Up to 15 journalists will be selected to spend four days on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to increase their understanding of and ability to report accurately on complex scientific findings, provide insight into the work of cancer researchers and to better localize cancer-related stories.
More than 100 people, including about 50 health journalists, turned out on June 2 for the AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter rooftop happy hours with senior communications staff from more than a dozen health organizations.
It was the third annual event held at the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop overlooking the White House. Continue reading
Several professional category members of AHCJ have announced their candidacy for the organization’s board of directors.
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.
The deadline to declare candidacy for the board is noon (Central time) on June 3. Information about running for the board and instructions on how to do so is available here.
Health journalists seeking information from government agencies often encounter obstacles, especially at the federal level, according to AHCJ’s recent survey. The biggest roadblocks involve delays, bureaucracy, scripted replies, and barriers to interviews, survey respondents said.
Three-quarters said it is difficult to get the information they need from the federal government, and two-thirds reported difficulty getting adequate responses from state government. Continue reading
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. Continue reading