The latest report on AHCJ members’ awards, fellowships, job changes and other news includes Alicia F. Ault, Eileen Beal, Sheri Fink, Kenny Goldberg, Markian Hawryluk, Sandra Jordan, Bridget M. Kuehn, Meryl Lin McKean, Ivan Oransky, Paul Raeburn, Gabriel Sanchez, Fred Schulte, Gary Schwitzer, Liz Seegert, Karl Stark, Stephanie Stephens and Marijke Vroomen Durning. Continue reading
Soaring drug prices that make even copays unaffordable for many, an unchecked rise in robotic surgery, financial abuse revealed using previously secret Medicare data, and the health ramifications of the boom in hydraulic fracturing for oil were among the top winners of this year’s Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
Awards also went to articles that examined the “collateral damage” of urban violence, followed a team of doctors and scientists fighting Ebola, and exposed the growing number of unregulated diagnostic tests that can lead to patient harm.
Read the full announcement and see the winning entries. Congratulations to all of the winners!
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
The latest report on AHCJ members’ awards, fellowships, job changes and other news includes Christie Aschwanden, Jennifer Boen, Karen Brown, Pieter Droppert, Ellen Durckel Vestewig, Pamela Fayerman, Nancy Finn, Kristin Gourlay, Tara Haelle, Harriet Hodgson, Naseem Miller, Crissinda Ponder, Maria Ortiz Briones, Joe Rojas-Burke, Liz Seegert and Emily Willingham. Continue reading
The latest AHCJ members making news include Loren Bonner, Pamela Brewer, Katy Butler, Joe Carlson, Phil Cauthon, Catherine Dold, Robert A. Duke, Nancy B. Finn, Stephanie M. Lee, Laura Putre, Liz Seegert and Eric Whitney. See more about them here:
Loren Bonner is now a reporter for the publications of the American Pharmacists Association, including Pharmacy Today and pharmacist.com. Her last position was with DOTmed News as online editor.
Katy Butler‘s award-winning 2013 examination of American end-of-life health care, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death,” was named a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction.
Joe Carlson (@_JoeCarlson) is covering medical technology, including Medtronic and medtech devicemakers, for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Carlson was previously with Modern Healthcare.
Phil Cauthon is director of communications for the Sunflower Foundation.
The second edition of “The Recovery Book,” by Al J. Mooney, III, M.D., Howard Eisenberg and Catherine Dold, has been released. It is about what to expect when in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Robert A. Duke was appointed health care columnist for Whatcom Watch, a monthly online and print newspaper in Bellingham, Wash. Duke’s column is titled “Whatcom: Chronic & Acute” and it covers health care reform and practice in Whatcom County, 90 miles north of Seattle.
The updated 2014 edition of Nancy B. Finn’s book, “e-Patients Live Longer, The Complete Guide to Managing Health Care Using Technology,” includes a simple update on the meaningful use statute and a comprehensive chapter that helps patients understand the Affordable Care Act.
Stephanie M. Lee was named a finalist in journalism in the 2014 PEN Center USA Literary Awards for a long-form piece about surrogacy in India.
Kimberly Leonard (@leonardkl), previously a producer for health rankings at U.S. News & World Report, has been promoted to the news desk as health care reporter.
McGraw-Hill Education has published the 11th edition of “Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications,” by Ricki Lewis, Ph.D.
Laura Putre won a gold award for feature writing from the Association of Healthcare Publication Editors and a Bronze Award from the Association of Business Publication Editors for her 2013 series “Generations in the Healthcare Workplace” in H&HN Magazine.
Liz Seegert, a freelance journalist and AHCJ’s topic leader on aging, has been selected as a Journalist in Aging Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America and New America Media. She will attend the annual GSA Meeting in November and will work on a multi-part radio series on ethnic and cultural responses to aging and caregiving.
Eric Whitney is news director at Montana Public Radio, based in Missoula. He was a Colorado-based independent journalist doing work for NPR, Kaiser Health News and other outlets.
