Journalism Contest Recognizes Physician and Medical Student Work
By Tammy Wishard

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Do you moonlight as a medical reporter? Maybe you write a blog or a column for your local newspaper or magazine. Or perhaps you host a health-focused segment on a local TV or radio station. 

If so, enter your work in the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards contest. 

The Physician Excellence in Reporting category is designed for physicians and medical students who regularly contribute to general-interest media aimed at a Texas public audience. (Eleven other award categories honor professional journalists in print, television, radio, and online media in the annual competition hosted by TMA since 1957.) 

“Physicians have a unique ability to explain difficult concepts and give insight into complex issues, and local media outlets are perfect forums for this,” said  2017 physician winner Sidney C. Roberts, MD, of Lufkin (above left). “I can think of no better way to educate a wide local audience.”  

The Physician Excellence in Reporting category is designed for physicians and medical-student reporters who regularly contribute to general-interest media aimed at a Texas public audience. (Eleven other award categories honor professional journalists in print, television, radio, and online media.) 

Dr. Roberts said receiving the Anson Jones award validated the importance he places on his role beyond the clinic. 

“I am first and foremost a physician, but I believe one of my duties is to educate the community about health care issues in a way that positively impacts their health,” he said.  

Enter your work today. Any news story published or broadcast in 2019 in Texas is eligible. 

TMA will accept entries until noon Jan. 10, 2020. You also can nominate a colleague who is an outstanding medical journalist – or a local professional nonphysician journalist. 

Visit the Anson Jones webpage for complete contest details. If you have questions, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, (512) 370-1470, or via email.

Last Updated On

January 06, 2020

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Tammy Wishard is TMA’s outreach coordinator. She manages TMA's award-winning Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize programs, and the Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health reporting. She has a 20-plus-year history with TMA, where she started as a writer/editor. Tammy, an Iowa native, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.

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