Author Archives: AHCJ Staff

Three new members elected to AHCJ board;
three incumbents re-elected

new ahcj board members

New board members from left to right: Dawn Fallik, Tammy Worth, and Michele Cohen Marill.

A journalism professor-medical writer and two freelance health reporters have been elected to the boards of AHCJ and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, bringing freelance representation on the board up to six seats — half the total.

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AHCJ thanks our volunteer contest
judges, sign ups open for 2023

AHCJ Contest SealNow in its 19th year, the Association of Health Care Journalists’ annual Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism is a professional and public affirmation of the importance of health care as a beat. To select the most powerful, poignant and effective stories from all the submissions requires significant time, dedication and care. For that, we thank the dozens of volunteer judges who make it all possible. 

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AHCJ announces 2023 CDC Health Journalism fellows

AHCJ-CDC Fellowship medallionEight journalists have been selected to attend the 2023 AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship in Atlanta.

Thanks to support from the NIHCM Foundation, this year’s fellows will spend three days — May 21-24 — learning from CDC experts and touring labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campuses.

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Kevin Ridder joins AHCJ as web editor at key time with launch of new site this year

Kevin Ridder

Kevin Ridder, a journalist, editor, content manager and environmental activist based in Chattanooga, Tenn., has joined AHCJ as its new web editor.

Ridder will help lead efforts to optimize and grow digital content and educational programming across all AHCJ platforms. He will also play a crucial role in the website redesign project. 

“I aim to ease the transition to AHCJ’s new website and help make it as user-friendly as possible,” Ridder said.

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HJ23 draws large crowd to the Gateway to the West

The St. Louis Union Station Hotel light show plays during the HJ23 Thursday night reception. (Photo courtesy of Zachary Linhares)

More than 550 people gathered in St. Louis earlier this month for Health Journalism ’23, with at least 300 organizations represented.

As always, old friends and colleagues reconnected while new friendships and work relationships were formed, facilitated by the nearly 40 meetups created during the event and 3,000-plus messages sent to the community board in the conference app, Whova.

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