Media Excellence Award

Established in 1987, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Media Excellence Award is presented to an individual reporter, publication or program for consistent, high-quality nutrition reporting. Recipients of the Media Excellence Award cover current issues and concerns with balance and perspective, are scientifically accurate, regularly cite Academy positions and materials and quote Academy members as experts, present nutrition information creatively and reach a wide audience.

Qualifications

  1. Cover current issues and concerns balance and perspective.
  2. Is scientifically accurate.
  3. Regularly quotes/positions dietetics and nutrition professionals of the Academy as experts.
  4. Has broad audience reach.
  5. Is creative in presentation.
  6. Cites the Academy in web, script, and print usage of Academy materials.
  7. Note: advertising, special advertising sections or advertorials are not eligible for consideration.

Scoring Criteria

  1. Covers current issues and concerns balance and perspective. (15 points)
  2. Scientific accuracy. (20 points)
  3. Regularly quotes/positions Academy members as experts. (20 points)
  4. Audience reach, i.e. circulation. (15 points)
  5. Is creative in presentation. (10 points)
  6. Cites the Academy in web, script and print usage of Academy materials. (20 points)

Past Recipients

1987

Nancy Hellmich
USA Today

1988

Carolyn O'Neil
Cable Network News

1989

Award not given

1990

Carole Sugarman
Washington Post


1991

Steve Pratt
Chicago Tribune

1992

Joe Crea
Orange County Register

1993

Nancy Hellmich
USA Today

1994

Jane Kirby
Glamour Magazine


1995

Donna Boss
Food Management Magazine

Nancy Clark
Sports Medicine Brookline

1996

Suzanne Martinson
Pittsburgh Post - Gazette

1997

Gail K. Zyla
Harvard Health Letter

1998

Elizabeth N. Hiser
EATING WELL Magazine


1999

Marcia L. Mazur
Diabetes Forecast

2000

The Today Show

2001

Susan M. Stephenson
Onsite

2002

Lynn Hoggard
WRAL-TV5 Health Team


2003

Leah McLaughlin
Fitness Magazine

2004

Major Danny Jaghab
Sample the Spectrum Campaign

2005

Lisa M. Drayer
Daybreak and WCBS-TV

2006

Anne M. Fletcher


2007

Kathleen M. Zelman

2008

Cooking Light Magazine

2009

Award not given

2010

Joy Bauer


2011

Elizabeth M. Ward

2012

Bonnie Taub-Dix

2013

Sarah-Jane Bedwell

2014

Janet L. Helm


2015

Janice Newell Bissex
Liz Weiss
Meal Makover Moms

2016

Melissa Joy Dobbins

2017

Regan M. Jones

2018

Toby Amidor


2019

Jim White

2020

Joan Salge Blake

2021

Dawn Jackson Blatner