Georgia Health News has entered the growing group of independent websites covering health news.
The site’s mission is “to fill the widening gap in media coverage by creating a substantive website that will provide crucial information about health care in Georgia.” It features original stories as well as links to health stories published by other Georgia media outlets.
The new site, founded by AHCJ board member Andy Miller, has applied for federal nonprofit status. Patricia Thomas, an AHCJ member and the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, serves on GHN’s board of directors.
Miller covered health care at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution until he left the paper in 2009.
The site joins ventures such as Health News Florida, the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting, Kaiser Health News, ProPublica, California Watch and others that were collectively referred to as a thriving “new journalism ecosystem” in a recent study.
Nancy Snyderman, M.D., chief medical editor for NBC News, will anchor a one-hour daily show about health news and issues that will air on MSNBC beginning June 29.
According to the press release, Snyderman “will tackle everything from health and wellness tips and medical breakthroughs to in-depth looks at health policy as it makes its way through Washington.”
“The abundance of medical and health information means that we have more news than newscasts at NBC. This program will give us a chance to integrate medical news with politics, health policy, and the health concerns of our consumers,” said Snyderman.
The show, which apparently doesn’t yet have a name, will air at noon on weekdays.
Snyderman previously worked for ABC, which suspended her for a week after she made a radio commercial for Tylenol. She later left ABC to become vice president of medical affairs for Johnson & Johnson – maker of Tylenol.
Just one review of her work is posted at HealthNewsReviews.org but it met only one of 10 criteria the site lays out for responsible health reporting. The piece was deemed to be “disease-mongering.”