That paper was honored yesterday by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making with an award for Excellence in Health Journalism. The Foundation, which presented the award yesterday at its Research and Policy Forum in Washington DC, chose the Milwaukee newspaper because of its consistently high ratings by HealthNewsReview.org- the only organization of its kind in the US that reviews the quality of health news reporting nationwide each day.
"We were very surprised and pleased by this recognition," said Becky Lang, the Journal Sentinel's health and science editor. "In the current media environment of instant Internet coverage and reduced staffing in credible news outlets, the pressure is on for us to keep the standards high. It is even more important than ever for us to provide health stories that are meaningful, accurate, reader friendly and that delve deeper than the surface. We welcome this kind of oversight."
HealthNewsReview.org reviewed a dozen Journal-Sentinel stories and nine of them received high marks with four- or five-star reviews, more than any other newspaper of this size in our experience so far.