Is anyone there?
  1. So. Most of you know that I'm a reporter. I cover healthcare at a site called TheStreet.
  2. I wrote a story that published on Aug. 10 about the Mylan EpiPen scandal.
    It was about how expensive EpiPens are and how Mylan is using them to bolster revenue.
  3. I had found this story because I have food allergies. I was looking at some food allergy forums I am a part of and saw that a lot of people were complaining. Then I dug through SEC filings and reached out to analysts and Mylan itself.
  4. Not much happened when my story published. I was excited about it but moved on.
  5. Then, SEVEN DAYS LATER some dude at NBC writes a story with more of a consumer focus.
    See above.
  6. The whole thing began snowballing. I covered Mylan as each small news story developed, even small staff changes that other sources didn't pick up.
  7. Today, the Association of Healthcare Journalists announced the winners of its 2016 awards.
    You have to submit your story to the awards to win.
  8. This reporter from NBC got first place in the Business category for his EpiPen story.
    He said he found the information for it "on Reddit"
  9. The award said he "broke" a story I published seven days earlier.
  10. I didn't submit my story because it wasn't some big investigative piece. It was important, I knew I broke it but I let it go.
  11. Let this be a lesson to you, on two fronts.
  12. Being a part of a small newsroom is tough. Big players have far more resources and clout.
  13. And sometimes, even if you're young or new, you have to put yourself out there. I should have applied for the award. I didn't. I should have taken more credit for breaking the story. But I didn't.
  14. UGH