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Training: Workshops & Seminars

NY chapter- Behind the scenes with health broadcasters

07/18/05     New York, NY

Those who have wondered what it's like to cover the health beat live -- on radio, television or cable -- were able to talk informally with three on-the-air staff and freelance reporters. Discussion included job opportunities, salaries, deadlines, pros and cons, and how broadcast is different from print or online journalism.

Our special guests included:

Debra Goldschmidt, who has worked in various capacities for CNN. She has been the medical news assignment editor, assignment manager and producer. Debra has won numerous awards and fellowships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health. Currently, she freelances for both CNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Graciela Rogerio got her start writing for her hometown paper in Laredo, Texas, at age 15 -- the same year she also entered health care as a candy-striper at the local hospital. She has been straddling both worlds for many years. For almost two decades, Graciela has been working with rheumatologist Dr. Jay Adlersberg at Channel 7 WABC, producing nightly segments about local, national and international health concerns.

Fred Mogul is a senior reporter for WNYC-New York Public Radio, where he covers healthcare, among other topics. Before moving here in 2002, he worked as a newspaper reporter, a documentary TV producer and freelancer in various media.