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Digital Media Award

The NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence.

Application Information

Winners were announced on April 20th. The next awards application cycle will open in December.

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7th Annual Digital Media Award Process


A $20,000 prize will be presented to the winner.

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Award FAQ


  • Entries must originally have been published in 2020.
  • Entry is limited to digital content produced specifically for an online audience, which may include video, graphics and/or multimedia.
  • Entries should not be largely the same as stories that ran in print publications or that were broadcast on television or radio.
  • Entries must examine issues related to health or the health care system.
  • Entries that express policy preferences will be considered only if supported with citation of empirical evidence.
  • Entries will be accepted from news sites, independent blogs, blogs or verticals associated with newspapers or journals, and blogs associated with universities or other organizations.


  • Deadline Extended: January 22, 2021
  • Entry is free
  • Limit two entries per entrant
  • An entry can be a series of posts as long as the posts are: linked by topic or produced by the same author or by a collaborative team of authors
  • Each entry should include no more than four posts, which may be a sample of a more extensive published series. The judges may review additional posts at their discretion.

Selection Criteria

  • Influential in terms of: 1. sparking policy change, 2. broadly informing the public and/or 3. stimulating conversation on timely issues
  • Effective use of the unique powers and attributes of digital media
  • Logical, clear and insightful analysis
  • Uses credible evidence to substantiate ideas


Julia Belluz

Senior Health Correspondent,

Aaron Carroll

Regenstrief Foundation Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine

Christopher J. Conover

Retired health policy faculty, Duke University; contributor, The Apothecary, Forbes

Michael Millenson

President, Health Quality Advisors LLC; Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; contributor, Forbes & The Health Care Blog, Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter for the Chicago Tribune and blogger

Alan Murray

President & CEO, Fortune

Meredith White

Former Senior Editor, Newsweek; Former Senior Producer and Executive Producer, ABC News; Former Deputy Managing Editor, San Francisco Chronicle