Blogging the first day of AHCJ boot camp

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Jodie Jackson Jr., who is one of AHCJ’s Midwest Health Journalism Program Fellows, is blogging about this week’s AHCJ Health Reporting Boot Camp on his North County News blog. Jackson writes that, after day one, he’s already enjoying spending time in the company of other like-minded journalists and learning from some of the profession’s finest.

It was a good start to what promises to be a busy, information-packed week of learning new and honing old skills to provide more and deeper coverage of health care issues, or as Len Bruzzese put it, finding ways to create “a smarter, more engaged public,” and “hopefully a more responsive government.” Pretty heady issues, but Bruzzese seems in position to make that challenge.

The boot camp, which is designed for the eight Midwest Fellows and select students of Missouri School of Journalism, runs through Friday. Jackson promises that he’ll keep blogging as the week goes on, so check North County News (and Covering Health!) for updates.

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