KERA has won a national journalism award for The Broken Hip, a series about hip fractures.
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 on financial challenges.
But there is hope. There’s new research happening 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. Other public media winners include NPR, Frontline, KPCC in Southern California, and KBIA in Missouri.
Read about KERA’s other recent awards here.