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2013 class of AHCJ-National Library of Medicine fellows chosen Date: 08/22/13

Aug. 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBIA, MO. – Eight 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:

  • Betsy Agnvall, features editor, AARP Bulletin

  • Kristine Crane, science & health writer, The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun

  • Robert Fulton, independent journalist, Los Angeles

  • Christine Gorman, senior editor, Scientific American

  • Elizabeth Landau, writer/producer, CNN.com

  • Valerie Lego, health reporter, WZZM-Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • Robert Lott, editor of special content, Health Affairs

  • Kerry Sheridan, health and science writer, Agence France-Presse

AHCJ-NLM FellowshipsTheir visit to the NIH campus, scheduled for Sept. 15-19, 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 diverse group of journalists, representing all mediums, has shown a great interest in adding new tools to their professional arsenals," said AHCJ Executive Director Len Bruzzese.

“The AHCJ-NLM program has a great track record of tapping into the expertise on the NIH campus and finding experts excited to share these resources.”

AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,400 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.