Author Archives: Sally Abrahms

About Sally Abrahms

Sally Abrahms is an independent journalist in Brookline, Mass. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-Healthier Beat Fellowship, which is supported by the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Impressions from around the conference #ahcj13

After learning about the flaws in hospital ratings in one of Thursday’s sessions, I feel confident presenting my equally unscientific study of participants’ views — so far, from day one — of the conference.

As the reporter, I feel entitled to be the first to comment. The sessions were, blissfully, social media-heavy. Pros from the Boston Globe, Boston University’s journalism program and other experts showed participants how to find sources and stories, stay informed about trends, create multimedia graphics for posts, and follow health care thought leaders through LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Good move, AHCJ committee! The standing-room-only audiences seemed eager to learn about tools and websites and hear tips. New websites to me: Newsu.org, timetoast.com, infogr.am, topsy.com and thinglink.com. Continue reading