Journalism professor wins 2016 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence Award

IUPUI journalism professor Chris Lamb, Ph.D., has received a 2016 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) for an Indianapolis Star column he wrote called “Epidemic of injuries hits young athletes”. Lamb wrote the article in conjunction with an on-campus roundtable discussion he organized in March 2015 about the increase in injuries among teenaged athletes.

According to the AAOS, the MORE Awards honor media efforts that further public understanding of musculoskeletal health-related issues and encourage healthy behaviors in the care of bones, joints, muscles and tendons.

Lamb will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May.

“I’m thrilled that my column was recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,” Lamb said. “When I became a journalism professor, I didn’t want to quit being a journalist. So this award obviously means a lot to me.”

The column can be viewed on the Indianapolis Star website.

“Chris Lamb’s focus on injuries in youth sports is a perfect example of a faculty member combining outreach to the community with journalistic and academic work,” says Jonas Bjork, chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. “To me, that’s the hallmark of a leading educator in our field.”

Lamb, a professor at IUPUI since January 2013, teaches several journalism classes, including Introduction to Sports Journalism and Feature Writing. He is the author or editor of eight books, including From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line, which was published in early January. He is currently at work on his ninth book, Turning the Other Cheek: The Faith of Jackie Robinson (April 2017). He has written more than 200 articles and columns for publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated.