American Cancer Society Honors MidWeek for Excellence in Cancer Journalism

The American Cancer Society Hawai‘i Pacific honored Don Chapman, editor-in-chief of MidWeek and writer Chad Pata, as winners of the 2011 High Plains Media Award – “Newspaper-Weekly News” category for the cover story, “Taking the Big Out of the Big C.”

The Society understands the significant role media coverage plays in public beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors related to health. The award was one of 19 given to journalists for their cancer-related news stories within the High Plains Division (Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas). Last year, more than 59 journalists submitted 96 entries into the annual awards program. Submissions included news and feature stories from online, radio, television, newspaper, and magazine journalists.

“MidWeek has demonstrated their commitment to educating the community about the importance of cancer research, early detection, how to get help, and what it feels like to be a cancer survivor,” says Jackie Young, chief staff officer for the Society in Hawai‘i. “We are extremely grateful for their efforts to align with the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.”

To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s High Plains Division Media Awards, visit