Category Archives: Health journalism

Welcome these new AHCJ members

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.

Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Erika Check Hayden, senior reporter, Nature, San Francisco
  • Cathyrn Domrose, staff writer, Nurse.com, San Francisco
  • Sarah Jacoby, associate editor, health and sciences, Refinery29, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Sarah Peyton, student, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
  • Tina Rosenberg, co-writer, Fixes column, The New York Times, New York (@tirosenberg)
  • Julie Steenhuysen, correspondent, Reuters, Chicago

If you haven’t joined yet, see what member benefits you’re missing out on: Access to more than 50 journals and databases, tip sheets and articles from your colleagues on how they’ve reported stories, conferences, workshops, online training, reporting guides and more. Join AHCJ today to get a wealth of support and tools to help you.

Shared wisdom: Shooting video of older adults

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 social media efforts of AHCJ and assists with the editing and production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Sue Scheible

Sue Scheible

Sometimes all we need is a quick suggestion from our peers to zero in on a good story. In the “Shared Wisdom” section of our core topic areas, we turn to front-line journalists for advice, some simple insight to add to our repository.

Today’s addition is from Sue Scheible of the Patriot Ledger in Massachusetts. Scheible (@sues_ledger) has been a staff reporter at the paper for 46 years and has a weekly column on aging. She offers some tips on filming video of older adults and why video can be so powerful. In one recent video that Scheible shot, an 85-year-old woman explained what she’s learned about talking to doctors.

See what wisdom Scheible offers fellow journalists.

#JeSuisCharlie

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.

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AHCJ joins more than 40 other journalism groups representing tens of thousands of journalists in saying #JeSuisCharlie.

 

Powerful Alzheimer’s narrative nets radio documentary award

Liz Seegert

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in Kaiser Health News, The Atlantic.com, New America Media, AARP.com, Practical Diabetology, Home Care Technology report and on HealthStyles Radio (WBAI-FM, NYC). She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, NYC, and a co-produces HealthStyles for WBAI-FM/Pacifica Radio.

When done well, there may be no better medium for storytelling than radio. When vivid narrative is paired powerful audio, “There’s something about sound that puts our imaginations to work, making us more active participants in the story we’re hearing,” as journalism professor Casey Frechette wrote recently.

A 25-minute radio documentary,  “Living well with dementia – a personal journey” from journalist Pieter Droppert provides a vivid example of radio’s power for storytelling. The piece won first prize for Best Radio Documentary in the 2014 UK Broadcast Journalism Training Council student journalism awards.

Alzheimer's Walk 2013, Atlanta, GA

Image by Susumu Komatsu via flickr.

We are introduced to Droppert’s mother, Audrey, whose disease has progressed to the stage where she no longer recognizes him. We also meet Tommy Dunne, who talks about life with early-onset dementia, and hear from experts who are working to increase awareness of this devastating disease and improve quality of life for those requiring nursing home care.

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Contest entries provide insights, education into reporting

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 social media efforts of AHCJ and assists with the editing and production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

One of the most inspiring parts of my job comes every spring: That’s when I get to see the winning entries in the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

Often they are pieces I’ve seen over the previous year – many of which I’ve blogged or tweeted about or we’ve had the reporters write about their work for us. But there are always a few surprises that I had missed when they were published or aired.

Andrew Holtz, a health news veteran and longtime contest judge, has had the same experience. “Like most AHCJ members, I follow health news closely. Still, several of the entries surprised me. Not only were they delightful pieces of journalism, they revealed stories I hadn’t known,” Holtz said in an email. Continue reading

New funding will allow HealthNewsReview.org to resume, expand

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 social media efforts of AHCJ and assists with the editing and production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Gary Schwitzer

Gary Schwitzer

AHCJ member Gary Schwitzer has announced that the website he publishes, HealthNewsReview.org, has received a two-year grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

The site, known for its systematic reviews and ratings of news stories about health care, had been funded since 2005 by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation but lost its funding July 1, 2013. Continue reading

D.C. journalists gather for annual holiday celebration

Phil Galewitz

About Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz, a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, helps lead AHCJ's Washington, D.C., chapter.

