ABC News launches global health project

Andrew Van Dam

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.

Tonight at 10 Eastern, ABC News anchor Dianne Sawyer will host “Be the Change: Save a Life,” a program which will profile “innovative” solutions to global health problems across Asia and Africa. To accompany what is planned to be a yearlong effort, ABC News is launching, a site which will be updated throughout the year with information on health issues in developing nations. That reporting will be combined with the request implicit in the program’s “Be the Change” title and a site which blurs the lines between journalism and activism.

The heart of the network’s online call to action is a page referring readers to specific charity efforts and encouraging them to donate. All the project donations are hosted by, an organization which says it pre-screens grassroots charity efforts.

(Hat tip to Media Bistro’s WebNewser)

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