Mental Health America to Present
16 Journalists with Awards for Excellence in Coverage, Portrayals of Mental Health Issues
Contact: Steve Vetzner, (703) 797-2588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 11, 2010) - Mental Health America tomorrow will honor journalists, producers and writers for outstanding coverage and portrayals of mental health issues during the previous year at a Media Awards luncheon being held during its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
"The Media Awards bring together the very best mental health stories in print and broadcast media during 2008," said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America "Informative and thought-provoking journalism is a powerful form of education and we applaud these journalists for helping shape public understanding of these critical issues."
A volunteer judging panel of media professionals selected the winning entries for their educational value, outstanding quality, comprehensiveness and creativity in addressing timely issues in mental health. Members of this year's panel were: Beryl Bendery, Sciencecareers.org; Mark Benjamin, salon.com; Donya Currie, freelance journalist, Steve Luxenberg, The Washington Post; and Chip Reid, CBS News.
The 2010 Media Awards will be presented to 16 media professionals at a luncheon on Saturday during the closing day of Mental Health America's 2010 Annual Conference. Below are the winners for each category and title and link to their entry.
Public Affairs: Fred Friendly Seminars/Richard Kilberg, Executive Producer; PBS
Student Journalism: Sophia-Virgen Nuñez Weaver; Represent, Youth Communication
National Radio: Joseph Shapiro; National Public Radio
National Magazines: Sharon Anne Waldrop; esperanza
National Magazines: Lynn Harris; Glamour
Live Your Life Well: Marguerite Lamb; REDBOOK
Local Television: Kurt Rivera; KBAK/KBFX-TV (Bakersfield, CA)
Local/Regional Magazines: Amy Silverman; Phoenix New Times
Newspapers with a Circulation Above 100,000: Joanna Connors; The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
Investigative Reporting: David Jackson and Gary Marx; The Chicago Tribune
Local/Regional Website: Alex Parker; Chi-Town Daily News
National Website: Danielle Ivory; The Huffington Post Investigative Fund
Blog: Christine Stapleton; PsychCentral.com
National Television: Josh Rushing, Jeremy Young, Hanaan Sarhan; Al Jazeera English- Fault Lines
Documentary: Deborah J. Schull; In Collaboration with WHUT-TV
Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With a century of service and our more than 300 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis.