Health Journalism 2014, the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, will take place in Denver next year, AHCJ has announced.
The conference, which has drawn between 600 and 800 attendees in each of the past three years, will take place March 27-30, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The hotel is located just a block from Denver’s popular 16th Street pedestrian mall and features views of the vibrant downtown and the majestic Rocky Mountains.
A local planning committee is being formed by co-chairs Michael Booth ofThe Denver Post and Eric Whitney of Colorado Public Radio. It will be made up of area journalists from print, broadcast and online outlets.
“The local journalists will provide some guidance on local and regional issues, as well as help pinpoint area experts worth including,” said Len Bruzzese, AHCJ executive director.
Bruzzese is lining up local hosts and sponsors, to be announced later.
“This will be AHCJ’s first conference in the Mountain West and we couldn’t think of a more important site than Denver,” Bruzzese said.
AHCJ’s 2013 conference, in March in Boston, included dozens of news-making sessions and educational workshops, and set a record for attendance. More than 750 people registered for Boston.
AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,400 members across the United States and around the globe, 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 provide training, resources and a professional home for journalists. Its offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.