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Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is now accepting nominations for the 2010 PPFA Maggie Awards for Media Excellence.

The awards recognize exceptional contributions by journalists in print, online, and broadcast media that enhance the public's understanding of reproductive rights and health care issues, including contraception, sex education, teen pregnancy, abortion, and international family planning.

Planned Parenthood is delighted to acknowledge the tremendous impact that members of the media have on our ability to educate the public about health care issues. We celebrate those who have furthered the public discourse through their courageous coverage of issues like teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Named after Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, the annual awards cover the following categories: broadcast media, radio, newspaper, and magazine.  Entries are judged by professionals from the communications field and experts in family planning and reproductive health. Judges consider creativity, quality, relevance and effectiveness, as well as cultural diversity.

Nominations for the 2010 PPFA Maggie Awards — for work appearing in 2009 — should be submitted by April 14, 2010, along with a completed nomination form. The nomination form and other information about submitting a nomination can be found on the PPFA website here.

Maggie Awards will be presented to winners in media categories during the PPFA Organizing and Policy Summit in Washington, DC, in July 2010. Recipients of the 2009 PPFA Maggie Awards were

  • The American Prospect, “America’s AIDS Apartheid” by Kai Wright. Ann Friedman, Editor
  • Glamour, “It’s Your Turn to Talk to McCain and Obama” by Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief; Jill Herzig, Executive Editor; Linda Kramer Jenning, Washington, DC, Editor; Ellen Kampinsky, News Director; and Geraldine Sealey, Editor
  • The New Republic, “Life Sentence,” an article debunking the notion that John McCain is a women’s health moderate by Sarah Blustain. Esther Kaplan, Investigative Fund Editor, and Peter Scoblic, Editor
  • Amanda Robb for her article “Leslee Unruh’s Facts of Life,” published in More, a profile of an anti-choice ideologue
  • Fiorella Valdesolo for her article “Freedom From Choice,” published in Nylon, highlighting television’s unrealistic portrayals of abortion
  • Jennifer Wolff Perrine for her article “When There is No Good Choice,” published in SELF, discussing the personal, medical and legal issues surrounding second- and third-trimester abortion
  • Deborah Kotz, for her extensive work in U.S. News & World Report on reproductive health, pregnancy, sex education, and preventive care


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May 14, 2014