NEWS: "No Small Thing" Lyme series wins journalism award
The Poughkeepsie Journal’s Mary Beth Pfeiffer has won the Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting.
In August 2012, New York state’s Poughkeepsie Journal began an on-going series of articles about Lyme disease called “No Small Thing.”
Pfeiffer delved into such complex and controversial topics as how Lyme disease cases are officially counted (and NOT counted); how difficult it is for Lyme patients to get properly diagnosed and effectively treated; how some doctors who treat Lyme disease are being targeted by medical authorities; how and why testing for Lyme disease is so problematic; how and why medical guidelines regarding Lyme treatment are profoundly flawed; how tick-borne Babesiosis (which can accompany Lyme and complicate its treatment) endangers the nation’s blood supply.
In addition to a series of eight long, meticulously detailed articles, the Poughkeepsie Journal’s website also provides video excerpts of interviews, photos and graphic illustrations, and external links for more information.
The Sigma Delta Chi awards are given by the Society of Professional Journalists to recognize excellence in journalism.