February 3, 2023
NC Well being Information takes house 17 journalism awards

North Carolina Well being Information gained 17 awards Thursday night time in the course of the North Carolina Press Affiliation’s annual awards ceremony, together with third place for common excellence amongst online-only new websites. 4 of the awards have been first-place prizes. 

The entire means NC Well being Information was the most-honored on-line publication within the state. 

The Press Affiliation honored work revealed from Oct. 1, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2022. The 2021 ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic.

This 12 months, there have been greater than 4,200 entries submitted by greater than 125 newspapers and information organizations for the editorial and promoting contest. NC Well being Information was judged amongst its friends in online-only information organizations.

“I’m so proud to work with such a gifted and devoted crew,” stated Rose Hoban, NC Well being Information founder and editor. “Each day, they wow me with their smarts and their drive to search out the deeper tales and to inform them effectively.” 

Hoban stated she’s notably enthusiastic about two of the prizes, that are going to reporters who have been interns on the time. 

“The well being reporting corps has been hollowed out by layoffs and buyouts over the previous 15 years,” Hoban added. “We see it as a part of our mission to coach the subsequent technology of well being reporters.”

Winner Mariama Jallow, an intern within the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022,  is now pursuing a grasp’s diploma on the Columbia Journalism Faculty in New York Metropolis, whereas Chiung-Wei Huang, who labored with NC Well being Information whereas ending her doctorate in analytical chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill,  just lately accomplished her reporting fellowship with the American Affiliation for the Development of Science on the Information & Observer.

Since 2014, the variety of on-line information organizations has grown. NC Well being Information — began in 2012 — was one of many first publications within the NC Press Affiliation’s on-line class.

The NC Well being Information crew gained first place for training reporting with 4 tales about how COVID-19 created studying gaps and challenges for academics, dad and mom and college students. The tales have been written by Anne Blythe, former intern Chiung-Wei Huang, Taylor Knopf and Melba Newsome.

Greg Barnes gained two first-place awards, one in the very best ledes class and one other within the information enterprise class for tales on environmental justice. His successful tales are a couple of Greensboro park constructed on high of a landfill and environmental racism, veterans petitioning for a well being registry for Camp Lejeune poisonous water victims, and a federal court docket ruling buoying the hopes of largely Black low-income neighbors of Smithfield Meals hog farms who’ve been battling the business large for years about how they handle their waste. His successful ledes have been from the identical three tales.

Anne Blythe gained first place for beat characteristic reporting with a few oral well being tales, one concerning the jaw-clenching 12 months that dentists handled in 2020 and one other about teledentistry changing into authorized in North Carolina.

The crew gained eight second-place awards.

Anne Blythe, Rose Hoban and Shelbi Polk gained second place in Basic Information Reporting for a collection of posts from Coronavirus Immediately. The crew produced greater than 150 of the tales, a product developed to maintain readers up to date on briefings by the governor, the secretary of the state Division of Well being and Human Providers and others with key particulars about North Carolina’s response to the SARS CoV2 pandemic. 

Former NC Well being Information Report for America corps member Hannah Critchfield gained two second- place awards, one for election and political reporting on voting in jails. You’ll be able to revisit her jail tales right here and right here. She additionally gained second place with Rose Hoban for beat characteristic reporting for tales dissecting the abortion debate in North Carolina.

Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven gained second place for greatest ledes. You’ll be able to reread them right here, right here and right here.

Former Wake Forest College intern Mariama Jallow gained second place for profile options along with her story about Muhammad Siddiqui, who survived 9/11 however couldn’t beat COVID-19.

Melba Newsome’s tales about industrial animal farming in jap North Carolina and subsequent authorized battles gained second place in information characteristic writing.

Taylor Knopf gained two second-place prizes. Her intensive reporting on individuals in psychological well being crises searching for assist and ending up in handcuffs was acknowledged within the investigative reporting class. You’ll be able to revisit her award-winning articles right here. Within the arts and leisure class, she was awarded a prize for a narrative on the therapeutic energy of artwork in psychological well being restoration.

Moreover, Taylor Knopf gained third place in beat information reporting for 3 tales monitoring the growing position of fentanyl in overdose deaths. You will discover them right here, right here and right here.

The NC Well being Information crew gained 4 third locations general.

Rose Hoban gained third place for ledes you will discover right here, right here and right here.

Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven gained third place in beat characteristic reporting for tales on the precipitous climb in drug overdoses in North Carolina and the nation in the course of the pandemic and obstacles to therapy.

The NC Well being Information’ new on-line interview collection, Well being Care Half Hour, gained third place within the multimedia tasks class.

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