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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.

KMSP-Minneapolis investigative reporter Jeff Baillon earned two Upper Midwest Regional Emmy awards. “Where’s the Money,” a series looking at the financial collapse of a company owned by a former U.S. senator, won for investigative reporting. “Car Trouble,” a piece about a man imprisoned for killing three people in a car crash involving a Toyota Camry, also won. The story uncovered evidence which supported the driver’s claim that the accident was the result of “unintended acceleration.” The man has since been freed from prison.

Theresa Brown‘s new book, Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between, was published by Harper Collins in June.

Heather Chambers left the San Diego Business Journal for the California Healthcare Institute in June. She is serving as their writer – technically “communications specialist.”

Columbus Business First reporter Carrie Ghose’s health care beat coverage in 2009 won second place for business reporting among papers with less than 100,000 circulation in the 2010 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards.

Carol Goldsmith, an anchor at WYFF-Greenvile, S.C., won a Peabody award for “Chronicle: Paul’s Gift,” an hour-long documentary on organ donation that goes from the hospital bed, to surgery for organ recovery, to the transplant recipients, and the meeting months later between the donor’s widow and the recipients. She was the co-anchor and co-producer for the project.

On Aug. 30th, Christine Gorman started work as the health/med/bio features editor at Scientific American, with a mandate to beef up its health and medicine reporting. She works in the print, online and mobile spaces. You can find her first health column in the October 2010 issue.

Terri Hansen won first place in the 2010 Native American Journalists Association’s Media Awards for “Best Environmental News Story.”

Andrew Holtz‘s third book, House M.D. vs. Reality, will be published in early 2011 by Berkley/Penguin in the United States. He also has deals for Brazilian and Czech editions with other proposed editions pending. The bad news is that www.MDiTV.com, where Holtz was anchor & senior news editor, has suspended production of video news reports. Holtz continues to do reviews for www.HealthNewsReview.org and, along with Bill Heisel, occasionally fills in for Gary Schwitzer to coordinate the reviews.

Lisa Jaffe Hubbell has become a regular blogger at GE’s healthymagination.com health blog and is contributing to Today’s Hospitalist.

Chicago Tribune health care reporter Bruce Japsen has a new column answering readers questions specifically about the implementation of health reform.

Sandra Jordan is a winner of the American Cancer Society High Plains Division 2010 Media Awards competition in the Newspaper – Weekly Feature category for her story, “The New Age of Prostate Cancer.” Jordan is also a 2010 National Press Foundation fellow for the “Cancer Issues” seminar in Washington, D.C. in October. Chris King (managing editor) and Jordan (health reporter) shared honors with the rest of St. Louis American staff when it was recognized as best non-daily paper in North America (circ. greater than 37,500) of 2010 by Suburban Newspapers of America.

P. Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., is the recipient of the American Medical Writers Association’s Walter C. Alvarez Award. The award honors excellence in communicating health care developments and concepts to the public.

Euna Lhee is now a multimedia health reporter for Florida Public Radio, as a part of the Healthy State Collaborative project. Based at WMFE in Orlando, Lhee reports on health care issues, biotechnology and medical research.

The Salt Lake Tribune‘s Heather May was awarded a fellowship this summer through the USC Annenberg/The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship program. She will be writing about minority health disparities in Utah.

Maryn McKenna became one of the seven launch bloggers on Wired.com’s new invitation-only science-blog network.

Marilyn Nelson took part in the International Center for Journalists’ personal finance class, for which she completed a story project about American Indians and personal finance.

Tom Paulson curates a niche news site for KPLU as part of NPR’s new Argo project. His focus, based in Seattle, is on global health and development.

Peggy Pico has returned to her hometown of San Diego as the science and technology reporter at KPBS, where she does daily radio and weekly TV reports on the biotech industry.

Lisa A. Price, chief editorial adviser at Sound Integrated Health News, was featured in the Journal for Minority Medical Students (Vol. 22 No. 2), NCCAM Researcher Profile, Special Report for research on medicinal mushrooms and cancer.

Lee-Lee Prina, senior editor of GrantWatch at Health Affairs, is now managing the journal’s new GrantWatch Blog, which launched in March 2010.

