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KERA's 'The Broken Hip' Series Wins National Online Journalism Award

Ryan Tainter
KERA has won a national journalism award for The Broken Hip, a series about hip fractures.

KERA has won a national journalism award for The Broken Hip, a series about hip fractures.

The KERA News staff won a 2015 Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association in Los Angeles Saturday night. The Broken Hip won in the Topical Reporting category.

The Broken Hip includes radio reports, videos and graphics. An interactive graphic shows how to make a bedroom fall-proof, highlighting various parts of the room, from lighting to chairs to closets.

Videos feature several people profiled in the series as they share their experiences in their own words.

Graphics show the evolution of hip replacement – from ivory and plaster of Paris in the 1890s to today’s hip resurfacing.

The judges noted The Broken Hip “featured strong reporting and video, focused on a demographic that’s often overlooked in media, providing valuable and practical takeaways for readers through the use of compelling graphics.”

Explore The Broken Hip online.

About The Broken Hip

When an older person falls and breaks a hip, it’s a moment that changes everything. Not just for patients, but for their families, too.

Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. One of every five people who breaks a hip after age 50 dies within a year.

For those who survive, it means a big life change. It may mean leaving the home they’ve known for decades and moving into a nursing home or an assisted living facility. It may mean a role reversal: a parent who cared for children for so many years now is the one who needs help. It means tough conversations between patients and their families. It can also bring onfinancial challenges.

But there is hope. There’s new researchhappening in Dallas-Fort Worth focusing on preventing falls and recovering from fractured hips faster.

The Broken Hip explores the stories of North Texans and their families who have experienced this dramatic life change.

KERA's Lauren Silverman reported the stories; Dane Walters was the videographer; Ryan Tainter created graphics; Eric Aasen edited the digital series; Jeff Whittington was the executive producer. 

Other Texas winners include The Texas Tribune, The Texas Observer and the Austin American-Statesman. Otherpublic media winners include NPR, Frontline, KPCC in Southern California, and KBIA in Missouri. 

Other awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association recently honored The Broken Hip with a regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news series.

At the annual convention of the Public Radio News Directors Inc., The Broken Hip was awarded second place for best series among large public radio stations across the country.

Read about KERA’s other recent awards here.