MORE Awards

The Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Awards — created by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) — recognizes and honors efforts by journalists that further the public’s understanding of musculoskeletal health issues and encourages healthy behaviors in the care of bones and joints.


MORE Awards will be given to media across six categories:

  • National Print Journalism
  • Local Print Journalism
  • National Broadcast Journalism
  • Local Broadcast Journalism
  • Web-specific Journalism
  • Advocacy Journalism

* The Advocacy category will accept entries that recognize excellence in reporting musculoskeletal health programs at the federal, state and local levels as well as emphasizing the importance of research funding for the advancement of orthopaedics.

Entry Deadline

The 2014 call for entries is closed. We will begin accepting entries for the 2015 MORE Awards in June. 

To qualify for a MORE Award all entrants must be journalists or freelance writers/editors/producers in either print, broadcast or online journalism. 

*All entries must be written for a CONSUMER audience.

All entries should be submitted online, but if you have trouble with the entry process, please contact Kelly King at

Judging Criteria and Timing

Each entry for the MORE Awards will be evaluated by a panel of orthopaedic surgeons based on the following criteria:

  • Accurately report on new trends, procedures, technologies or news as they relate to orthopaedics or the musculoskeletal system – bones and joints;
  • Medical and technical accuracy and completeness;
  • Clarity and style; and
  • Original and creative concept
If, in the opinion of the judges, an entry is submitted in the wrong category, the AAOS reserves the right to transfer the submission to another more appropriate category.


Awards Presentation

The 2015 MORE Awards winners will be notified in January. Winners will receive their award at the Academy’s National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, in April 2015.

Watch last year’s Awards ceremony featuring media from USA Today, Huffington Post, Ladies Home Journal, Sports Illustrated and so many other distinguished journalists:

View the stories of 2013 MORE Award winners.

Retention of Entries

All entries become the property of AAOS and will not be returned.


Contact Kelly King at 847-384-4033 or email

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