can deliver on all counts.”

Winners receive a plaque or framed certificate, and an award of either $1,000 or $250, depending upon place.   

Visit here to see more on the winners including photos of them receiving the awards and links to the winning entries.  

TMA physician leaders congratulate this year’s winners and entrants, and remind Texas health reporters in general-interest print and broadcast outlets to enter next year’s competition in January.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. 

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