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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Announces Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award Winners

Media competition honors journalists for orthopaedic-related coverage

ROSEMONT, Ill., May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has announced the winners of its 2009 MORE Award competition. This is the program's fourth year and honors media efforts that further public understanding of musculoskeletal health-related issues and encourage healthy behaviors in the care of bones, joints, muscles and tendons. This distinguished group of journalists will receive the awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., held in conjunction with the Academy's National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, on Friday, May 1, 2009.

"Educating patients and the public is an important element to the Academy's mission and the MORE Awards are designed to recognize journalists whose work helps accomplish this," explained Academy president Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD. "The MORE Awards were created to identify members of the media who - by virtue of their talent to ask the right questions and connect all the answers in a concise educational story - place musculoskeletal-related issues and orthopaedic advancements in the spotlight."

The 2009 winners represent print, broadcast, and online outlets and include health and medical writers, producers and reporters. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of orthopaedic surgeons. Each submission was evaluated for its overall quality, accuracy, and success in promoting greater awareness of musculoskeletal health issues as well as the field of orthopaedics. The 2009 MORE Awards winners by category are:

Consumer Print Journalism: National Newspaper

  • Phil Galewitz, Freelance Writer for USA Today - "It's All Downhill for Fit Skiers"

Consumer Print Journalism: National Magazine

  • Patty Hagen, Freelance Writer for Saturday Evening Post - "Thawing Out Frozen Shoulder"
  • Robert Langreth, Forbes - "Back Pain: What Works."
  • Paul Scott, Freelance Writer for Men's Health Magazine - "You're Sitting on a Time Bomb"
  • Cassandra Willyard, Nature Medicine Magazine - "A Sporting Chance"

Consumer Print Journalism: Local Magazine

  • Toni Rocha, Freelance Writer for Northwest Quarterly Magazine- "Life and Limb Decisions: The How, When and Why of Joint Replacement Surgery"

Consumer Print Journalism: Internet

  • Serena Gordon, - "Scoliosis: An Unnatural Curve"
  • Katherine Hobson, U.S. News and World - "Runners, Listen to Your Knees"

Consumer Print Journalism: Local Newspaper

  • Carol Ann Campbell, New Jersey Star Ledger - "Saving the Knees and the Careers of Female Athletes"
  • Alexa James, New York Times Herald-Record - "The Wounds of War: Battle Injuries Bring Medical Advances to Everyone"

Consumer Print Journalism: Advocacy

  • Walter Eisner, - "Avoiding the Perp Walk, or How to Keep the Justice Department from Knocking on Your Door"

Broadcast Journalism: National Radio

  • Richard Gonzales, NPR Radio - "Father Enlists to Honor Fallen Son"

Broadcast Journalism: National Television

  • Robert Bazell and Kevin Monahan, NBC NEWS - "Wounds of War"

Broadcast Journalism: Local Television

  • Karen Meyer, WLS-TV, Chicago, IL - "eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art"
  • Sara Morawski and Frank McGeorge, WDIV-TV, Detroit, MI - "Weak in the Knees: Preventing and Treating the ACL"
  • Sharon Navratil and John Fowler, KTVU-TV, Oakland, CA - "Female Knee"

The MORE Award competition is open to all journalists, freelance writers and editors in print, broadcast or online media. For information on how to enter the 2010 MORE Awards go to for updated details in late May.

SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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