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AHCJ names Jeff Porter director of education Date: 09/05/18

Jeff Porter, AHCJ’s longtime special projects director, has been named director of education for the association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

Porter, who takes a lead role in content planning for national conferences and workshops, also will play a larger role in AHCJ’s growing array of national fellowship programs.

“Jeff does a great job dealing with hundreds of speakers, instructors and moderators each year,” said Len Bruzzese, AHCJ’s executive director. “We plan to use his curriculum and data reporting skills in our fellowship programs and webcasts.”

Before joining AHCJ in 2008, Porter was the database library director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. In that position, he conducted and directed data analysis for broadcast and print investigative projects, and served as lead instructor for computer-assisted reporting boot camps.

Previously, he worked 20 years as an award-winning newspaper journalist, including at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, where he served as CAR specialist, combining traditional investigative reporting techniques with advanced data analysis.

The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. In just 20 years, it has grown into the premier organization for training health journalists, boasting nearly 1,500 members. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. AHCJ, which is based at the Missouri School of Journalism, conducts training through its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.