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AHCJ joins partnership producing 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists Date: 12/16/16

 2017 World Conference of Science JournalistsThe Association of Health Care Journalists has agreed to collaborate on the curriculum for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists slated for fall 2017 in San Francisco.

AHCJ will partner with the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing on programming for the global event, being held in the United States for the first time. All three organizations are affiliated with the World Federation of Science Journalists, which connects science, health, environment and technology writers around the world.

Specifically, AHCJ – through its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism – will organize a health and medicine track running throughout the five-day conference. Sessions will focus on some of the most significant global health issues on which journalists must report.

“AHCJ is looking forward to collaborating on this exciting international training event,” said Len Bruzzese, executive director of AHCJ. “We want to help draw as many health and science writers as possible for the personal development, the professional networking and the payoff for news and information consumers around the world.”

The 2017 conference theme of “Bridging Science and Societies” points to the vital role journalists play in connecting global audiences to the science, medicine and technology that affects their lives in a complex and changing world.

“We’re thrilled to have AHCJ joining us in organizing this global conference,” said Ron Winslow, co-chair of the WCSJ2017 Organizing Committee. “AHCJ’s conference programming is always top-notch. This partnership will ensure that the conference includes superb topical sessions for journalists covering global health and medical science.” Winslow, deputy bureau chief of health and science at The Wall Street Journal, is a past president of NASW and was a founding board member of AHCJ.

Along with panel sessions, training workshops, educational field trips and several networking events are planned. Journalists and other health and science communicators can learn more about the conference by visiting WCSJ2017.org.

The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With about 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources and a professional home for journalists. Offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.