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Cleveland-Akron chapter hears about using journalism skills for grant writing

Eileen Beal

About Eileen Beal

Eileen Beal, M.A., has been covering health care and aging since the late 1990s. She's written several health-related books. including "Age Well!" with geriatrician Robert Palmer, and her work has appeared in Aging Today, Arthritis Today,WebMD and other publications. She leads AHCJ's Cleveland chapter.

Cleveland-area health care journalists and writers learned about grant writing as an option for freelancers to use their journalistic skills to make a living at a Feb. 27 AHCJ chapter meeting.

Ten journalists attended the Cleveland-Akron chapter’s first 2014 event, “Expanding freelance options I: Grant writing,” to hear about the pros and cons, ins and outs, and challenges and rewards of freelance grant writing.

Following a light dinner, University Hospitals/Case Medical Center development officer Sandra Erlanger discussed how she got into grant writing from journalism.

“It’s a learn-by-doing process,” she said. She also discussed the variety of writing she does – “everything from grant proposals to thank-you notes” – within the development department.

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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.

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Five journalists named 2014 Reporting Fellows on Health Care Performance

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 Association of Health Care Journalists has awarded five journalists AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance. The program, in its fourth 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.

Read about the fellows and the projects they will be working on.

Experts suggest story ideas based on ACA implementation

Carla K. Johnson

About Carla K. Johnson

Carla K. Johnson (@CarlaKJohnson) is a medical writer at The Associated Press and has covered health and medicine since 2001. She is a member of AHCJ's board of directors, serving as liaison to the association’s local chapters and leading the one in Chicago.

Photo: Carla K. Johnson

Photo: Carla K. Johnson
Dan Lustig, C. Scott Litch and Dr. John Rutkausas (left to right) spoke on a panel in Chicago about the Affordable Care Act.

Plenty of good story ideas await journalists willing to explore the nooks and crannies of the nation’s health care law. The Chicago chapter of AHCJ delved into some of these story ideas at a recent meeting titled “Fresh Stories Ahead for the Affordable Care Act.”

For instance, dental coverage for children is an essential health benefit under the law. Consumers in Illinois are able to buy pediatric dental coverage as a stand-alone plan, bundled with a medical plan or “embedded” into a medical plan. Panelist Dr. John R. Rutkausas, chief executive officer of the Chicago-based American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, predicts consumers will be disappointed if they buy an embedded plan with a high deductible. It may be a rude surprise to learn they may have to pay all their children’s dental care out of pocket because they haven’t yet met their deductible. Continue reading

Welcome to 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.

  • Kathleen Blanchard, independent journalist, Anderson, S.C., (@kathbee)
  • Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin, editor, TEDMED|Disruptive Women in Health Care, Burke, Va. (@MsWZ)
  • Robert Calandra, independent journalist, Wyndmoor, Pa.
  • Sarah de Crescenzo, staff reporter, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif. (@sarahdc)
  • Catharine Dold, independent journalist, Boulder, Colo., (@catherinedold)
  • Amy Driscoll, editor, The Miami Herald, Miami, Fla. (@driscollamy)
  • Lauren Jow, staff reporter, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif. (@laurenjow)
  • Roland Klose, business editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo. (@rwklose)
  • Melissa Landon, writer/editor, The Rural Blog, Wilmore, N.J. (@melissalandon)
  • Dan Mangan, reporter, CNBC.com, New York, N.Y. (@_danmangan)
  • Cynthia Nickerson, independent journalist, Missouri City, Texas
  • Megan Nicolai, staff reporter, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif. (@megannicolai)
  • Michelle Nicolosi, staff reporter, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif. (@nicolosi)
  • A.J. Plunkett, editor/reporter, DecisionHealth, Gaithersburg, Md. (@ajplunkett)
  • Madeleine Thomas, student, University of California, Berkeley, (@madeleinetwnsnd)
  • Jenny Wagner, health reporter, Beaver County Times, Beaver, Pa.
  • Don Worthington, business editor, The Herald, Rock Hill, S.C. (@rhherald_donw)

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.

AHCJ board names officers to two-year terms; Stark assumes presidency

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 AHCJ board of directors elected a new set of officers for 2013-15 to take their seats this week.

Karl Stark of The Philadelphia Inquirer was named president, Ivan Oransky of MedPage Today was named vice president, Felice J. Freyer of The Providence Journal was named treasurer and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News was named secretary. Charles Ornstein of ProPublica, and board president for the past four years, remains on the board. He did not seek another officer position.

