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.
We have been working hard to put the pieces together for our annual conference Oct. 28-31 in Austin, Texas, and registration for the conference will open July 15.
Our member survey made it clear that many of you are excited to get together in person for the annual conference, and you want to do so as safely as possible. To that end, and with the guidance of the board of directors, AHCJ will require in-person attendees, staff and all speakers to be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required during the registration process.
We realize that some people cannot be vaccinated due to a medical or religious exemption. Members with such an exemption will be required to attest to their exemption during registration. Members with an exemption will also be required to wear a mask when indoors and participating in the conference program. Continue reading →
Jeff Porter is the director of education for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.