GW Nursing Journalism Award

The GW Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement would like to solicit nominations for the inaugural GW Nursing Journalism Award. NOMINATE TODAY!


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


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