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Journalism Awards of Excellence for Coverage of Emergency Medicine Issues

WASHINGTON — The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recognizes significant contributions made by members of the news media to cover emergency medicine issues and to educate the public about them. ACEP invites submissions on key issues in emergency medicine in the categories of television (national), television (local), television (cable), newspaper, radio, Internet-based news sites and magazine.  


The Awards of Excellence program is open to all credentialed journalists. There are no entry fees. Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.  ACEP members and chapters are also invited to submit nominations for stories they have seen in their media market. 

Nominations must be for news stories published or aired within the current calendar year.   ACEP is unable to consider submissions created, produced or developed by ACEP Public Relations Committee members. ACEP is able to consider projects that might feature comments, or a profile, or guest appearances made by a Public Relations Committee member as long, as that member has no potential to receive a journalism award for the submission. 


Entries will be judged based on the below criteria by members of ACEP’s Public Relations Committee and approved by ACEP’s national president.


Awards will be given to print and broadcast news stories that provide:

  • Outstanding coverage of an emergency medicine issue.
  • In-depth analysis or investigation that brings clarity to a key emergency medicine issue and educates the public.
  • Significant impact that motivates positive change or breaks a new story that generates widespread coverage.


Although applications will be accepted for any media category, all entries are judged equally and awards may not be given for all categories.  Winners will receive an award and recognition during ACEP’s annual Leadership & Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, Winners will be publicized through a press release, and special letters of congratulation will be mailed to each recipient’s organization.

For instructions on submitting your application, please download the Journalism Awards entry form. Applications that do not meet eligibility requirements or are incomplete will not be judged. 

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.