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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The 2012 Media Awards for Health Reporting

Last week, we attended the Canadian Medical Association’s 2012 Media Awards for Health Reporting in Ottawa. The awards honour quality health-related journalism that “enhances understanding of health, the health care system, and the role of health professionals.”

This year’s winners wrote about and reported on a broad spectrum of health issues – from end-of-life care, to asbestos health risks and government cover-ups, to dental care in the north.

We’re big fans of the Maclean’s blog from Julia Belluz, Science-ish, which won in the Digital Reporting category for reporting on evidence-based health policies. Science-ish puts science and health care issues into plain language and does an excellent job explaining complex health topics. See for yourself!

The CMA also introduced four new categories this year: digital media, emerging health issues and multicultural and international health reporting. Of particular interest to us was the winner in the emerging health issues category – Jennifer Tryon of Global National News for her reporting on the Attaawapiskat housing crisis. The CMA chose determinants of health as this year’s issue, and Jennifer’s series represented the profound affect determinants like poverty and housing can have on the health of individuals and a community.

We’d like to offer our congratulations to all the winners and hope they will continue their important work reporting on the evidence and bringing to light Canada’s health care issues.


The Michelle Lang Award for Excellence in Print Reporting - In-depth feature article sponsored by The College of Family Physicians of Canada Lisa Priest, Globe and Mail - End of life
Special mention: Janet French, The StarPhoenix - The lost children; dental issues plague northern families 

Excellence in Health Reporting - Print (Large market) Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News - Who will stop the pain? Canada's silent epidemic of suffering

Excellence in Health Reporting - Print (Mid-size market) Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen - Unhealthy welcome: Why Canada is hazardous to their health

Excellence in Health Reporting - Television news Dany Croussette, Michel Rochon, Patrick André Perron, Gilles Turcotte, Ronald jr Roy, Normand Bourget, Radio-Canada - L'état d'urgence
Special mention: Kelly Crowe, Melanie Glanz, David MacIntosh, CBC News - Frozen eggs trade 

Excellence in Health Reporting - Television in-depth reporting Joseph Loiero, Terence McKenna, Gil Shochat, Alex Shprintsen, CBC News, The National - Fatal deception
Special mention: Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld, Jennifer Beard, CBC News - Kathleen Petty interview 

Excellence in Health Reporting - Radio Alison Motluk, Jim Handman, Bob McDonald , CBC Radio, Quirks & Quarks - Cheating the clock
Special mention: Carol Off, Jeff Douglas, Kevin Robertson, David McDougall, CBC Radio, As it Happens - Refugee health changes 

Excellence in Local Health Reporting - Print and broadcast Sonja Koenig, Kate Kyle, Sara Minogue, Joanne Stassen, CBC North - Cancer: A northern journey
Special mention: Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel Review - The sad truth : Prescription drug use 

Excellence in Emerging Health Care Issue - Print and broadcast Jennifer Tryon, Global National News - Attawapiskat housing crisis
Special mention: Jennifer Tryon, Global National News - Refugee health cuts 

Excellence in Multicultural Health Reporting - Print and broadcast Sudha Krishnan, OMNI Television - Diabetes - Fighting a leading killer in the South Asian community

The Norman Bethune Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting - Print and broadcast Tanya Springer, Joan Webber, Pam Bertrand CBC Radio 1, The Current - Of mothers and merchants
Special mention: Dominique Forget, L'actualité - La peste blanche est de retour 

Excellence in Digital Health Reporting Julia Belluz, - Science-ish on evidence-based health policies

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