Main Line Health Hosts Inaugural Science Journalism Competition

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This past spring, Main Line Health welcomed students from six area high schools to their Annenberg/Philadelphia Inquirer Journalism Competition kickoff event. The competition, which was held in conjunction with the health system’s Ninth Annual Annenberg High School Science Symposium, was developed for high schools that were already participating in the annual Symposium. 

As part of the competition, one or two student journalists representing each high school’s newspaper were invited to create an article intended for publication in their respective school newspaper that focused on their school’s participation in the Annenberg High School Science Symposium. Entries were judged based on readability, message and quality. 

Guest judge, Don Sapatkin, Public Health Reporter and Deputy Health & Science Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, said that “Every story reflected a strong effort and made for good reading. [The winning stories] captivated me. They drew me in from the first sentence and kept me engaged all the way through.”

Congratulations to the award winners:
1st place (tie): 
• Julie Bevilacqua (Merion Mercy Academy) for her article “Bacteria: A Walking, Talking Ecosystem
• Soumya Venkateswaran and Ushoshi Mookerjee (Garnet Valley High School) for their article “Virus of the Mind: Hallucinations
3rd place:
• Chris Stein (Episcopal Academy) for his article “Episcopal Students Study Epigenetics

The annual Annenberg Science Symposium, created by Barry Mann, M.D., MLH chief academic officer, Main Line Health, brings students together to challenge them to conduct an exploration of medical and scientific concepts.

In photo: Don Sapatkin meets with Journalism Competition participants at Lankenau Medical Center to share journalism tips, industry insight and to answer questions about working as a reporter for a national news source. 

About MLH

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20 percent of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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