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Kleyman, Varney recognized by NorCal SPJ

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.

AHCJ members Paul Kleyman, the ethnic elders editor at New America Media, and Sarah Varney, of KQED-FM, were recently honored by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in its 2009 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Paul Kleyman (Photo: Frank Klein)

Paul Kleyman (Photo: Frank Klein)

Kleyman, who has dedicated much of his career to in-depth coverage of aging and the elderly, received the Distinguished Service Award. For more than 20 years, he served as editor of Aging Today, the newspaper of the American Society on Aging.

A frequent speaker on the coverage of aging, Kleyman founded and served as national coordinator for Journalists Exchange on Aging, a network of reporters covering aging and health care. The exchange, recently reorganized as the Journalists Network on Generations, delivers a weekly newsletter to 1,100 reporters nationwide.

Sarah Varney

Varney won the broadcast award in the investigative journalism category for “Chemicals at Home – Unknown Substitutes.”

According to SPJ, “Varney’s report revealed that a new state ban on phthalates, used for soft plastic children’s toys in particular, does not address the safety of the chemical substitutes that take their place – and companies aren’t required to identify them. Judges praised the report for embracing the medium of radio along with a subject matter that affects people profoundly.”

Drug company-sponsored training draws fire

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, a  professor in the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication and publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, calls our attention to journalism organizations that accept support from pharmaceutical companies.

Schwitzer reports that, in the latest incident, the National Press Foundation has accepted funding from Pfizer to fund 15 four-day fellowships forquestions-and-money journalists to learn about cancer. Schwitzer read about the fellowships in an e-newsletter he received from the Society of Professional Journalists, something that also gives him pause.

Bob Meyers, president of the National Press Foundation, has responded to Schwitzer’s comments on Jim Romenesko’s blog.

For the record, the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism seek to minimize the possibility and appearance of inappropriate influence from outside parties. Pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and medical device makers are examples of organizations with with AHCJ will not partner. Read AHCJ’s complete fundraising policies.