NYT wins APME award

A New York Times investigative
health piece has won a public
service award for an investigative piece from Associated Press Managing
Editors association (APME).

APME is an association of editors of newspapers served by the Canadian Press in Canada, and AP’s 1,500 member newspapers in the U.S.

Other winners include:

An AP press release says the NWT “reported on a fast-evolving medical world in which safety has lagged behind technical innovation.”

The stories investigated the dangers of radiation, which is increasingly used to diagnose and treat disease. AP writes:

“It found that financial incentives have driven the medical radiation boom, with the average American receiving seven times as much diagnostic radiation in a lifetime as three decades ago. It also found that there are insufficient standards for radiation, and that manufacturers sometimes send products into the market without failsafe devices.”

The Asbury Park Press of Neptune, N.J., won in the 40,000- to 150,000-circulation category for its reporting on the state’s oppressive property tax system. AP writes that “It reported that nearly half of the $47 billion raised to fund government in New Jersey comes from property taxes, a burden unmatched by any other state.”

The Bristol Herald-Courier won the small-circulation category for a series about Virginia’s mismanagement of its natural gas royalties.