Category Archives: Health journalism

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.

Students find new angles to cover at free dental clinic

Mary Otto

About Mary Otto

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health, curating related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on oral health resources at mary@healthjournalism.org.

Julie Drizin

Julie Drizin

The Journalism Center on Children & Families, formerly the Casey Journalism Center, is scheduled to close at the end of the year. Over the past 20 years, JCCF, based at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, has worked to help reporters do a better job of telling the stories of vulnerable people.

Now funding is running out, as JCCF’s director Julie Drizin explained in her announcement: “The College has concluded that this Center is not sustainable in the current economic climate.”

The center has offered grants, fellowships and other resources that have resulted in deeper coverage of health, justice and economic issues as they relate to children and families. In keeping with the center’s mission, Drizin has taught an undergraduate class at the college of journalism. Recently, she gathered a team of student reporters to cover a free two-day dental clinic sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity.

The student’s coverage of the 100-chair clinic resulted in a compelling assortment of stories that are packaged together on the JCCF website as part of the “On The Beat” feature. One of the most striking aspects of the students’ reporting is the variety of angles they managed to find while all covering the same event – angles that professional journalists might find useful.

In this Q&A for AHCJ, Drizin offers insights into how, as a teacher, she turned this free dental clinic into a window on the human condition for her class. She reflects upon the tradition of advocacy journalism. And she shares the best piece of advice she offered to her students as they headed out to cover the event.

Five journalists receive 2015 Health Care Performance fellowships

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.

AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance The Association of Health Care Journalists has awarded five journalists AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance for work to be completed in 2015. The program, in its fifth year, is meant to help journalists understand and report on the performance of local health care markets and the U.S. health system as a whole.

The fellowship program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, is intended to give experienced print, broadcast and online reporters an opportunity to concentrate on the performance of health care systems – or significant parts of those systems – locally, regionally or nationally. The fellows are able to examine policies, practices and outcomes, as well as the roles of various stakeholders.

The 2015 fellows will be:

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Journalist offered money to cover Alzheimer’s briefing

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.

A representative of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, which treats and researches Alzheimer’s disease, has issued invitations to cover an hour-long briefing hosted by its principal scientist.

Image by Logan Campbell via flickr.

Image by Logan Campbell via flickr.

The lure?

“Participants will receive $100 for their commitment to write about the impact of Alzheimer’s and what readers can do to help combat the disease.”

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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.

  • Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Mo. (@JacquiB)
  • Carey Head, lifestyles editor, Ponca City News, Ponca City, Okla.
  • KW Hillis, staff/health writer, The Lawton Constitution, Lawton, Okla.
  • Jessica Mador, reporter/producer, BringMeTheNews, Minneapolis (@jessicamador)
  • Amanda Keener, independent journalist, Greensboro, N.C. (@immYOUnology)
  • Soo Rin Kim, student, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
  • Nell Lake, independent journalist, Northampton, Mass. (@Nell_Lake)
  • Shirie Leng, independent journalist, Newton, Mass.
  • Adam Rubenfire, reporter, Modern Healthcare, Chicago (@arubenfire)
  • Paula Santonocito, editor, Medical Office Manager, Rutland, Vt. (@MedOfficeMgr)
  • Kit Stolz, independent journalist, Santa Paula, Calif.
  • Ellen Wichman, health care reporter, Chicago Tribune, Chicago (@ellenjeanhirst)

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

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.

  • Marilyn Chase, lecturer; University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism; San Francisco, (@chasemarilyn)
  • Charles Elmore, reporter, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla. (@Elmorepbp)
  • Benjamin Grove, editor, BringMeTheNews, Minneapolis
  • Audrey McGlinchy, graduate student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y. (@AKMcGlinchy)
  • Crystal Phend, senior news reporter, MedPage Today, Soledad, Calif. (@cphend)
  • Anjula Razdan, senior producer, BringMeTheNews, Minneapolis, (@anjularazdan)
  • Carolyn Worthington, writer/editor, Healthy Aging Magazine, Unionville, Pa.

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.

  • Colin Archdeacon, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Jennifer Lehman, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Astoria, N.Y. (@juniptulip)
  • Cynthia Magnus, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Amy O’Connor, editorial director, Everyday Health, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
  • Jenna O’Donnell, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y. (@jodonn)
  • Rachel Zamzow, graduate research assistant, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. (@RachelZamzow)

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.

  • Allegra Abramo, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Woodside, N.Y.
  • Parker Brown, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Corona, N.Y.
  • Ross Keith, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Jersey City, N.J. (@rhkeith)
  • Andy Marso, writer/editor, Kansas Health Institute News Service, Topeka, Kan. (@andymarso)
  • Steven Miller, managing editor, Nevada Journal, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Kristen Moulton, reporter, The Salt Lake City Tribune, Collinston, Utah (@KristenMoulton)
  • Melisa Stumpf, student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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 have reported stories, conferences, workshops, online training, reporting guides and more. Join AHCJ today to get a wealth of support and tools to help you.

Award-winning journalist honored with scholarship in her name

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.

A new scholarship for students who show promise in medical journalism will honor longtime health journalist Marianne D. Mattera, who died in July.

Most recently, Mattera was managing editor of MedPage Today. The scholarship, for students in New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, will include mentorship from MedPage Today and Everyday Health employees.

“Marianne was a dedicated professional and a mentor to many young journalists entering the field of medical journalism,” said Peggy Peck, vice president and editor in chief of MedPage Today, in a release about the scholarship. “I believe Marianne would be honored by having a scholarship in her name and that through this scholarship our media channels are carrying on a tradition of mentorship that she valued so very much.”

During Mattera’s 30-year career, she won a record 18 Jesse H. Neal Awards from the Association of Business Information and Media Companies. Prior to MedPage Today, Mattera was editor in chief of Medical Economics magazine and editor of RN, a clinical journal for nurses, and edited two books for nurses.

Everyday Health is a digital health and wellness company that owns MedPage Today, which provides peer-reviewed news coverage for health care professionals.

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.

  • Amanda Aronczyk, reporter, WNYC-New York (@aronczyk)
  • Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, independent journalist, Brooklyn, N.Y. (@agataboxe)
  • Amy Hockert, editor in chief, BringMeTheNews, Minneapolis
  • Fejiro Oliver, independent journalist, Uyo, Nigeria (@fejirooliver86)
  • Darius Tahir, reporter, Modern Healthcare, Washington, D.C. (@dariustahir)
  • Emily Weigel, graduate student, Yale School of Nursing, North Bethesda, Md.

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.