AHCJ announces 2022 National Health Cancer Reporting Fellows

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ten journalists have been selected to participate in AHCJ’s National Cancer Reporting Fellowship.

Supported by the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the fellowship strives to increase reporters, editors and producers’ understanding of the scientific process and scientific research, improve their ability to interpret and accurately report on complex scientific findings, and provide insight into the work of cancer researchers.

The three-day virtual event will be held Feb. 1 -3, 2022, and will feature experts from the National Institutes of Health. A wide range of topics will be explored, including a historical overview of 50 years of cancer research and treatment; clinical trials; how cancer screenings have been affected by the pandemic; and deep dives into immunotherapy, the cost of drugs and treatment and new directions in cancer treatment and research.

The 2022 fellows are:

  • Penny Dickerson (@pennydickersonw) a Jacksonville, Florida-based independent journalist
  • Sharon Donovan a New Orleans-based independent journalist
  • Rosa Furneaux (@rosafurneaux), global health investigative reporter for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Carla K. Johnson (@CarlaKJohnson), medical writer for the Associated Press
  • Alison Kanski (@alisonkanski), reporter for Precision Oncology News
  • Alla Katsnelson (@lalakat) a Northampton, Massachusetts-based independent journalist
  • Rakiya Muhammad (@rakiyaam2) a Sokoto, Nigeria-based independent journalist
  • Kari Oakes (@karioakes), managing editor, Regulatory Focus/Regulator Affairs Professionals Society
  • Howard Wolinksy (@journotwit) a Flossmoor, Illinois-based independent journalist
  • Kerry Young (@kdooleyyoung), a Washington D.C.-based independent journalist who is also AHCJ’s patient safety core topic leader.

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.

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is a global philanthropy committed to helping people live better lives today and creating stronger, healthier futures for people and communities. The organization partners with people and organizations to invest in new research ideas across six program areas: Crohn’s disease, Israel, rural health care, Type 1 diabetes, vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa and New York City.


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