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American Heart Association Announces Call for Entries for Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award

Saturday, September 19, 2009 General News J E 4
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The American Heart Association announces the call for entries for the 2009 Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award, the association's highest honor for health and science reporting.

The award was established in 2000, to recognize and honor the career achievements of science, health and medical journalists who have documented the considerable progress made in the fight against heart disease and stroke. This career achievement award was created in memory of Howard L. Lewis, who led the Association's national science and media relation's office for two decades.

Recipients are chosen independently by a panel of their peers, all past winners of the award. The judging panel reserves the right to not present an award should entries not meet the standards for career achievement.

All U.S. local and national health, medical and science journalists from print, broadcast and online media are eligible. Entrants can be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague.

Each award recipient receives a $2,000 honorarium and a citation. The honorarium will be presented during a reception at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2009, November 16, in Orlando, Fla.. Airfare and one night's lodging for Scientific Sessions are also available to the recipients.

The postmark deadline for entries is September 4. For more information and detailed entry criteria and materials, log on to the AHA Newsroom or contact Cathy Lewis at (214) 706-1324 or cathy.lewis@heart.org.

Call for Entries:

American Heart Association

Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award

What is this award?

In 2000, the American Heart Association established the Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award to recognize and honor the career achievements of science, health and medical journalists who have documented the considerable progress made in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

This career achievement award was created in memory of Howard L. Lewis, who led the Association's national science and media relation's office for two decades.

Recipients are chosen independently by a panel of their peers, all past winners of the award. The judging panel reserves the right to not present an award should entries not meet the standards for career achievement.

Who is eligible to enter?

All U.S. local and national health, medical and science journalists from print, broadcast and online media are eligible. Entrants can be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague.

What will the award winners receive?

Each award recipient receives a $2,000 honorarium and a citation. The honorarium will be presented during a reception at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2009, November 16, in Orlando, Florida. Airfare and one night's lodging for Scientific Sessions are also available to the recipients.

Is entering the contest a conflict of interest for journalists?

The nonprofit American Heart Association, like many news outlets that cover health news, aims to provide the public with the most reliable, up-to-date information about heart health and cardiovascular disease, the nation's No. 1 killer. Science and medical journalists who cover news from the Association's journals and annual meetings are covering news of research at institutions across the nation and around the world. The Association is not the focus of that news, but serves as a vehicle to make the information available to health care practitioners and the public. In addition, the Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award is judged independently, by entrants' journalistic peers, without input from the Association.

Rules and entry information:

The deadline for entries is September 4. For more information and detailed entry criteria, log on to the AHA Newsroom or contact Cathy Lewis: (214) 706-1324 or cathy.lewis@heart.org.

CONTACT: Cathy Lewis of the American Heart Association, +1-214-706-1324

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 15/

SOURCE American Heart Association
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