AHCJ members take on new professional challenges

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Sally James, a Seattle-based independent journalist, recently spoke to more than 500 people at Town Hall in Seattle about how to communicate complex science better through what is known as “up-goer” language – using only the thousand most common English words.

The talk, available on YouTube, was given through Ignite Seattle, a nonprofit whose motto is “Enlighten us, but make it quick,” similar to TED talks. They select a few pitches for live performances and archive the videos.

Ivan Oransky, M.D.

Ivan Oransky, M.D.

Ivan Oransky, M.D., AHCJ’s treasurer, has joined Everyday Health as vice president and global editorial director for MedPage Today.

Oransky was most recently executive editor at Reuters Health and has been an editor at Scientific American and The Scientist. He will continue to blog at Embargo Watch and at Retraction Watch.

In a Medical Marketing & Media article, Oransky said he wants to increase the publication’s engagement with its audience of health care professionals.

Tanya Ott

Tanya Ott

Tanya L. Ott is the new vice president of radio at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. She left her position as news director at WBHM public radio in Birmingham, Ala.

Ott was a 2012-13 AHCJ Regional Health Journalism Fellow. She has covered the health care industry beat for Marketplace Radio and has worked at Colorado Public Radio and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Fla.

Alan Scher Zagier

Alan Scher Zagier

Alan Scher Zagier, an Associated Press reporter based in Columbia, Mo., will transfer to the AP’s St. Louis bureau next month.

Zagier has been covering higher education and crime from mid-Missouri since 2005, when he joined AP. Since then, he has covered national higher education issues and reported from the scenes of natural disasters, including the 2011 Joplin tornado. Zagier was a visiting professor at the University of Missouri and an investigative reporter and editor at The Naples (Fla.) Daily News.

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