New Journalism Award for Mental Health Reporting

Award Established in Memory of Carolyn C. Mattingly


By Sandy K. Johnson

The National Press Foundation has established a new 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.

CarolynMattingly“Mental health is a major concern that is not being given enough attention,” said C. Richard Mattingly, Luv u Project co-founder and president. “With this prize, we hope to help provide the focus that this topic deserves, by rewarding journalists on a level similar to the Pulitzer.”

The award is open to any 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.

Entries are welcome for journalism published between March 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016. The application window opens Jan. 1, 2016; the deadline is March 15, 2016.

The winner will be announced during Mental Health Awareness Month (May).

The Luv u Project is a 501(c) (3) public charity that aspires to set a quantifiable agenda and take responsible actions that advance the understanding of, and treatments for, mental health issues.

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