The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) announced that the Globe health staff received first place in its public health category for the paper’s coverage of the national fungal meningitis outbreak, traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy last year. The award recognized the work of reporters Carolyn Y. Johnson, Liz Kowalczyk, Kay Lazar, Todd Wallack and Patricia Wen.
Reporters Kay Lazar and Matt Carroll also won third place in the AHCJ consumer/feature reporting category for their investigative series that revealed nursing homes across the country are misusing antipsychotic medications to treat residents with dementia and other unwarranted conditions. Carolyn Y. Johnson also received an honorable mention for her science beat reporting. They will all be honored at the Health Journalism 2013 conference in Boston on March 16.
On the business front, reporter Casey Ross won two awards – in both the Features and Investigative categories – from the prestigious Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his coverage of recovering addicts from the Victory Outreach Church, who worked long hours on major hotel renovation projects for little to no pay. The contractor who is allegedly responsible is now under investigation by labor officials.
The Boston Globe also won its first silver medal in the coverage category of the Society for News Design’s Best of Digital Design Competition for its “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope” series. Judges recognized the videos, data pieces and dot-density maps as “interesting and aesthetically pleasing.”
WHO: Boston Globe journalists are available for interviews to discuss their reporting and design work.