Category Archives: AHCJ news

It’s contest time! Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism competition begins

About Tony Leys

AHCJ board member Tony Leys has been the Des Moines Register’s main health care reporter since 2000. He was a 2011-12 AHCJ Regional Health fellow, and he has reported from Haiti, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Uganda and Mali.

Photo: Len Bruzzese/AHCJHelen Branswell, left, receives her first-place award for beat reporting for Stat from AHCJ President Ivan Oransky.

It’s fall, that magical time of year when the leaves turn, the pumpkin-spice debate rages – and health care journalists start gathering their best stories from this year.

That’s right, the 2021 AHCJ contest season has opened.

Entries are now being accepted in nine categories, including beat, investigative, public health, and student. The big news this year is we’ve added an audio category to recognize the great health journalism being done for radio and podcasts. Continue reading

Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

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.

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Please welcome our newest members of AHCJ.

All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves. Continue reading

Editors already on board for virtual PitchFest, set for Oct. 27-28

About Jeanne Erdmann

Jeanne Erdmann is an award-winning health and science writer based in Wentzville, Mo. A member of AHCJ's board of directors, she is the chair of the organization's Freelance Committee. Her work has appeared in Discover, Women’s Health, Aeon, Slate, The Washington Post, Nature, Nature Medicine and other publications.

Although Health Journalism has been postponed until 2022, PitchFest is a go — in a virtual format like last year’s event.

Here is how PitchFest will work: The event will take place over two days, Wednesday, October 27, and Thursday, October 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Participating editors will choose two-hour slots. Some may choose two consecutive hours, while others may select 30-minute slots that work best for their schedule. They may also choose to schedule slots on both days.

Each participant will have up to 10 minutes with each editor. Appointments will be 10 minutes without a break between appointments. Participants will have to keep careful watch on the time and start wrapping up pitches at 8 minutes, so everyone can remain on time. Continue reading

AHCJ has a new managing editor

Erica Tricarico

Erica Tricarico, a graduate of Howard University and the master’s program in journalism at CUNY, will join the staff of AHCJ on Monday, Sept. 20, as managing editor.

Tricarico comes to the organization from MJH Life Sciences in Cranbury, N.J., where she managed an editorial team producing content on animal care. Before that, she was a freelance health care reporter for Everyday Health.

She will produce and edit content to support AHCJ’s many member services, including events, core topic materials and other web-based resources as well as news releases, conference programs and newsletters. Continue reading

Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

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.

Welcome new membersPlease welcome our newest members of AHCJ.

All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves. Continue reading