Texas journalists are encouraged to enter the Anson Jones, MD, awards, sponsored by the Texas Medical Association.
For the third year in a row, a print journalist took home the Texas Health Journalist of the Year title in Texas Medical Association’s Anson Jones, MD, Awards competition.
Lauren Caruba, a San Antonio Express-News reporter, took top honors in 2020. Jess Huff, a reporter at The Lufkin Daily News, and Sophie Novack, a Texas Observer reporter, received honorable mention, along with Bonnie Petrie of Texas Public Radio.
The competition recognizes Texas-based, general interest journalists in 11 award categories tailored for print, online, and broadcast media.
Judges said Caruba consistently produces well-developed, solid reports. “Each story is engaging, unique, and relays health/medical information important to the community,” said one judge. A story about HIV by Caruba and a team of reporters received honorable mention in another category.
Texas journalists can submit up to four entries and those who have a well-rounded, large body of work in 2020, might want to enter the Texas Health Journalist of the Year category.
Any work first published in Texas during 2020 is eligible, and it’s free to enter. First place includes a cash prize. Entry deadline is Jan. 101.
TMA physicians and members of TMA’s Council on Health Promotion judge the competition, along with former journalists from news publishing and broadcast fields. Entries are judged on accuracy (medical/factual accuracy and balanced reporting), significance, quality, public interest, and impact.
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