Saturday, June 30, 2012

Women's Health Research Journalism Awards

Post date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Deadline: 31 August 2012

As advances in research are made and Americans are increasingly empowered to understand their own health, it is more important than ever to ensure that media coverage of medical research findings is both accurate and appropriately represented. The Society for Women's Health Research wants to honor those journalists who stand out.

Applications for the Excellence in Women’s Health Research Journalism Awards are now being accepted.

The Awards will recognize journalism that provides accurate, relevant and understandable research on women’s health. Original reporting via television, radio, print, or Internet on new research findings or a review of current research will be considered.

Awards will be presented at the annual Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) Corporate Advisory Council meeting on November 13, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The nomination deadline is August 31, 2012. A $50 entry fee is required at time of submission.

  • Print and Internet entries must include the complete text of the article printed on white 8.5” X 11” paper. Please enclose two copies.
  • TV and radio entries must include two taped copies of the report.
  • Entries may be self-nominated and there is no fee or limit to the number of entries submitted.
  • Entries may be international, but must be in English.
  • A part or whole series may be submitted as one entry, but must be clearly labeled (e.g., part X of XX series.) However, a cluster of articles on the same topic, and not part of a particular series, may not be submitted as one entry.
  • All entries must have been produced for the first time during the 2011-12 calendar year.

  • Please send nomination forms, a $50 entry fee, and the nominated article or taped report to Rachel Griffith,, or by mail to: Society for Women’s Health Research, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 601, Washington, DC 20036
  • Entries must be postmarked by August 31, 2012, the submission deadline.
  • A $50 application fee is due at the time of submission.

  • Nominees and their nominators will be notified about the award decision once the judging process is complete. Awards will be presented the annual Corporate
  • Advisory Council meeting on November 13, 2012, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Awards recipients will receive media recognition and a plaque.
  • Recipients must be present at the ceremony, as a guest of SWHR, to receive the award.


The goal of the Excellence in Women’s Health Research Journalism Awards is to recognize and reward journalism that provides accurate, relevant and accessible health information that is based on research.

1. The article, news broadcast, or print, broadcast or Internet series must be original reporting based on new research findings or a review of current research.

2. Nominees do not have to be women’s health beat journalists, but the piece for which a journalist is nominated must be on women’s health research or on research that examines health differences between women and men. For example, articles on fetal health or child development will not be considered.

3. Reporting should be based on a peer-reviewed and published study (or studies). Entries based on study summaries or press releases will not be considered.

4. Research information and data must be put into context by, for example:

a. Providing a comparison to other published studies or established knowledge on the subject;
b. Explaining the significance of the study phase, sample size and study duration; and
c. Explaining to whom the study is relevant by carefully defining the study population.

5. The article or broadcast should incorporate first person interview(s) with principal or key investigators or qualified experts on the topic.

6. The article or broadcast should present statistics, percentages and numbers in an informative and understandable manner.

7. The article or broadcast should present or reference resources with varying or contradictory opinions, if possible.

*All entries must be original reporting. The degree to which the above guidelines are met plays a substantial role in the award selection process, although entries are not required to fulfill each of the guidelines to be considered for an award.

Download: nomination form


For queries: contact Rachel Griffith at or 202-496-5001

For submissions: