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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

On the move: Latest news about AHCJ members

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.

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

Latest awards, fellowships and job changes for AHCJ members

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.

Photo: Brad.K via Flickr

Photo: Brad.K via Flickr

The latest AHCJ members making news include Loren BonnerPamela BrewerKaty ButlerJoe Carlson, Phil Cauthon, Catherine Dold, Robert A. Duke, Nancy B. Finn, Stephanie M. Lee, Laura PutreLiz 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.

Pamela Brewer (@MyNDTALK) has launched a website about her daily podcast on health and relationships.

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.

Are you an AHCJ member with news about your career, such as a new job, fellowship or award? Send details and links to brandi@healthjournalism.org for inclusion in the next member news post.

New jobs, awards and more for AHCJ members

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.

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:


Julie Rybarczyk via Flickr

Julie Rybarczyk via Flickr

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.

Rachel Gurevich (@RachelGurevich) received a 2014 RESOLVE Hope Award for Achievement, recognizing her writing about infertility for About.com.

Janice Lynch Schuster (@jlschuster827) 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.

Saerom Yoo (@syoo) was awarded second place for enterprise reporting from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for her three-part series, “Crimes of Homelessness.”

2013 winners named in top health journalism awards

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.

Tune in for the 2013 winners

See the announcement of the 2013 winners of the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Read more about each winner, including a summary of the entry. AHCJ members can click on the title of the entry to see the questionnaire about how the story was reported.

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.

See the complete list of winners.

AHCJ members win honors for their 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.

AHCJ-logoJoin 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

AHCJ member news: Reporting awards, job changes, new publications

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.

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.

Award winners share their tips for reporting significant stories #ahcj13

Jocelyn Wiener

About Jocelyn Wiener

Jocelyn Wiener is an independent journalist in Oakland, Calif. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-California Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by The California HealthCare Foundation.

Alison Young was among the first-place award winners who offered reporting tips.

Photo by Pia ChristensenAlison Young was among the first-place award winners who offered reporting tips. The panel also included (left to right) Lisa Krieger, Kate Long, Hoag Levins, Rita Rubin, Janet Adamy, Barbara Benson, Kate Lazar, David Heath and Jill Rosenbaum.

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

Winners of top health journalism awards announced

Julie Appleby

About Julie Appleby

Julie Appleby is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. She is secretary of the Association of Health Care Journalists board of directors, and has been chair of AHCJ's annual Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism contest since its inception.

An investigation revealing concerns about unnecessary treatments by private dental firms – along with stories showcasing the enormous financial toll of medical care and the cost of dying – were among the top winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

First-place awards also went to a series that investigated long-forgotten lead factories and the dangers they pose to nearby residents, coverage of the compounding pharmacy linked to the national outbreak of fungal meningitis, the toll obesity is taking on residents of one state and the effect of violence against those living with HIV.

See the complete release and the list of winners.

AHCJ member news: Books, awards and job changes

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.

Luis Fabregas‘ new book, “A Transplant for Katy,” takes the reader behind the scenes of the transplant capital of the world, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where college student Katy Miller underwent a liver transplant. The 2005 surgery went awry, prompting a feud between Thomas Starzl, known as the father of transplantation, and administrators at the medical center. Fabregas is a reporter at the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Tribune-Review.

Steve Fredman‘s book, “The Troubled Health Dollar: How it Affects the Care We Receive,” has been published.

Kenny Goldberg, health reporter at KPBS, received the 2012 Inspiration Award for Media from the San Diego Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for his coverage of suicide.

Joe Goldeen, health care reporter at The Record in Stockton, Calif., received the 2012 Media Champion Award from the Healthy San Joaquin Collaborative “in recognition of … contributions to changes that promote, support and encourage healthy choices and environments in San Joaquin County communities.”

Journalist Frederik Joelving ‏ is leaving Reuters Health to travel and do long-form journalism.

Richard L. Peck, former editor-in-chief of Long-Term Living, has written a book, “The Big Surprise,” that advises families on dealing with the long-term care system. He describes it as “a small book of readable, bite-sized blogs updated from ones I did originally for the facility search site SnapForSeniors.com.”

Maria Simbra‘s report, “Heart Attack Survivors At Risk for Developing PTSD”, has been nominated in the 2nd Annual Media & Mental Health Awards in the TV news segment category. The Media & Mental Health Awards are presented to stories that accurately report behavioral health within television, radio, print, and online media in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Jocelyn Wiener and Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting received a California Journalism Award for stories they did about a lack of access to dental care for children under Medicaid in California.

Do you have news to share with your fellow journalists? Send it to info@healthjournalism.org for a future blog post.