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Award winning media investigation into medical radiation

the newspaper reported on a fast-evolving medical world in which safety has lagged behind technical innovation. It found that financial incentives have driven the medical radiation boom,…..The award recognized papers that creatively used digital tools in the role of being a community’s watchdog

NY Times’ radiation investigation wins APME award, Google hosted news, (AP) –26 Aug 2010, NEW YORK — An investigation into the dangers of the increasing use of radiation in diagnosing and treating disease earned The New York Times a Public Service Award Wednesday from the Associated Press Managing Editors association.
In a series of stories on the dangers of wayward medical radiation, the newspaper reported on a fast-evolving medical world in which safety has lagged behind technical innovation. 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……

“In a category full of outstanding entries, this was an amazing piece of journalism,” the judges said in making the award to The New York Times for the radiation boom series. “It was well-reported, well-supported, fluidly woven and artfully constructed with dramatic effect.”

“The way this human tale was pieced together from e-mails and other sources that were not subject to a gag order was ingenious, and while there were some in the medical community who cooperated with the newspaper, the secrecy and silence was enormous. But the impact and effect of The Times’ effort, which got regulations changed and led to the protection of patients and consumers, was huge,” they said…..

The award recognized papers that creatively used digital tools in the role of being a community’s watchdog. The Associated Press: NY Times’ radiation investigation wins APME award

August 26, 2010 - Posted by | media, USA | , , ,

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