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Catherine Wendlandt

About Catherine Wendlandt

Catherine Wendlandt is a graduate research assistant at AHCJ, pursuing a master's degree in journalism-magazine editing at the University of Missouri. She has a degree in journalism-magazine publishing in 2018 from MU and minored in Spanish and religious studies. As an undergrad, she worked at Vox Magazine and the Columbia Missourian.

Spotlight Q&A with member David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal

David Wahlberg

Where are you from/how far did you travel?

So I sort of had to travel from Madison, Wis., although I was actually at a different seminar the first part of this week in D.C. so I kind of came from there.

How many AHCJ conferences have you been to?

I don’t know for sure, but I would say about 10. I think my first one was in 2002 or 2003. Continue reading

Beyond addiction: Medical consequences for opioid misuse

Photo: Sharyn Morrow via Flickr

What are people leaving out in the conversation about the opioid crisis?

Joshua Barocas, who teaches Boston University’s School of Medicine, said the answer is embedded in the question. “Opioids themselves aren’t the crisis,” he said. “Overdoses are the crisis.” Continue reading

Spotlight Q&A with member Sonia Narang, multimedia journalist

Sonia Narang, multimedia journalist, contributor to local NPR affiliates and PRI’s “The World”

Where are you from/how far did you travel?

I’m from Los Angeles and I had to travel all day, so I don’t know how many miles that was … It took me nine hours to get here.

Is this your first AHCJ conference?

Yes.

Are you a fellow?

I am a California fellow. Continue reading

Health podcasting: How to turn your in-depth health story into an audio narrative or series

An estimated 48 million Americans listen to podcasts weekly, according to a 2018 survey from Edison Research, with the average consumer listening to seven different podcasts a week. So, the time is ripe for you to set up a mic and start your own health care podcast.

On Thursday, the Health Journalism 2019 panel, “Health podcasting: How to turn your in-depth health story into an audio narrative or series,” taught attendees just exactly how to do that.   Continue reading

Spotlight Q & A with member Eric Rosenthal, independent journalist

Eric Rosenthal, independent journalist

Where are you from and how far did you travel to the conference?

I’m from Wynnewood, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. It was 2 hours and 15 minutes by car.

How many AHCJ conferences have you been to?

About a dozen.

What are you looking forward to at the conference?

Otis Brawley’s kickoff speech. He’s actually a very good friend of mine. So I’m looking forward to his presentation. At this stage, I come to AHCJ conferences primary to meet other people and to talk. Continue reading

Speaker spotlight: Brawley to discuss health disparities, cancer

Occasionally doctors are apt to make claims, especially when money is involved, that are not based in science or fact. That’s why we need health journalists, said Otis Brawley, M.D., today’s Health Journalism 2019 spotlight speaker. We need journalists who understand medicine to be skeptical and not take these claims at face value.

Brawley is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he researches health disparities in cancer, examining which populations are most affected and quantifying how many people are impacted negatively. Continue reading