Thursday, July 21, 2016

TMA Recognizes Health Reporting Excellence

Deborah Fuller, MD, presents to Lauren Silverman, KERA FM,
Dallas, Texas Health Journalist of the Year and In-Depth Radio winner.
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) announces the 2016 TMA Anson Jones, MD, Award winners for outstanding health and medical news reporting during 2015 (see winner list below). TMA member physicians presented TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards to journalists at local ceremonies throughout the spring.

“Each year, we’re impressed by the quality of work from journalists across the state, and this year was no exception,” said TMA’s Council on Health Promotion Chair Benjamin Lee, MD, of Dallas. “Whether they’re reporting for a small weekly newspaper or a TV station in a major city, the journalists relay important health information to the public.”

The annual TMA awards recognize print, television, radio, and online media journalists in 10 award categories. One award honors the Texas Health Journalist of the Year to recognize a body of work produced in a single year by a print, broadcast, or online journalist.

Award winners receive $500. The journalist of the year receives $1,000.

Since 1957, TMA has honored award-winning Texas journalists with the Anson Jones, MD, Awards, named for the pioneer physician and prolific writer who served as the last president of the Texas Republic. Members of TMA’s Council on Health Promotion judge the competition, along with respected former journalists from both news publishing and broadcast fields.

Are you a Texas health reporter or do you know one? 
TMA now is accepting entries for the 2017 awards competition. A new award category, Online Single Article/Blog, will recognize a single news article or blog that appears online only on a web-based news outlet.

“Already this year, we’ve had contributions on Zika, prescription drug abuse, and the heroin epidemic,” said Dr. Lee. “We know journalists are reporting on important topics, and we encourage them to enter the Anson Jones awards, whether for the first time or the 10th time. It’s a great way to showcase their work, and maybe come away a winner.”

Journalists have until Jan. 10, 2017, to submit an entry for any news story that is published or airs in 2016. Journalists can direct questions to ansonjones@texmed.org.

TMA 2016 Anson Jones, MD, Award Winners:


Large-Market Television
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
Winner
Sally Hernandez and Dani Guerrero
KXAN-TV, Austin
Honorable Mention
Austin Girl, 6, Needs Bone Marrow Match
Terri Gruca and Matt Olsen
KVUE-TV, Austin




Small-Market Television
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
No winner selected







In-Depth Television
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
Winner
Breast Cancer Lifers Inspire
Terri Gruca and Matt Olsen
KVUE-TV, Austin




Large-Circulation Print
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
No winner selected







Small-Circulation Print
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
Winner
Kevin King
Vital Signs, Beaumont




In-Depth Print
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
Winner
Alexa Garcia-Ditta
The Texas Observer
Honorable Mention
Saul Elbein
The Texas Observer
Honorable Mention
Brooks Egerton
The Dallas Morning News




Radio
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
No winner selected







In-Depth Radio
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
Winner (Tie)
Lauren Silverman
KERA, Dallas
Winner (Tie)
David Martin Davies
Texas Public Radio
Honorable Mention
Krys Boyd, Jeff Whittington, Stephen Becker, and Lyndsay Knecht
KERA, Dallas
Honorable Mention
Paul Flahive
Texas Public Radio




Online/Mixed Media
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
Winner
Seema Yasmin, John Hancock, Eva Parks, and Scott Friedman
The Dallas Morning News, NBC 5-TV
Honorable Mention
Alexa Ura, Neena Satija, and Becca Aaronson
The Texas Tribune
Honorable Mention
Emily Trube
KRLD, Dallas





Texas Health Journalist of the Year
Name of Entry
Honoree(s)
Media Outlet
Winner

Lauren Silverman
KERA, Dallas
Honorable Mention

David Martin Davies
Texas Public Radio

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