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Congratulations to This Year's Writing Award Winners!

from ASJA

This year, the ASJA Awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year, are being presented online. One category will be reported each day for 23 days on ASJA’s website, ASJA’s Facebook page, on Twitter @ASJAhq, and on Instagram @ASJAhq, giving members more time to read each piece and give it social media love. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries and congratulations to the winners! Today, we post more winners here.

First Person Essays “When Measles Arrives: Breaking Down the Anatomy of Containment,” by Apoorva Mandavilli in Spectrum
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Truly excellent reporting and graceful writing combine in this timely story about being prepared for epidemics. Mandavilli delves into the shortcomings and vulnerabilities in our government public health agencies and the critical importance of rapid response.

Honorable mention — “Our Skulls Are Out Evolving Us and That Could Mean A Public Health Crisis” by Katherine Lewis, in onezero.medium.com
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This thoughtful, thought-provoking article approaches #MeToo-related concerns from a unique perspective: Jennifer Fink sensitively but honestly shares an experience from her own son’s life to shed light on why the attitude that “boys will be boys” can no longer be tolerated at any age.

How-to Articles “How to Teach Consent to Boys — Without Shaming Them," by Jennifer Fink in YourTeenMag.com .
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This thoughtful, thought-provoking article approaches #MeToo-related concerns from a unique perspective: Jennifer Fink sensitively but honestly shares an experience from her own son’s life to shed light on why the attitude that “boys will be boys” can no longer be tolerated at any age.

Honorable mention — "How to Bullyproof Your Child," by Estelle Erasmus in The New York Times
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Using what happened to her child and herself many years before, Erasmus finds a method that not only disarms bullies but helps children become independent thinkers, capable of tackling problems by themselves.

The June Roth Memorial Award for an Outstanding Medical Article“Bite Marks,” by Bobbi Dempsey in Harper’s Magazine
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Each praised the taut, powerful writing; the strong use of pertinent data to advance the narrative; and the importance of covering a widespread and largely overlooked problem in America. more


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