Baltimore, MD – Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America presented the 2014 Maggie Awards for Media Excellence in 11 categories to journalists, activists, and social media innovators for their exceptional coverage of reproductive rights and women’s health care issues.
The awards luncheon was part of Planned Parenthood’s annual Development Officers Council, which brings together Planned Parenthood affiliate CEOs and Development staff from across the country.
“We are thrilled to honor these brilliant, fearless journalists, doing outstanding work to give millions of Americans a better understanding of sexual and reproductive health,” said Cecile Richards president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “These are the stories that educate and empower us all and we are so proud to recognize their truly inspirational work.”
The Planned Parenthood Maggie Awards recognized three new categories for social media: community activism, social media campaign, and media activism, recognizing digital media frontrunners that are raising awareness and driving traditional media coverage.
"I believe that Planned Parenthood and the reproductive rights movement are natural partners for my community," said Janet Mock, author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness. "I believe that we can advocate for bodily autonomy, for self determination, for reproductive justice for all."
This year, for the first time Planned Parenthood awarded a brand new category for Excellence in Media, which was presented to Cosmopolitan magazine for its comprehensive coverage and discussions of women’s health — both in its print and online editions. Since Joanna Coles became editor-in-chief in 2012 the magazine has increasingly focused on reproductive and sexual health issues.
"We're not much for rules at Cosmopolitan, but we do have two: We will never judge women, and we will always speak up for their rights,” said Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief, Cosmopolitan magazine. “We're honored to have our coverage recognized by Planned Parenthood, a fearless and indispensable ally that we know plays by the same rules."
This year’s Maggie Award winners covered a range of topics, including the ongoing attacks on access to abortion across the country; the HIV epidemic in the Deep South; the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act for women; rape culture; and the importance of creating a safe space for trans voices online.
The 2014 Maggie Award winners are:
The awards were presented by Lola Ogunnaike, the host of Arise Entertainment 360 and a TODAY show contributor. She has also served as a correspondent for CNN’s American Morning and has been a reporter for The New York Times.
You can read more about the Planned Parenthood Maggie Awards on Planned Parenthood’s website. Check back in early 2015 for nomination forms for the 2015 awards.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.