A new board was seated after July elections by the entire AHCJ membership. The board members then voted on officers.

Other members of the board of directors are Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News; Carla K. Johnson of The Associated Press; Maryn McKenna, an independent journalist and author; Irene Wielawski, an independent journalist from Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Gideon Gil of The Boston Globe; Scott Hensley of NPR; Andy Miller of Georgia Health News.

Welcome to 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 members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Thomas Flaherty, medical reporter/researcher, The Doctor Oz Show, New York
  • Laurie Tarkan, independent journalist, Maplewood, N.J. (@laurietarkan)
  • Mary Korr, managing editor, Rhode Island Medical Journal, Barrington, R.I.
  • Celia Vimont, independent journalist, New York
  • Ilene Heller, independent journalist, Atlanta

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.

AHCJ members take on new professional challenges

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.

Sally James, a Seattle-based independent journalist, recently spoke to more than 500 people at Town Hall in Seattle about how to communicate complex science better through what is known as “up-goer” language – using only the thousand most common English words.

The talk, available on YouTube, was given through Ignite Seattle, a nonprofit whose motto is “Enlighten us, but make it quick,” similar to TED talks. They select a few pitches for live performances and archive the videos.

Ivan Oransky, M.D.

Ivan Oransky, M.D.

Ivan Oransky, M.D., AHCJ’s treasurer, has joined Everyday Health as vice president and global editorial director for MedPage Today.

Oransky was most recently executive editor at Reuters Health and has been an editor at Scientific American and The Scientist. He will continue to blog at Embargo Watch and at Retraction Watch.

In a Medical Marketing & Media article, Oransky said he wants to increase the publication’s engagement with its audience of health care professionals.

Tanya Ott

Tanya Ott

Tanya L. Ott is the new vice president of radio at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. She left her position as news director at WBHM public radio in Birmingham, Ala.

Ott was a 2012-13 AHCJ Regional Health Journalism Fellow. She has covered the health care industry beat for Marketplace Radio and has worked at Colorado Public Radio and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Fla.

Alan Scher Zagier

Alan Scher Zagier

Alan Scher Zagier, an Associated Press reporter based in Columbia, Mo., will transfer to the AP’s St. Louis bureau next month.

Zagier has been covering higher education and crime from mid-Missouri since 2005, when he joined AP. Since then, he has covered national higher education issues and reported from the scenes of natural disasters, including the 2011 Joplin tornado. Zagier was a visiting professor at the University of Missouri and an investigative reporter and editor at The Naples (Fla.) Daily News.

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Have a new job? Won an award? Published a book? We want to know what AHCJ members are up to. Please share your news with your colleagues by sending it to info@healthjournalism.org. Member news items are posted on Covering Health and in HealthBeat, AHCJ’s newsletter.

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.

  • Allison Connolly, reporter, Bloomberg News, London 
  • Elizabeth Crisp, state government reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia, Mo.  (@elizabethcrisp)
  • Andrea Edwards, student, Eastern University, Philadelphia
  • Cindy Maynard, independent journalist, Coalinga, Calif.
  • Erin Quinlan, independent journalist, Tarrytown, N.Y.  (@erinroseQ)
  • Donna Shaw, associate professor, The College of New Jersey, Philadelphia
  • Simon Sheather, professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • Lauren Williams, editor, United Communications Group, Washington, D.C.

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.

AHCJ member news: Awards, fellowships, new jobs, books published and more

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.

Jeff Baillon, an investigative reporter at KMSP-Minneapolis/St. Paul, received a 2013 National Headliner Award for health/science reporting. The story, “No Charge, No Chance,” examined problems with automated external defibrillators which resulted in hundreds of deaths nationwide.

Steve Beale, editor of Bulldog Reporter’s Inside Health Media and news editor for Bulldog Reporter, is writing a column for Daily Dog called “Deskside.”

Independent journalist Laura Beil won a first-place award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors in the category of “Reporting on a Significant Topic” for her Men’s Health story “The Dirty Truth About Hospitals.”

Susan Brink’s book, “The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Nurturing, and Protecting an Infant Through the First Three Months,” was published by the University of California Press.

Yolanda (Linda) Reid Chassiakos, M.D., director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University, Northridge, is a co-author of “New Leadership for Today’s Healthcare Professionals.”

