Journalism Award for Excellence in Women's Health Reporting



    OTTAWA, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Society of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation
for Women's Health (CFWH), has announced the launch of the 2008 SOGC/CFWH
Award for Excellence in Reproductive Health Journalism. This award, consisting
of a $1,000 cash prize per print and broadcast category, recognizes
journalists who have excelled in communicating information on reproductive
health issues to the public. To be eligible, publications or broadcasts must
have appeared in a Canadian consumer newspaper, magazine or broadcast report
in Canada from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
    Accurate, responsible and insightful reporting helps women to make good
choices about their health care and their lifestyle. The SOGC and the CFWH
established this award to highlight journalism's valuable service to the
public. "The role of mass media is instrumental in modern health care.
Canadians increasingly receive important public health information while
driving to work, watching the evening news or reading the newspaper. Ensuring
this information is accurate, well-founded and up-to-date is essential and we
want to recognize journalists who do the job well," said Dr. Guylaine
Lefebvre, President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of
Canada.
    Submitted articles and reports will be judged by a panel of reproductive
health experts and media professionals. Evaluation is based on the overall
merit of the entry, with an emphasis on the clarity of the message; the
quality and accuracy of statements; the ability to reflect health issues in an
original, creative and engaging manner; and the benefit to the Canadian
public.
    The winners will be notified by May 1st, 2008. Recipients will be
honoured at a ceremony that will be held during the SOGC Annual Clinical
Meeting in Calgary, Alberta in June 2008.
    Information on the selection criteria and submission process are
available at www.sogc.org (Media Centre). The submission deadline is
March 3rd, 2008.

    About the CFWH:

    At the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health, we are working to create a
future in which women everywhere can lead healthy lives. We support programs
to provide women in low-resource countries with the basic necessities to
simply survive childbirth. And, with the support and generosity of individual
donors and corporate partners, we are funding some of the most innovative
women's health research to benefit all women.

    About the SOGC:

    The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is one
of Canada's oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the
Society's mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and
gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy,
collaboration, outreach and education. The SOGC represents
obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives and allied
health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health. For
more information, visit www.sogc.org

    The distribution of this media release is courtesy of CNW Group
    www.newswire.ca




For further information:

For further information: Geneviève St-Gelais, Coordinator,
Communications and Public Education, (800) 561-2416 or (613) 730-4192
extension: 329, Fax: (613) 730-4314, gstgelais@sogc.com, www.sogc.org

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