Author Archives: Andrew Smiley

About Andrew Smiley

Andrew Smiley is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, and an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Smiley comes to AHCJ from a sports broadcasting background, including nearly a decade at the Golf Channel/NBC Sports and a decade at ESPN, where he won an Emmy.

Afghan media workers in peril as U.S. withdraws; IFJ and others raising money to help

The Association of Health Care Journalists has been watching the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan over the past several weeks with great concern for the Afghan people and particularly our fellow journalists and media workers. 

Along with major news organizations that have employed local journalists and based their U.S. staffers in Afghanistan, a number of organizations are working to evacuate journalists from this dangerous situation.

One of them is the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which has a fund to help remove journalists from deadly situations. IFJ is one of 50 organizations that has asked the G7 to support the safe removal of Afghan media workers from the country and ease their entry into countries of refuge. Continue reading

Health Journalism 2021 postponed

Dear AHCJ members,

AHCJ staff have been monitoring the emergence and spread of the Delta variant closely over the last few weeks. With the guidance of the board of directors, we have made the difficult decision to once again postpone our in-person annual conference scheduled for October 28-31 in Austin. While we were planning to offer some conference sessions virtually, recent COVID-19 developments have made it unwise to ask our members to travel for an in-person meeting.

A little over a month ago we were optimistic about vaccinations and excited to gather in person, and we had great planning meetings on-site in Austin just a few weeks ago. We are still committed to bringing the annual conference to Austin and are working hard to find appropriate dates to gather in 2022. Continue reading