Elbert Chu is now an associate producer at MedPage Today.

Daniel J. DeNoon, formerly at WebMD, is now executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter.

Coshandra Dillard, a staff writer at the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph, received an Anson Jones, M.D., award from the Texas Medical Association in the category of publications with circulation less than 100,000. The award was for reporting on a program that promotes healthy habits in children. She also recently earned a third place award from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for her feature series on the 75th anniversary of the New London school explosion.

Bob Finn has left Medscape Medical News, where he had been assignment editor, to join the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis as executive editor of the MS Discovery Forum.

The “Labor Pains” series written by John George, senior reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal, won the grand prize for public service presented by the Philadelphia Press Association and a first-place award for investigative reporting from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. He was the first journalist honored by the Maternity Care Coalition with its annual “Spirit of Motherhood Award” for the series. The series, which looked at the impact of maternity ward closings on obstetrical care in and around Philadelphia, was the result of George’s selection to be part of the 2012 AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance.

Kristin Gourlay, a health care reporter at Rhode Island Public Radio, received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her 10-part documentary series about medical education and the future of health care, “Future Docs.”

Shuka Kalantari, previously the health outreach coordinator at KQED-San Francisco, is now a freelance reporter. She will be reporting for KQED, PRI’s The World, BBC World News Service, and other radio and online media outlets. She received the International Center For Journalists “Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists,” for which she will travel to Canada and Turkey to report on health and social issues affecting Iranian refugees who are sexual minorities.

Richard Kipling will take over the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting in June, when current editor David Westphal retires. The Center, based at the University of Southern California, partners with local news organizations to produce in-depth coverage of health issues. For nearly 25 years, Kipling was an editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Dirk Hanson’s fourth book, “Addiction Inbox: Cutting-Edge Research on Drugs and Dependence,” was published by CreateSpace in April.

Whitney Howell was awarded a press fellowship to cover the 66th Annual World Health Assembly, hosted by the United Nations Foundation and the World Health Organization, in Geneva.

Roma Lightsey graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master’s degree in clinical research management. She is now an adjunct faculty nursing instructor at Fortis Institute in Birmingham and continues to write health and medical articles.

Maryn McKenna was awarded the June Roth Memorial Book Award and an honorable mention for the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting, both from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. McKenna was Science Writer in Residence for spring 2013 at the University of Wisconsin.

Jennifer Ringler has completed a master’s degree in health communication through the distance education program at Boston University.

Wally Roberts has been awarded a fellowship by Investigative Reporters and Editors to support research of a book on the nursing home industry.

Margot Sanger-Katz, a health care correspondent for National Journal, has been named a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in economics and business journalism by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Nazli Senyuva, a medical researcher for The Dr. Oz Show, has been accepted into Columbia University’s Journalism School to pursue a master’s degree in health and science journalism next year.

Curtis Skinner was chosen by the Kaiser Family Foundation as the summer health reporting intern for 10 weeks at The Philadelphia Inquirer. After his internship, he will start a Reuters nine-month traineeship in New York City.

Sarah Jane Tribble is now a health reporter at ideastream, Cleveland’s local NPR affiliate. She was most recently a reporter at The Plain Dealer.

Kelly Tyrrell won a Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Award for a story or series of stories that she wrote last year in The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal.

Matthew Weinstock was promoted to assistant managing editor of Hospitals & Health Networks. He’s been with the publication for nearly 10 years. In his new role, Weinstock adds management of H&HN Daily to his responsibilities. He received the 2013 McAllister Editorial Fellowship, jointly awarded by the Association of Business Information & Media Companies and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and will serve as a guest lecturer at Medill in the fall. H&HN was named “Publication of the Year,” by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors.

Karen Weintraub, a freelance health and science journalist has written a book, “Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might),” with psychiatrists Craig Surman and Tim Bilkey. The day after its Feb. 5 publication, it rose to #14 on the Amazon best-seller’s list in Canada, right below “How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You.” Her first book, “The Autism Revolution,” co-written with Harvard pediatric neurologist Martha Herbert, came out in paperback in March.

Theheart.org, under managing editor Shelley Wood, was named “Best Website” in the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors 2013 Awards.

Amy Yee, a freelance journalist based in New Delhi, India, who focuses on development, business approaches to reducing poverty and stories with social impact, has been named a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in economics and business journalism by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.