Anson Jones Awards: How to Enter

ONLINE ENTRY FORM  
Please submit an online entry form for each award entry. If a team contributed to an entry, please list all contributors. If you need to submit electronic documents not available online, send to TMA by email.

AWARD CATEGORIES 
Select the award category that best fits your entry. If your entry meets the specific award criteria, it may be entered in more than one category. An article or news story can be entered in one category and also be part of a body of work submitted for the Texas Health Journalist of the Year Award.   

1. Large-Circulation Print. News articles of less than 2,000 words in print publications with circulation of 100,000 or more.  

2. Small-Circulation Print. News articles of less than 2,000 words in print publications with circulation of less than 100,000.

3. In-Depth Print. Longer-format print news entries from all Texas markets, including:

  • Multipart series, 
  • Multiple stories on a single topic in a single edition, or
  • A single news story of 2,000 or more words.

4. Short Radio Stories. Brief news stories produced by any Texas radio station regardless of market size, with a duration of 2:30 (two minutes, 30 seconds) or less.

5. In-Depth Radio. Longer-format radio news entries from all Texas markets, including:

  • Multipart series,
  • Long-format stories/entries exceeding 2:30 (two minutes, 30 seconds) in duration, or
  • Any interview or talk-show format entries.

6. Large-Market Television. Brief news stories produced by television stations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, or Austin, with a duration of four minutes or less. 

7. Small-Market Television. Brief news stories produced by television stations in all other Texas markets, with a duration of four minutes or less.

8. In-Depth Television. Longer-format television news entries from all Texas markets, including: 

  • Multipart series,
  • Long-format stories exceeding four minutes in duration, or
  • Any interview or talk-show format entries. 

9. Online Single Article/Blog. A single news article or blog intended primarily for a Texas audience that appears online only on a web-based news media outlet, such as a newspaper reporter’s blog that doesn’t appear in print or a news article from a web-based news media outlet. Media outlet must be based in Texas. No word limit. 

 10.Online/Mixed Media Package. News reports intended primarily for a Texas audience appearing online that include a combination of articles, blogs, and/or audio or video content (promotional segments should not be submitted as part of the package). May be online-only content from a traditional news media outlet (like a TV station or newspaper), or online-only content from a web-based news outlet. Media outlet must be based in Texas. On your entry form, be sure to list all participants involved in the development of the package, including reporters and editors. 

11. Texas Health Journalist of the YearRecognition for a well-rounded and notable body of work produced in a single year by a print, broadcast, or online journalist. The work could include articles/reports on a specific topic, such as COVID-19, or on a variety of topics about medicine or health care. Judges will consider the breadth of reporting for this category. Send up to four stories to represent your work. If possible, put all submissions under a single URL, such as one YouTube playlist link, or put all URLs on a single entry form. 

CONTEST RULES
Read the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Award rules to find out who can enter and other contest information.

Who Can Enter?  
Any general-interest print, broadcast, or online news journalist or media outlet based in Texas (no trade or medical professional publications). Stories must be intended primarily for a Texas audience.

What Can You Enter?
Any general news piece aimed at the public (no public service announcements, promotional spots, or marketing pieces) that first appeared or aired in a Texas media-based outlet during 2020.

Other Contest Information  

  1. TMA must receive your entry(ies) no later than Jan. 10, 2021. Submit an online entry form for each entry. Additional documents can be submitted to TMA by email.
  2. Material must be first published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. 
  3. Journalists may submit up to four award entries. If entering the Texas Health Journalist of the Year category, a fifth entry is allowed. 
  4. Entries may be the work of an individual or the collective effort of several staff members at a publication or station. 
  5. Entrants may submit a news story as an individual entry and as part of the body of work for the Texas Health Journalist of the Year category.
  6. An entry may be entered in more than one category if it fits each category’s criteria.  
  7. TMA and its judges reserve the right to disqualify any entries not meeting eligibility requirements.  
  8. TMA and its judges reserve the right to move an entry to another category.
  9. When sending URLs for print entries, please ensure links will stay active through February 2021. If judges need to access entries behind a paywall, please provide a password. If judges cannot access an entry, it will be disqualified. If print entries can only be accessed behind a paywall, please provide a PDF of your entry(ies) as a back-up.  
  10. For print entries, please submit a screenshot of the article as it appeared in print with your entry form for verification (first page of the article/series is sufficient if story jumped or was multipart).
  11. For broadcast and other entries that contain video footage, TMA suggests entrants post their entry on YouTube or Vimeo without any advertising. If that is not possible, a URL is required. 
  12. Texas Health Journalist of the Year entrants: List all URLs on one entry form or combine all stories under one URL, or for video, put them on YouTube or Vimeo.
  13. TMA charges no fee to enter. 

JUDGING CRITERIA
Entries are judged on accuracy (medical/factual accuracy and balanced reporting), significance, quality, public interest, and impact as explained below. 

Accuracy: “Accurate” can apply to medical or factual accuracy, or balanced reporting. Are the facts as presented truthful/verifiable? If a story is controversial, is it balanced? Is the information presented in line with evidence-based medicine?

Significance: Is the information important for people to know? Is there a consequence to not knowing this information? Might it (or did it) stimulate discussion on a vital aspect of health or alert people to an urgent/emergent health issue, risk, or illness?

Quality: Is the entry well written and well researched? Does it contain good sound or visuals (if applicable)? Does the story contain multiple sources/experts/interviews? Does the entry include good storytelling and examples of people affected?

Public interest: Is the topic intriguing? Does the subject matter affect a broad audience, or just a few people? Is this something readers/viewers/listeners might care about? Is the information conveyed “in the public interest”?  

Impact: Did the story motivate individuals, government agencies, or lawmakers to take action (or could it)? Might this (or did it) positively influence health care for a significant population, or shed light on underserved patient needs or an issue that negatively affects patients?

Judges will name one winner per category and honorable mentions, if warranted. The judges may determine no entries represent excellence in a given category or multiple entries deserve a tie.

The Texas Health Journalist of the Year and all other winners (individual or group) receive a monetary prize. Plaques or certificates also are presented to winners and honorable mentions.

Judges are Texas Medical Association physicians and other members of TMA’s Council on Health Promotion, and respected journalists from the news publishing and broadcast fields. Final winners are determined by the TMA Council on Health Promotion.

Winning media outlets/physicians will be notified in the summer.

For more information, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA Anson Jones awards coordinator, at (512) 370-1470 or ansonjones[at]texmed[dot]org.

Last Updated On

December 02, 2020

Originally Published On

November 13, 2012

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