01 February 2011

The SOGC/CFWH Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting (Canada)

Post date: 01 February 2011
Deadline: 4 March 2011

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health (CFWH), is calling for submissions for the 2011 SOGC/CFWH Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting. This award, consisting of a $1,000 cash prize per print and broadcast category, recognizes journalists, reporters, and producers who have excelled in communicating information on s3xual and reproductive health issues to the public.

To be eligible, publications or broadcasts must have appeared in a Canadian consumer newspaper, magazine or broadcast report in Canada between 1 January and 31 December 2010.
Reaching the Canadian public at large with relevant and critical health information is a daunting task, particularly for non-profit organizations. This is why the SOGC and CFWH often call upon the media to help convey messages about key developments, issues or opportunities pertaining to women’s health, particularly in the area of obstetrics and gynaecology.

This is why it is so important to recognize those who demonstrate initiative by preparing articles that help advance women’s health in a positive and impactful way. The SOGC and CFWH acknowledge that public awareness, attitudes and behaviours are greatly influenced by the information Canadians receive in the newspapers or magazines they read, the radio stations they listen to, and the television programs they watch. The role of mass media is instrumental in modern health care. “Accurate, timely, and evidence-based information must be made available to women so that they can make well-informed and relevant choices about their health. The media can be a very powerful way to reach out to Canadians. It can help initiate and facilitate conversations about important women’s health issues” said Dr. Ahmed Ezzat, President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Submitted articles and reports will be judged by a panel of women’s health experts and communication professionals. Evaluation is based on the overall merit of the entry, with an emphasis on the following evaluation criteria:

Originality: The article/report was proactive rather than reactive; it is published in advance of, rather than in response to an announcement or someone else’s story.

Creativity: The information is presented in a unique, skillful and imaginative way, with a distinctive approach or angle.

Substance of the story: The depth and quality of the research, consultation process, analysis, and presentation of the information in the article/report.

Interpretation of medical information: The ability of the journalist to present complex information and issues in layman’s terms, without compromising the scientific or professional integrity of the subject matter, and in a way that retains the interest of readers/listeners/viewers.

Quality of writing and presentation: Proper grammatical use, interesting layout of the information, and readability.

Clarity of the message: The purpose of the article/report is clear (e.g. increased awareness, change in perception or attitudes, call-to-action) and the significance of the subject matter for the reader/listener/viewer is apparent

Education benefit to women: Women who read/hear/view the article/report would acquire important information to help them develop informed opinions and/or make informed decisions.

Relevance: The information is pertinent, timely, accurate, and helps address a current issue or opportunity facing or affecting women’s health today.

Effectiveness: The article/report has the potential to catalyze national, regional, local and/or individual health priorities.

The winners will be notified by 2 May 2011. Recipients will be honoured at a ceremony to be held during the SOGC’s Annual Clinical Meeting in Vancouver, British-Columbia, in June 2011.
Please visit www.sogc.org (Media Centre) to access the submission form. The submission deadline is 4 March 2011.

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