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2011 class of AHCJ-National Library of Medicine fellows chosen Date: 08/29/11

Aug. 29, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBIA, MO. – Six journalists have been named to this year's class of AHCJ-National Library of Medicine fellows. The fellowship program was created to increase reporters' access and understanding of the considerable resources available at NLM and the National Institutes of Health.

The journalists chosen to take part this year are:

  • Chelsea Conaboy, health reporter, The Boston Globe
  •  Tim Darragh, senior writer, The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call
  •  Jason Kane, reporter/producer – health unit, PBS NewsHour
  •  Janice Lloyd, health and behavior reporter, USA Today
  •  Elizabeth Simpson, health reporter, The Virginian-Pilot
  •  Thomas Watkins, news editor, CNN

AHCJ-NLM FellowshipsTheir visit to the NIH campus, scheduled for Oct. 2-6, will include hands-on workshops about how to use and get the most from several government research databases, such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov and ToxNet. Fellows also will meet with senior NLM and NIH researchers and officials for exclusive informational sessions.

The fellows were selected from dozens of qualified applicants.

"This is a great class of fellows interested in putting some new resources to use in their news reports," said AHCJ Executive Director Len Bruzzese. "And, because of our past fellowships, the professionals at the Library of Medicine are excited to share these tools with journalists."

AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,100 members, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.