ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 23, 2021)—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Awards. Presented annually to U.S.-based journalists, the MORE Awards acknowledge accurate reporting of musculoskeletal health news topics and celebrate the role media play in accurately educating and informing patients about musculoskeletal health issues, innovative bone and joint treatments, preventative care and patient recovery.
Entries were judged by a panel of orthopaedic surgeons and evaluated for overall quality and medical accuracy. The winners of the 2021 awards include health and medical writers, photographers and freelance reporters from print, broadcast and online media outlets. From heart-warming patient stories to perspectives on orthopaedic innovations and treatment options, the award recipients covered an array of bone and joint-health topics.
“Having trusted sources of information that increase the public’s knowledge of bone and joint conditions and issues that impact patient care is important,” said Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS, AAOS President. "We gratefully acknowledge the media’s commitment to delivering compelling and accurate reporting. The AAOS is honored to sponsor the MORE Awards, a long-standing program that recognizes the positive impact that journalism plays in sharing stories of patients' perseverance and their successes.”
The 2021 MORE Award winners by category are:
- Nancy Maes, Chicago Health Magazine
“Reverse Engineering: Move Over Hip and Knee Replacements, Shoulder Replacements Are Gaining Ground”
- Valerie Nikolas, Chicago Health Magazine
“A Secondary Healthcare Crisis? Backlog of Orthopedic Surgeries Due to Covid-19 May Have Long-Lasting Effects”
- Stephania Bell, reporter, ESPN E:60
Dan Lindberg, producer, ESPN E:60
Andy Tennant, executive producer, ESPN E:60
"Project 11: The Alex Smith Story"
- Amanda Crane, photojournalist, WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Tory Dunnan, anchor and reporter, WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
“An American Doctor Is Performing A Rare Surgery To Help A 9-Year-Old Mongolian Girl Walk”
- Tori Gessner, multi-media journalist, WAVE 3 News (Louisville)
“Louisville Cheerleader Back on The Mat Following Severe Tumbling Injury"
- Amy Kawata, reporter, WJZ-TV (Baltimore)
“'You're Not Alone in The World' Summer Camp Created to Provide Safe Space for Children with Limb Differences Leads to Life-Long Friendships”
- Theresa Schmidt, reporter, KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.)
“Fear Of Falling: A Growing Issue For Baby Boomers”
- Steven Reinberg, HealthDay
“Overweight with Arthritic Knees? You Might Want to Avoid Tennis”
- Stephanie Thurrott, NBC Today
“Trouble with Your Knee? What You Need to Know About Knee Replacement Surgery”
- Zee Krstic, GoodHousekeeping.com
“How to Correct Your Sitting Posture to Help Reduce Body Aches, According to an Orthopedist”
- Jessica Migala, Everyday Health
“7 Things To Know About Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumors”
- Lisa A. Ryan, Idea Stream
“Is Ballet A Sport? Doctors And Dancers Think So”
The AAOS has bestowed more than 300 MORE Awards since the program’s inception in 2006. For more information and entry guidelines, visit newsroom.aaos.org.
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With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level to best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.
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