Linda Ron SaraKay
The New Social Worker was the winner for Best Magazine and Best Magazine Article in last year's (2013) NASW Media Awards. Shown are THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER publisher/editor Linda Grobman, PA NASW Executive Director Ron Simon, and SaraKay Smullens, who wrote the award-winning article on burnout and self care in the social work profession.
Earlier this month, the National Association of Social Workers announced winners of the 2014 NASW Media Awards. The recipients include documentary filmmakers, television producers, bloggers, newspaper reporters, columnists, and other media professionals who helped spotlight social work services and critical social issues in 2013.
“Our Social Work Month theme was ‘All People Matter,’ and the winners of this year’s media award certainly reflect that,” NASW CEO, Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, said. “The award recipients, through their work in print, TV, blogs, and other media, demonstrated to the public some of the many ways social workers help people overcome life’s challenges and succeed.”
Social workers and the public nominated newspaper articles, newspaper columns, magazines and/or magazine stories, websites, blogs, radio segments, television news programs, fictional television programs, reality television programs, commercial films, and documentaries for the awards program. More than 1,350 people visited the website SocialWorkersSpeak.org - an NASW site that tracks how social workers are portrayed in the media - to cast their votes for 47 nominees.
The winners are:
PBS “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” This documentary follows the career of Civil Rights leader and social work pioneer Whitney M. Young, Jr., who was former president of the National Association of Social Workers and executive director of the National Urban League. The film, by his niece Bonnie Boswell, looks at the major contributions Young made toward improving the rights of African Americans that are almost forgotten today.
Daily KOS (Madrigal Maniac): “Social Workers Deserve More”
This post from an Ohio social worker discussed the high stress and low salaries of the profession and argued that social workers deserve better compensation. And the expected rising demand for social workers gives members of the profession an edge to demand higher salaries.
WRKO AM Boston, Right Turn Radio: This talk show, co-hosted by social worker Abby Dean, LICSW, MPH, attempts to put a more human face on addictions. In 2013, Right Turn Radio featured segments on how marijuana affects teens and on veterans and mental health and addiction.
Best Newspaper Article:
The New York Times, “Overcoming Addiction, Professor Tackles Perils American Indians Face” by Alan Schwarz: Social work professor David Patterson is part Cherokee and faced many problems facing Native Americans, such as alcoholism, addiction, and depression. Schwarz reported on how, after reconnecting with his ancestry and getting counseling, Patterson recovered and devoted himself to social work and researching ways to address social and mental health issues affecting Native Americans.
Best TV Program/News:
HBO, Real Time With Bill Maher, Episode #1108 (Transcript): Renowned social worker and economist Jared Bernstein told Maher that economists should work as social workers before proposing cuts in social support programs that could hurt the poor, children, and the elderly.
Best TV Show:
ABC Family, The Fosters, ABC Family: Actor Geoffrey Rivas portrayed “Bill,” a social worker who worked with a lesbian couple who adopted and fostered children.
Best Magazine and/or Magazine Article:
Parade Magazine, “A Grief That Won’t Heal,” By Gretchen Reynolds. About one out of 10 people experience a form of grief so deep it does not go away and can even worsen. This is called complicated grief. Kathleen Shear, director of the Center for Complicated Grief at the Columbia School of Social Work, talked to reporter Reynolds about a therapy regime developed at the school that helps clients overcome such profound grief.
The New York Times, “The Untold Story of Military Sexual Assault,” by Michael Matthews: Matthews was raped when he was a young serviceman in the Air Force but never reported the incident. The trauma affected him, resulting in multiple suicide attempts. Matthews wrote about how a social worker helped him deal with the trauma and begin the journey to healing.
Social Justice Solutions: A social worker conceived and operated organization born out of the Stony Brook School of Social Welfare’s commitment to active participation in creating a socially just world.
Best Trade Publication:
Social Work Today Magazine: This magazine covers a variety of issues important to the social work profession, including articles in 2013 on the growing use of hospice care, adoption competency in clinical social work, and living with co-occurring disorders.