Tag Archives: multimedia

Reporter brings paper’s online ‘Aging Edge’ concept to fruition

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News, the Connecticut Health I-Team and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast.

Most reporters are multitasking experts. Not only are they reporting and writing the main story for a media outlet’s print edition and website, but they’re usually also compiling multimedia add-ons such as video, audio and photos. Then there’s the Tweeting, Facebooking, Snapchatting, Instagramming and other social media promotion they are asked to do to drive website traffic — all while getting a jump on their next story (or two).

So why would an experienced journalist approach his editor to take on even more responsibility? Continue reading

Journalists explain how freelancers can add audio, video to boost pitches – and income #AHCJ16

About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at joseph@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ

Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ

Seeing Spike Lee’s 2006 documentary about how Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans was transformative for independent journalist Andrea King Collier.

“When I saw Spike Lee’s Katrina story, I said to myself, ‘That’s the way I want to tell stories,’” said Collier (@andreacollier) during a panel at Health Journalism 2016 on multimedia skills for freelancers.

An award-winning independent journalist and author, Collier’s work has appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Essence, Town and Country, The Washington Post, and other publications. Continue reading

How one longtime beat reporter is keeping the Medicaid story fresh

About Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen, (@JoanneKenen) the health editor at Politico, has been AHCJ’s topic leader on health reform and curated related material at healthjournalism.org. Follow her on Facebook.

Photo: Lynn Friedman via Flickr

Photo: Lynn Friedman via Flickr

Huffington Post health care reporter Jeffrey Young has written about Medicaid expansion. And written more about Medicaid expansion. And written … you get the point.

Young was still plenty interested in Medicaid expansion and wanted his readers to be too. But he realized it was time to think up a new way of engaging readers.  It’s especially important with “slow-moving stories you cover iteratively over a period of months and years,” he said. Stories like Medicaid expansion.

In a new How I Did It article, Young explains how he analyzed his quandary – and how it led him to a new partnership with graphics and data journalists to help him tell it anew. Continue reading

Impressions from around the conference #ahcj13

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.

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

Multimedia piece explores Philly’s medical history

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.

“Now, why Philly?”

That’s how the first stop begins on the interactive map for Marketplace’s “Philadelphia: The Birthplace of Healthcare” but it also could be a question about AHCJ’s 2011 conference.

The answers are remarkably similar.

Philadelphia has played a large role in the development of health care in this country. Some of the notable events, from the Marketplace piece:

  • Benjamin Franklin helped launch the pharmaceutical industry there.
  • Philly resident Philip Physick, inventor of dozens of surgical instruments, also invented an economic instrument that enabled surgeons to get paid.
  • An idealistic eye doctor there at the turn of the century helped launch what’s now a multi-billion dollar screening industry.

Marketplace’s project, which includes an interactive map timeline that leads you to audio and video pieces, provides an interesting tale of health care in that city. Hear about the surgical amphitheatre where people paid to watch surgery and how the first HMO came about. Find out how an eye doctor became responsible for the screening trend.

Most surprising is the use of puppets, a canoe and music to tell the stories.

More whimsy, less ‘whining’ in support group

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Laurie Udesky and David Dudley of Consumer Health Interactive put together a multimedia video presentation on the wacky international amputee support group Stumps R Us (click here to go directly to the presentation).

Much of the video was filmed at the group’s annual bowling outing, where founder and “Chief Stump” Dan Sorkin was quick to unleash his irreverent wit. “Alan Fisk, our athletic director, is a quadruple amputee and you saw him bowl,” Sorkin said, over a shot of Fisk hurling the ball with a special bowling prosthesis. “He’s terrible!”

Sorkin, who gives new members a free flight lesson, describes the change that comes over new amputees when he shows them that they don’t have to be either serious or sedentary. Many of them take to his whimsical attitude immediately.

“People at this group are positive,” one member said. “If they’re not, they don’t last more than one or two meetings.”

The presentation also profiles the group’s prosthetist, Wayne Koniuk, who talks about the difficulty of helping patients “trick mother nature” and “walk on parts of their bodies that were never meant to be walked on.”

Another profile focuses on amputee Chad Crittenden who became so comfortable with the prosthetic attached to his right leg that he was able to compete in triathlons, join a competitive soccer team and appear on the television reality show “Survivor.”

This entry, from AHCJ member Laurie Udesky, is nominated for a 2009 Webbie award. If you’d like to vote for the piece, click here.