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Legislation update: AB 5 may exempt freelance writers but PRO Act passes

Carolyn Crist

About Carolyn Crist

Carolyn Crist (@cristcarolyn) helps AHCJ’s freelance members find the resources, tips and contacts they need to create and run a successful business. A freelance journalist and author, Crist covers health, medicine and science stories for national news outlets such as Reuters, Runner’s World and Parade. She also writes for trade and custom publications. Contact her at carolyn@healthjournalism.org.

A view of Congress

Photo by Sean Stayte via flickr

Independent contractor legislation continues to shift quickly at both the state and national levels — with writers and editors waiting to see what happens next.

First, California legislators may ease restrictions against writers and photographers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Feb. 6.

Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect in California on Jan. 1, established a cap that limits freelancers to 35 submissions per publication per year. The law has already affected freelancers and publications, including several AHCJ members. Continue reading

Welcome to AHCJ’s newest members

Len Bruzzese

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism.

Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ.

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

AHCJ heads to Baltimore for annual conference

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Hundreds of health journalists will gather in Baltimore – known as Charm City – for the annual AHCJ conference May 2-5.

Health Journalism 2019 will be at the Baltimore Hilton, a short walk from the Inner Harbor, with shops, museums, restaurants and historic ships. The hotel is next to Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. And yes, the Orioles are scheduled to be at home during the conference, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays from May 3-5. Continue reading

Call for entries opens for health journalism awards

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Entries for the 2012 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are now being accepted.

Following on changes begun last year, the contest retains its topic-based categories, where entries compete head-to-head no matter whether they appeared in magazines, newspapers, trade publications or on radio or television stations or websites.Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

The Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media. The contest is run by journalists for journalists and is not influenced or funded by commercial or special-interest groups. The contest features 12 categories and entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics.

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Chicago chapter learns about social media for working journalists

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

There was a little LOL, but also plenty of cyber meat for the nearly 20 journalists, academics and students attending the AHCJ Chicago Chapter’s autumn event on social media at Columbia College on Sept. 19. Former AHCJ President Duncan Moore organized and moderated the panel discussion about the intersection of journalism and social media.

The Chicago Reader’s “Tweeter In Chief” Asher Klein (@Chicago_Reader) told how the weekly uses social media, in particular Twitter, to promote stories and engage and attract readers. Continue reading

Member close-up: Wisconsin State Journal’s David Wahlberg

John Andrew "Andy'' Miller

About John Andrew "Andy'' Miller

Andy Miller (@gahealthnews) is the editor and publisher of the nonprofit Georgia Health News. The former health care reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a member of AHCJ's board of directors and leads the association's Atlanta chapter.

From hospitals to medical research to consumer trends, David Wahlberg covers the waterfront when it comes to health and health care.

Wahlberg (@davidkwahlberg) has covered these topics for about 20 years, and has worked at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison since 2005.

As a Kaiser Media Fellow in Health in 2009-10, Wahlberg wrote an 11-part series, “Out of reach: The rural health care gap,” that won a Sigma Chi Delta award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His five-part series in 2007, “Medical Misconnections: Patient-safety problems and solutions,” won a first-place award from the Association of Health Care Journalists. He has been a member of AHCJ for 10 years.

YEARS COVERING HEALTH:

Nearly 20

David Wahlberg

David Wahlberg

CURRENT BEAT:

Health/health care

RECENT STORIES INCLUDE:

A column, Health Sense, which I started after this year’s AHCJ conference.

A two-part series on nursing homes:

Madison Without Borders,” a special section on global health – sidebars:

“Inside Out,” a two-part series about a rare birth defect:

FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB:

The variety. I cover hospitals and clinics, medical research, health policy, public health, community health, consumer health, prevention programs, treatment trends, patient struggles and successes, disciplinary actions against providers and more. Continue reading