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Awards, new books 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 Julie Rovner, Cynthia Saver, Gary Schwitzer, Mary Shedden, Ed Silverman, Fran Smith, Mike Stobbe and Tom Wilemon. See the latest about them: Continue reading

New jobs, awards, books and speaking engagements 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 Ricki Lewis, Trudy Lieberman, Kevin B. O’Reilly, David Pittman, Cheryl Platzman Weinstock and Kathleen Raven. See what’s happening with them: Continue reading

AHCJ members release books, films, win 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.

The latest AHCJ members in the news are Nancy Gahles, Gideon Gil, Debra Gordon, Kristin Gourlay, Steve Jacob, Bruce Japsen, Shuka Kalantari, Chris King and Lisa M. Krieger. See what’s happening with them:

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AHCJ members win awards, take on new jobs

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 Laura Beil, Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato, Ibby Caputo, Mari Edlin, Pamela Fayerman and Charlie Fidelman. See what is happening with them: Continue reading

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.