Annual Writing Awards
American Society of Journalists and Authors Announces Winners of 2010 Writing Awards
New York, NY – The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) announced the recipients of its annual writing awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the prior calendar year.
“The publishing world may be changing, but we all still recognize and honor the first-rate writing and honest, accurate reporting exemplified in these awards. Once again, it’s a pleasure for ASJA to foster the very best in nonfiction writing, as we have for more than 60 years,” says Salley Shannon, ASJA president.
The awards will be presented on April 23, 2010 during the 39th Annual ASJA Writers Conference, which is being held in New York City, April 23-25. ASJA is the professional association of independent nonfiction writers. Founded in 1948, its more than 1300 members have each met exacting standards of professional achievement.
2010 Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our annual writing awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the last calendar year. “The publishing world may be changing, but we all still recognize and honor the first-rate writing and honest, accurate reporting exemplified in these awards. Once again, it’s a pleasure for ASJA to foster the very best in nonfiction writing, as we have for more than 60 years,” says Salley Shannon, ASJA president.
ARTICLE AWARD WINNERS
June Roth Award for Medical Journalism
Winner: “What’s Wrong with Cancer Tests?” by Shannon Brownlees (Reader’s Digest) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “Going After Las Vegas’ Medical Mafia” by Katherine Eban (Fortune) Article PDF
Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism
Winner: “Bad Bargain” by Katherine Eban (Self) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “A Wing and a Prayer” by Linda Marsa (Discover) Article PDF
Arlene Award – Articles that Make a Difference
Honorable Mention: “When the Fine Print Applies to You” by Abby Ellin (New York Times) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “In Africa, Justice for ‘Bush Wives'” by Jina Moore (Christian Science Monitor) Article PDF Article on CS Monitor
First Person Narrative
Winner: “Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35” by Michelle Nijhuis (High Country News) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “No Small Mercy” by Jina Moore (The Walrus) Article PDF
Winner: “Iowa Black Dirt” by Perry Glasser (Good Men Foundation Project) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “The Other Love of His Life” by Amy Paturel (Newsweek) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “The Childhood She Couldn’t Remember” by Beatriz Terrazas (More) Article PDF
Reporting on a Significant Topic
Winner: “Shots in the Dark” by Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer (The Atlantic Monthly) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “Cook Vs. Peary” by Bruce Henderson (Smithsonian) Article PDF
Winner: “Lost in Migration” by Mary Wiltenburg (Christian Science Monitor) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “Elegy to a Scholar” by Todd Pitock (Midstream) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “Man with a Mallet” by Steven Beschloss (American Way) Article PDF
Winner: “What’s Old is New Again (Benjamin Button)” by Barbara Robertson (Computer Graphics World) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “How Facebook and Twitter are Changing Data Privacy” by Michael Fitzgerald (CIO) Article PDF
Winner: “Is Your Doctor Out of Date?” by Meryl Davids (Reader’s Digest) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: For Goodness’ Sake” by Kim Pittaway (More) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “Thirteen Symptoms You Should Never Ignore” by Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Glamour) Article PDF
Winner: “No Price. No Menu. No Waste.” by Jennifer Margulis (More) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “An Old World Finds a New Path” by Todd Pitock (Afar) Article PDF
Winner: “Born Again” by Timothy Gower (Proto) Article PDF
Honorable Mention: “How Innovations from Developing Countries Trickle Up” by Michael Fitzgerald (Fast Company) Article PDF
BOOK AWARD WINNERS
Arlene: Books that Make A Difference
Winner: If I am Missing or Dead by Janine Latus (Simon & Schuster)
Winner: Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Erin Torneo (St. Martin’s Press)
Honorable Mention: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living by Trish Riley (Alpha/Penguin Books)
Winner: You’d Be So Pretty If. . . by Dara Chadwick (De Capo Press)
General Nonfiction Book
Winner: Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg by Andrea Warren (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Honorable Mention: American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture by Mary Collins (Capital Books, Inc.)
Honorable Mention: The Alzheimer’s Project: Momentum in Science by Susan Golant (Public Affairs)
Winner: My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson by Jessica DuLong (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)
Honorable Mention: The Coolest Race on Earth by John Hanc (Chicago Review Press)
Founders’ Award for Career Achievement
Winner: Sally Wendkos Olds
The ASJA Founders’ Award for Career Achievement is presented to Sally Wendkos Olds, who has written extensively about intimate relationships, personal growth and developmental issues throughout the life cycle, and has won national awards for both her book and magazine writing. In addition to her newest book, Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids, she is the author or coauthor of seven other books for general readers, three college textbooks, and more than 200 articles in major national magazines.
Olds’s first book, The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, first published in 1972 and now in press for its fourth edition (Workman Publishing, July 2010), has become a classic. She is also the coauthor of three college textbooks, on psychology and child and adult development, which have gone into more than 20 editions and have been translated into several languages.
She is a former president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and has also served the Society in many other capacities – as Program Chair, Conference Co-chair, and chair of various ASJA committees. She is currently a member of the First Amendment Committee.