Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting

Applications for the 2017 Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting will open on January 18.

The National Press Foundation has established a  journalism award to honor excellence in mental health reporting. The award, which carries a $10,000 prize, is called the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting, in memory of the Potomac, Maryland philanthropist and activist. Mattingly’s family decided to establish the award in the aftermath of her tragic death in 2014.

The award is open to any U.S.-based journalist at a U.S.-based new organization, including print, broadcast and online journalists. The award recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the understanding of mental health issues and treatments for the illness.

Rosalind Adams of BuzzFeed News was the winner of the 2016 Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting.

Judges for the award, which is sponsored by the National Press Foundation, selected Adams for a painstakingly-reported investigation of private psychiatric hospitals titled “Intake.”

The judges said: “Adams’ dogged reporting showed that a major for-profit company, which runs 200 psychiatric hospitals, was keeping patients locked up for their insurance money. Her investigation is compelling, chilling and even scary. It is accountability journalism at its best, and government officials are now demanding answers from the company.”

Honorable mentions went to The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team for “The Desperate and the Dead”  and the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for “Dying for Help.”