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The latest AHCJ members in the news are Gerri Constant, Mari Edlin, John Gever, Rachel Gurevich, Janice Lynch Schuster, Eric T. Rosenthal and Saerom Yoo. See the latest about them:
Gerri Constant (@GerriShaftel) is the medical/special projects producer for CBS-2/KCAL-Los Angeles. She won a 2014 Los Angeles Area Emmy Award (Outstanding Medical Story-Multi-Part) for “Heroes of Children’s Hospital,” a compilation of profiles of exceptional patients. She also has started a two-year term on the Board of Governors for The Television Academy.
Mari Edlin, a freelance journalist/writer since 1988, is the editor of two new publications— Healthcare Innovation News and Population Health News — in addition to her contributions to national health care magazines and California Healthline.
John Gever (@JohnGeverMPT) has beenpromoted to managing editor at MedPage Today.
Janice Lynch Schuster (@) is freelancing full time and working on a book with a pediatric oncologist and pain expert.
Eric T. Rosenthal has joined MedPage Today as special correspondent covering issues and controversies in oncology. He had been special correspondent for Oncology Times.
An investigation that found criminals running diet supplement companies, a series revealing the failure of hospitals to provide life-saving newborn screening tests and an examination of efforts to prevent childhood deaths in Africa and Asia were among the top winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
First-place awards also went to articles that looked at the potential dangers of acetaminophen, the reasons behind a high suicide rate in Montana and what happens to veterans who lose their health benefits when they are discharged for minor offenses.
Join AHCJ in congratulating members John Fauber, Rhiannon Meyers, Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur for their recent accomplishments.
Read on for details about their work and honors. Continue reading
Constance Alexander’s spoken opera, “The Way Home,” is featured in “Scenes from the Common Wealth: Short Plays & Monologues by Kentucky Women.” Focused on end-of-life issues, “The Way Home” was inspired by a series of interviews Alexander conducted in conjunction with a documentary series she produced for WKMS-FM, with accompanying articles in the Murray (Ky.) Ledger & Times, where she is a freelance columnist.
“A Crack in the Pavement,” a novel by Georgie Binks, has been published by Goodweather Publishing Inc. The book, partly based on a true story, addresses what some women have experienced after having prenatal genetic testing and deciding to terminate their pregnancies. Binks is an award-winning journalist in Toronto.
Dan DeNoon, formerly of WebMD and the Harvard Heart Letter, has joined the press office at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta.
USA Today reporter Peter Eisler, with Alison Young and John Hillkirk, won the online category of the National Academy of Sciences Communications Award for the series “Ghost Factories,” an investigation into abandoned lead factories.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s John Fauber and independent journalist Joanne Silberner, a former National Public Radio correspondent, will share the 2013 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. Fauber is recognized for his “relentless and exemplary investigative reporting on conflicts of interest in medicine and industry,” which has been a frequent Covering Health topic. Silberner is recognized for her coverage of “neglected diseases in developing countries, as well as her outstanding coverage of health policy at NPR.”
Silberner, with David Baron, also won the radio/TV/film category of the National Academy of Sciences Communications Award for a series of radio and web stories about cancer in developing countries that appeared on PRI’s “The World.” She also shared the “Best Cancer Reporter Award for 2013” from the European School of Oncology with Tiffany O’Callaghan, opinion editor with the UK’s New Scientist magazine. The award also was for covering the growing crisis of cancer in developing countries.
I-News Network senior reporter Kevin Vaughan has joined Fox Sports 1 as a full-time enterprise-investigative reporter. He will remain in Denver, where he formerly worked for The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News.
How does one report a story that has real impact? Ten of the first-place winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism shared their tips during a panel at Health Journalism 2013. Among the highlights:
Request patient records
Janet Adamy of The Wall Street Journal, along with Tom McGinty, won first place in the health policy category (large) for “The Crushing Cost of Care” – their story chronicling the life and death of Scott Crawford, a 41-year-old heart transplant patient who racked up one of the country’s highest Medicare bills. Adamy said most hospitals have a form on their website that patients can sign to request their medical records. Continue reading