In  one of the best attended D.C. chapter events, nearly 50 health journalists, along with several industry and government officials, gathered at The Watergate in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4 to toast the holiday season.

The National Journal and its health reporters,  Sophie Novack and Sam Baker, hosted the event at their offices overlooking The Kennedy Center. Journalists from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Kaiser Health News, The Huffington Post and U.S. News & World Reports were among those in attendance.

Senior communications officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The White House , PhRma and the National Pharmaceutical Council gathered at the chapter event which featured beer from Belgium and the greater Washington, D.C., area. There was no formal program. The event allowed journalists to network with one another and industry and government officials.

In sad, compelling stories, journalists are documenting a mental health care system in crisis

Joseph Burns

About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at joseph@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Jan Bommes via Flickr

Photo: Jan Bommes via Flickr

Imagine the outcry if patients with cancer or any other chronic condition lacked standard, appropriate care. Such ill treatment would not be tolerated.

Yet the U.S. health care system routinely fails to provide basic care to Americans with mental illness, says Patrick J. Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island and co-founder of One Mind, an organization seeking new treatments for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain.

For a series of articles in USA Today, Liz Szabo quoted Kennedy on mental health care in America: “The failure to provide treatment and supportive services to people with mental illness – both in the community and in hospitals – has overburdened emergency rooms, crowded state and local jails and left untreated patients to fend for themselves on city streets.”

The burden of inadequate mental health care falls on individuals and families, but also on emergency rooms, hospitals, jails and other institutions, making this topic well worth the rich and deep coverage Szabo and other journalists have committed to it. Such coverage is important, as reporters have found in Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, and it can be rewarding because it forces journalists to confront and explain some most challenging health care issues in our society. Continue reading

Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

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.

Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Yngrid Fuentes, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Noelia Gonzalez, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, Calif. (@noeliagmo)
  • Stacey Naggiar, associate producer, NBC News, New York (@sjnaggiar)
  • Naomi Nishihara, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, Calif. (@ncnishihara)
  • Brian Rinker, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, San Francisco, (@_thebrink)
  • Leah Rose, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, San Francisco (@leahrosita)
  • Anne Saker, staff writer, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati (@apsaker)
  • Gabriel Sanchez, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, Calif. (@gabejsanchez)
  • Pallavi Somusetty, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Oakland, Calif. (@chandifilms)
  • Daniel Steiner, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, San Francisco, (@hararuk)
  • Mara Van Ells, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Vanessa Walker, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Vallejo, Calif. (@vaneswalker)
  • Nicole West, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, Calif. (@nicole_west)

If you haven’t joined yet, see what member benefits you’re missing out on: Access to more than 50 journals and databases, tip sheets and articles from your colleagues on how they’ve reported stories, conferences, workshops, online training, reporting guides and more. Join AHCJ today to get a wealth of support and tools to help you.

Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

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.

Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Kristen Harris, student, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
  • Amy Umble, health care reporter, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. (@aumble)
  • Beth E. Kutscher, reporter, Modern Healthcare, Brentwood, Tenn. (@mhbkutscher)
  • Denise Morris, reporter, San Angelo Standard-Times, San Angelo, Texas
  • Jayne E. O’Donnell, reporter, USA Today, McLean, Va. (@jayneodonnell)
  • Ryan White, contributing editor for content, ReportingOnHealth.org, Los Angeles

If you haven’t joined yet, see what member benefits you’re missing out on: Access to more than 50 journals and databases, tip sheets and articles from your colleagues on how they’ve reported stories, conferences, workshops, online training, reporting guides and more. Join AHCJ today to get a wealth of support and tools to help you.