Anson Jones Awards: How to Enter

ENTRY FORM  (You must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader) 
Please submit your entry form and entry to TMA by email. If a team contributed to an entry, please list all contributors. For print entries, TMA requires one hard copy of the entry and a completed entry form, in addition to the URL or electronic version. This includes print entries in the Texas Health Journalist of the Year, and Physician Excellence in Reporting categories.    

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. Radio. 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 (must include script). 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 (must include script). 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 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. No word limit. 

10.Online/Mixed Media Package. News reports appearing online that include a combination of articles, blogs, and/or audio or video content. 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. 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 Year. Recognition for a 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 or on a variety of topics about medicine or health care. Send up to four work samples to represent your work.

12. Physician Excellence in Reporting. Health care news reports created by Texas physicians or students at a Texas medical school, for a public audience in general-interest news media. The physician/medical student regularly writes or produces news articles or broadcast news stories that air on or are published in a general-interest Texas news print publication, radio or television station, or blog. 

Articles or blogs that appear on a company website are allowed, but judges assign higher value to entries that also appear in a traditional news outlet. Opinion pieces such as op-eds and letters to the editor are not eligible, nor are physician/medical student media interviews used in a radio, television, or print story. 

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

Who Can Enter?

  1. Any general-interest print or broadcast news journalist or media outlet based in Texas (no trade or medical professional publications).
  2. Any Texas physician or medical student who writes/produces medical/health care news that appears in general-interest news media based in Texas.
  3. Any publication intended for the general population.

What Can You Enter?
Any general news piece aimed at the public (no public service announcements, promotional spots, or marketing pieces).

Other Contest Information  

  1. TMA must receive your entry(ies) by close of business Jan. 10, 2017. Entries and entry forms must be submitted by email.
  2. For print entries, TMA requires one hard copy of the entry, in addition to the URL or electronic version, and a completed entry form. This includes entries in the Texas Health Journalist of the Year, and Physician Excellence in Reporting categories.
  3. In-depth broadcast entries (TV and radio) must include a script.
  4. Material must be published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. 
  5. Journalists may submit up to four separate award entries unless entering the Texas Health Journalist of the Year category, for which a fifth entry is allowed. 
  6. Entries may be the work of an individual or the collective effort of a publication or station. 
  7. Entrants may submit a news story as an individual entry and as part of the body of work for the journalist of the year category.
  8. An entry may be entered in more than one category if it fits the specific award criteria. 
  9. TMA and its judges reserve the right to disqualify any entries not meeting eligibility requirements.  
  10. TMA charges no fee to enter, but all shipping costs are the responsibility of each entrant. Multiple entries may be shipped together.
  11. TMA is not responsible for lost or damaged entries.
  12. Entries will not be returned. 

JUDGING CRITERIA
Entries are judged on accuracy, significance, quality, public interest, and impact. 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 two entries deserve a tie.

The Texas Health Journalist of the Year receives $1,000 and a plaque. All other winners (individual or group) receive $500 and one plaque. Additional plaques may be purchased. Winners in each category also receive a certificate. Honorable mentions, if awarded, receive a certificate.

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 spring.

For more information, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470 or ansonjones@texmed.org.