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11 journalists from the Mid-Atlantic region chosen for fellowship

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The Association of Health Care Journalists has named the 2017-18 class of the Regional Health Journalism Fellowship, an annual fellowship program for reporters and editors across the United States.

The program, which changes regions each year, will focus this year on journalists from the Mid-Atlantic region, namely Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Read on to see who the fellows are and how to follow them on Twitter.

Journalists learn the latest on covering health of rural communities

Jeff Porter

About Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the special projects director for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.

AHCJ’s Rural Health Journalism Workshop brought journalists from across the United States to Cincinnati to hear from experts who focus on the health challenges facing the nation’s 46 million rural residents.

Almost 60 attendees of the ninth annual workshop gained a better understanding of what’s happening – or will be happening – in rural regions, and journalists returned to work with dozens of story ideas. Continue reading

New AHCJ board to be seated July 1

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Marlene Harris-Taylor

Marlene Harris-Taylor, a reporter and producer for WVIZ/PBS Ideastream, will join the board of directors for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She and incumbents Jeanne Erdmann, a Missouri-based freelancer; Felice Freyer, The Boston Globe; Gideon Gil, Stat; Maryn McKenna, an Atlanta-based freelancer; and Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer; will start two-year terms on July 1.

The six join the board members elected in last year’s voting: Julie Appleby, M.P.H., of Kaiser Health News; Scott Hensley, of NPR; Tony Leys, of the Des Moines Register; Ivan Oransky, M.D., of New York University and Retraction Watch; Sabriya Rice, of The Dallas Morning News; and Charlotte Sutton, of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Read more about Harris-Taylor and AHCJ.

Helmsley Charitable Trust backs better health journalism with $1.3 million grant

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the educational arm of the Association of Health Care Journalists, has been awarded a grant of nearly $1.3 million to provide educational opportunities and resources for journalists on health care issues that result in more knowledgeable reporters and better, more trustworthy, stories for the public.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust made the three-year grant of $1,291,452 to the Missouri-based center to boost the competency of the U.S. health journalist corps and to increase the number of other journalists capable of tackling stories that serve the general public in producing accurate and actionable information.

“We continue to see a hunger within the journalism world for focused career development, topical education and skills training that will lead to stronger stories and meaningful impact,” said Len Bruzzese, executive director of AHCJ. “The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s continued generous support recognizes how important it is to reward that desire to be better, to make a difference – now more than ever.”

The funding will support work in three general areas: conferences/workshops, fellowship programs and web resources.

Read more about the specific projects that will be supported.

Get involved: Run for a seat on AHCJ’s board of directors

Len Bruzzese

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and serves on the executive committee of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.

Photo: Pia ChristensenAHCJ board members Sabriya Rice, Gideon Gil and Tony Leys prepare to address the membership meeting at Health Journalism 2017.

Each year, members in AHCJ’s professional category elect members for the association board of directors. (Associate and allied members cannot run for election or cast ballots.)

Six of the 12 director positions come up for election each year for two-year terms. Incumbent board members are allowed to run for re-election. Continue reading