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Jocelyn Wiener

About Jocelyn Wiener

Jocelyn Wiener is an award-winning independent journalist based in Oakland, Calif. She writes regularly for Kaiser Health News and the Center for Health Reporting. Her work has run in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, the Christian Science Monitor, Pacific Standard and newspapers around the country.

Tips for freelancers to unleash their inner entrepreneur

Two top freelancers at Health Journalism 2018 – Linda Marsa and Heather Boerner – and attorney Ruth Carter offered a series of great tips to help you start thinking of your freelance work as a real business … and make it pay like one.

Marsa kicked off the session, “Unleash your inner entrepreneur,” with advice about getting a good mix of work, and getting paid for it: Continue reading

Panelists agree HIPAA privacy rule is outdated #AHCJ16

security-graphistockCharles Ornstein, a senior reporter at ProPublica, kicked off a Health Journalism 2016 session about the federal government’s health privacy rule with several stories of privacy breaches:

  • A woman was watching television at night when she came upon footage documenting her husband’s death. She had never been contacted for permission.
  • A doctor hired a private investigator to investigate a patient.
  • A woman went online and found that a website had made public some 6,000 paternity cases.

These privacy breaches, Ornstein said, can be “very, very harmful” to individuals. Continue reading

New data reveal trend in binge drinking #ahcj15

Pia Christensen/AHCJAli Mokdad of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington discusses new data on alcohol use in the United States.

Pia Christensen/AHCJAli Mokdad of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington discusses new data on alcohol use in the United States.

Binge drinking and heavy drinking in the United States increased significantly in recent years, particularly among women, according to a new study presented today by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

While the overall rate of drinking remained constant between 2005 and 2012, heavy drinking increased 17.2 percent and binge drinking increased 8.9 percent during that time.

Heavy drinking was defined as averaging more than one drink per day during the past month (for women) or two drinks (for men). Binge drinking was defined as having four or more drinks at one occasion in the past month (for women) and five or more (for men). Continue reading

Award winners share their tips for reporting significant stories #ahcj13

Alison Young was among the first-place award winners who offered reporting tips.

Photo by Pia ChristensenAlison Young was among the first-place award winners who offered reporting tips. The panel also included (left to right) Lisa Krieger, Kate Long, Hoag Levins, Rita Rubin, Janet Adamy, Barbara Benson, Kate Lazar, David Heath and Jill Rosenbaum.

How does one report a story that has real impact? Ten of the first-place winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism shared their tips during a panel at Health Journalism 2013. Among the highlights:

Request patient records
Janet Adamy of The Wall Street Journal, along with Tom McGinty, won first place in the health policy category (large) for “The Crushing Cost of Care” – their story chronicling the life and death of Scott Crawford, a 41-year-old heart transplant patient who racked up one of the country’s highest Medicare bills. Adamy said most hospitals have a form on their website that patients can sign to request their medical records. Continue reading