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And the 2015 NASW Media Award Winners Are…

The National Association of Social Workers’ Media Awards recognize media professionals and outlets that help raise awareness about social work and social work issues.

This year about 1,000 social workers and others voted on 46 nominees.

Winners have been notified and will soon receive a formal congratulatory letter and trophy. NASW will also issue a press release on the awards.

Without further ado, the 2015 winners are:

TV News:

Lisa Ling in a scene from "Our America with Lisa Ling: Children of the System."

Lisa Ling in a scene from “Our America with Lisa Ling: Children of the System.”

Our America with Lisa Ling: Children of the System

“Our America with Lisa Ling: Children of the System” on the Oprah Winfrey Network looked at the child welfare and foster care system in Los Angeles and how social workers often must make hard decisions on whether to remove children from homes.

Blog:

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Julie Hanks

Julie Hanks.com

Utah Social worker Julie de Azevedo Hanks’s blog is used to highlight her work in the media, offer tools for therapists building a private practice, and provide expert mental health and relationships advice to the public.

Column:

Robert Reich speaks at NASW's National Conference in 2014.

Robert Reich at NASW National Conference in 2014.

Valuable Workers to Society are Underpaid

In his blog former labor secretary, economist and political commenator Professor Reich regularly extols the virtues of social work. Reich’s blog is also published by the Christian Science Monitor.

Documentary/Film:

Julie Schott, MSW

Tracy Schott, MSW

Finding Jenn’s Voice

This documentary from social worker Tracy Schott, MSW, looks at domestic violence and how women who are pregnant may be especially vulnerable to violence and murder at the hand of their mates.

Lifelines:

Lifelines: Stories from the Human Safety Net was a 2014 media project of the University of Maryland Journalism Center on Children and Families (JCCF) that is supported by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The project allowed professional journalist to use various media – video, cartoons, news articles and audio – to tell stories of how social workers help people from various walks of life and from different parts of the United States to overcome life’s challenges.

The Lifelines Media Award Winner is:

Audrey Quinn

Audrey Quinn

Gay and Gray: Supporting LGBT Seniors

Gay and Gray: Supporting LGBT Seniors: This visual slide show and print article from reporter Audrey Quinn looks at how social worker Bill Mendez helps elderly LGBT people in New York City. Many of these clients are growing old alone and may not be accepted in centers that serve primarily heterosexual elderly clients

Magazine:

Christine Bader

Christine Bader

Is the MSW the New MBA

Fast Company “Is the MSW the New MBA” by Christine Bader looks at how a masters in social work degree can be an asset in the corporate world, especially among companies that are seeking to integrate more with the communities they serve.

Print:

Danielle Paquette

Danielle Paquette

The Surprising Obamacare Experiment that Saved Taxpayers $24 Million Last Year

The Washington Post’s Danielle Paquette ran an interesting piece on “The Surprising Obamacare Experiment that Saved Taxpayers $24 Million Last Year” about how healthcare is more than just medicine. It mentions the role of social workers and others in this integrated, coordinated team approach.

Radio:

Social worker Abby Dean of Right Turn Radio.

Social worker Abby Dean of Right Turn Radio.

Right Turn Radio

Right Turn Radio on WRKO 680 AM in Boston is a radio program hosted by social workers that covers a variety of mental health and social issues, including the state of mental health care in the United States, a woman who slipped back into alcoholism after the birth of her child, and an epidemic of opiate addiction in Vermont.

Trade Press:

Linda May Grobman, publisher of The New Social Workers Magazine.

Linda May Grobman, publisher of The New Social Worker Magazine.

The New Social Worker Magazine

The New Social Worker Magazine website. Linda Grobman and the New Social Worker Magazine help all social workers better their understanding of social work practice. The magazine does this by providing articles from social workers that intend to help improve their skills and practice through lessons learned.

TV Entertainment:

Rosie O'Donnell as social worker Hendricks on ABC Family's "The Fosters."

Rosie O’Donnell as social worker Hendricks on ABC Family’s “The Fosters.”

Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell as adoption and foster care social worker Rita Hendricks in ABC Family’s “The Fosters.”

Don’t forget last year’s winners! And to learn more about the positive contributions social workers make in our society visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” website.

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