GW Nursing Journalism Award



Nurses are underrepresented as expert sources in the media. The Woodhull Study on Nursing and the Media: Health Care’s Invisible Partner, published in 1998, found that nurses were identified as sources in only 4 percent of quotes or other sourcing in health news stories and were never cited in health news stories on policy. Twenty years later, the Woodhull Study Revisited: Nurses’ Representation in Health News Media 20 Years Later found that representation of nurses in the media has not improved. Even though nurses were ranked the most-trusted profession in the United States for the 20th year by Gallup’s 2019 poll assessing ethics and honesty, journalists are not familiar with nurses’ responsibilities and how nurses might be able to contribute to their stories.

The GW Nursing Journalism Award hopes to encourage and recognize the journalists who are helping to move the needle when it comes to nurses’ representation in health news and media. It recognizes excellence in health care and health policy reporting for journalists using nurses as key sources.

Nominations are judged by an independent panel of GW School of Nursing faculty members and current and/or former journalists. The awardee will receive a plaque in acknowledgment of this award and has an option to work with the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement to publicize the article.


  • Articles must have been originally published between Jan 1, 2019-June 30, 2019.
  • Entries will be accepted from newspapers, magazines, independent news sites, and other general circulation print and digital media sources.
  • An entry can be either a series or an individual piece of work.
  • Articles must use one or more nurses as primary sources and produce insights into health care policy.


  • The submission items needed to consider a publication for the award are:
    • (1) article link
    • (2) reasons for nomination
  • Please send your nominating materials to [email protected].
  • Entry is free.
  • Key Dates
    • June 12, 2019 – Program opens for nominations
    • August 15, 2019 – Nomination Deadline
    • September 16, 2019 – Awardee announced

Selection Criteria

  • Quality use of nursing sources
  • Insights generated by the reporting
  • Impact on health care policy
  • Quality of reporting


The panel of judges for this award cycle come from diverse fields of expertise, including journalism, nursing, business, and policy. 

Theresa Brown works as a clinical nurse. She is a New York Times bestselling author for her book, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives. She is also a contributor to the New York Times,, NPR, and other media outlets.

Michelle Faust Raghavan is a journalist who produces stories in print, radio, and television. She is passionate about public media and currently works as a reporter and producer specializing in health care policy at 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio. 

Jessica Johnson Papaspyridis is CEO of Newswise, the world’s first technology-driven news distribution service. Newswise supplies critical breaking news in an easily digestible format to journalists, institutions of higher learning, research organizations, and individual consumers around the world.

David Keepnews is a professor of nursing and health policy faculty at GW Nursing and Director of Fellowships for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice. 

Richard Ricciardi is a professor and health policy faculty at GW Nursing and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. He is a clinical nurse and president-elect for Sigma Theta Tau International.

Sherrie Flynt Wallington is a professor at GW Nursing and a researcher with a focus on health communication, social determinants of health, and community-based participatory research strategies. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications and serves as a scientific grant reviewer.

Y. Tony Yang is a professor and health services and policy researcher at GW Nursing and the Milken Institute School of Public Health. He is also the Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. His authored work has appeared in leading medical, health policy and services, public health, and health law journals. 


If you have any questions about the award, including the criteria, nomination and selection process, or deadline, please contact Haley Stepp at [email protected].