2018 Skin Cancer Foundation Media Award

The Skin Cancer Foundation Media Award recognizes excellence in print, online and broadcast journalism that addresses skin cancer prevention, early detection and/or treatment.

The 2018 winner was announced at The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Champions for Change Gala held October 25 at The Plaza in New York City. O, The Oprah Magazine won for the article, “Save Our Skin” by Deborah Douglas. The award was accepted by the O Beauty Director, Brian Underwood.

Dr. Maritza Perez (right) and April Franzino present the 2018 Skin Cancer Foundation Media Award to Brian Underwood.

The 2018 Media Award entries were evaluated by Skin Cancer Foundation Senior Vice Presidents Ronald L. Moy, MD and Maritza I. Perez, MD as well as Skin Cancer Foundation editorial staff members. The entries were judged based on proficiency in writing, medical accuracy, the use of compelling visuals and how well social media efforts were used to further the article’s message. The award was presented by Dr. Perez and Gala committee member April Franzino filling in for Dr. Moy, who could not attend the event.

Entries were narrowed down to three finalists who were invited to attend the Gala. In addition to the award and certificate of recognition, all finalists and the winner received a specially designed emblem graphic for use in-book, on-air, online and in any related PR and marketing initiatives.

The 2018 finalists

  • Women’s Health for “Deserted” written by Melinda Wenner Moyer
  • O, The Oprah Magazine for “Save Our Skin” written by Deborah Douglas
  • WRDW-TV for “Spot Stops Stranger” by Liz Owens


Previous winners of The Skin Cancer Foundation Media Award

2017: Cosmopolitan, “I’m a Derm —and I Got Skin Cancer.”

2016: Allure, “Harsh Light”

2015: Vogue, “Ban de Soleil”

2014: Glamour, “The Five Skin Cancer Mistakes We All Make”

2013: Prevention, “The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Skin Care” and Women’s Health, “Tanning Beds Might as Well be Coffins”

The Skin Cancer Foundation will begin accepting submissions for the 2019 Media Award next summer. For more information, please contact Ali Venosa at avenosa@skincancer.org.