Hurricane Harvey. Telemedicine. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These are just a few topics that made headlines this year. If you’ve read, watched, or heard a great health news story by a local journalist, nominate it for the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards, which recognize excellence in health reporting in the Lone Star State.
TMA member physicians and medical students can nominate print, online, or broadcast journalists for an award. Doing so is worth the effort: In the past few years, nearly one-third of nominations by TMA Family members went on to win an award.
Submit your nominations to ansonjones[at]texmed[dot]org. Include the reporter’s name, date of broadcast/publication, media outlet, story name, and URL if you have it. TMA will send a postcard to the reporter with a note alerting him or her of your nomination.
The Physician Excellence in Reporting category recognizes physician and medical student journalists. So you also can nominate a colleague who writes/produces health news that appears regularly in a general-interest news media outlet based in Texas. This could include writing a medical column for a local newspaper, hosting a radio health show, or appearing on a weekly TV news medical segment. (Or if this describes you, please enter your own work.)
The deadline to enter work broadcast or published in 2017 is noon on Jan. 10. But you may nominate great local health journalism published or broadcast this year anytime throughout 2018.
Visit www.texmed.org/ansonjones/ for complete nomination details, contest rules, and categories. If you have questions, call Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300 ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470, or email ansonjones[at]texmed[dot]org.