Marilyn Werber Serafini has been selected as the inaugural Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Serafini, who spent 19 years at National Journal,  covered the U.S. Congress since 1985, writing about health care, tax, trade, welfare, pension and banking legislation. She covered the health reform debate during the Clinton Administration and the recent debate that led to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Serafini began her fellowship in August and is working closely with the editors of Kaiser Health News and KHN its partners on a series of articles on health policy and politics, as well as stories that explore the intricacies of health reform implementation.

Tampa Tribune consumer health reporter Mary Shedden won a SPJ Green Eyeshade Award, which recognizes excellence in 11 Southern states. She took first place in the category of “Public Affairs – Print – Daily.” Her entry, “Stuffy Nose? Tired? You may already have had swine flu,” included her body of work that aimed to help readers understand how to identify the flu’s symptoms and to protect themselves. Shedden also was a 2009 AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellow.

Lorena Tonarelli‘s new book, Caring – The Essential Guide, has been published by Need2KNow books.

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German HealthNewsReview to launch in November

Andrew Van Dam

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.

Medien-Doktor.de, the German version of America’s HealthNewsReview.org and Australia’s pioneering Media Doctor site is set to launch in November. Gary Schwitzer, publisher of HealthNewsReview.org and longtime AHCJ member, recently visited Dortmund, Germany, to consult on what will be billed as “the German HealthNewsReview.”

Last week, (University of Dortmund Professor Holger Wormer and freelance journalist Marcus Anhäuser) brought in more than a dozen of the people who will be story reviewers for the German site. And I helped give them background on our US effort and offer some tips on how to apply our 10 standardized criteria when reviewing stories. (I remember clearly when I got this kind of help five years ago from Dr. David Henry, who helped found the Media Doctor Australia site.) They were an impressive group – all journalists – but many with advanced science or medical degrees. And they work in many different media – online, print, radio, TV, books.

Schwitzer writes that the site will include “interesting new twists,” some of which he may even adopt over at HealthNewsReview.org. Medien-Doktor.de isn’t live yet, but Schwitzer managed to snap a photo of the draft homepage.

According to Schwitzer, this is the fifth installment in the Media Doctor lineage of sites designed to hold health journalism accountable.

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Cancer, journalism and skewed patient expectations

Andrew Van Dam

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.

Once again, it appears that a reporter has found the cure for cancer. And that cure is the out-of-context anecdote. Gary Schwitzer spotted the latest offense, a CBS story on a pancreatic cancer vaccine, and Jessie Gruman of Prepared Patient Forum connected the dots to explain how such reporting contributes to the skewed patient view of cancer treatment success rates.


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Panel: Media share blame for health-care costs

Andrew Van Dam

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.

The American Society of News Editors and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making brought experts and editors together to discuss the media’s role in the overscreening, overprescribing and overhyping that are helping drive up health care costs in America. Richard Karpel, ASNE’s executive director, reviewed what those assembled took away from the seminar:

According to FIMDM’s presenters, the media is culpable because it reports too many stories focused on “breakthroughs” and “miracle cures,” indulges too often in light, feel-good, news-you-can-use features, and frequently publishes inaccurate, unbalanced stories that fail to ask the right questions or seek verification from independent sources.

AHCJ member Gary Schwitzer was there to share what he’s learned as a critic of health coverage, you can find a PDF of his presentation here. Presentations from the other speakers – who looked at things like disease-mongering, screenings, treatments for lower-back pain and pharmaceuticals – are available as well.

Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview blog wins award

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.

MedGadget, the “Internet journal of emerging medical technologies,” announced that AHCJ member Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview blog, won Best Medical Weblog of 2009.

From the announcement:

The winner of the Best Medical Weblog of 2009 is Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview Blog. Gary used to be a professional health reporter. He is now a professor of journalism at University of Minnesota, focusing on medical reporting. Gary has become renowned for his critique of media’s coverage of health care topics. And that’s what his blog is mostly about: checking and correcting the weak, erroneous, and misleading reporting of medical science and industry on TV and in newspapers.

Other blogs recognized focus on narrative, clinical cases, health policy and ethics, medical technology and patient experience.

The awards are sponsored by Epocrates, a maker of medical software for personal digital assistants and smart phones.

Schwitzer’s year-end thoughts on health journalism

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.

Gary Schwitzer, publisher of HealthNewsReview.org and an associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication, posted “10 trends in health care journalism going into 2010.” He looks back at the good, the bad, the ugly and the data, as well as looking toward the future and offering a few words of advice for health journalists.