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Beyond newsstands: how to expand your freelance business through niche publications


There is a whole world of potential clients for freelancers to tap beyond newspapers, general interest science and health magazines, women's magazines and other traditional consumer publications. Trade groups publish magazines for members, companies for customers and universities for alums. Media conglomerates may have a stable of specialized publications targeting various professional groups.

Many are looking for talented freelance writers to fill out the pages, whether digital or print. In this AHCJ webinar, freelance members will learn where to find niche publications and the pros and cons of working for them. They will get advice on pitching and introducing themselves to editors. They'll learn about potential conflicts of interest if writing for both niche and consumer publications. And they will be able to ask questions of the panelists, two editors and one freelancer who earns six figures by including non-consumer publications among her clients.

Covering Coronavirus: Street Reporting Without the Street

Digital journalism expert Amara Aguilar will provide a hands-on tour of at least three tools, provide resources for health reporters working remotely, and offer tips for reporting on hard-to-reach communities.

Covering Coronavirus: Life and Death Decisions

As the COVID-19 crisis sweeps the nation, we'll look at the hard decisions hospitals must make, and what questions journalists should ask health systems to gauge their preparedness on rationing care and do-not-resuscitate orders. Palliative care specialist and author Dr. Sunita Puri will join the Center for Health Journalism for a moderated discussion.

Covering Coronavirus: A Top Reporter's Daily Routine

Audiences everywhere are desperate for updates and accurate information amid a growing backdrop of fear and uncertainty. Journalists tell us they are seeking ways to get beyond breaking news to tell deeper stories on an unfamiliar topic. So, how do we sort through this overwhelming rush of sometimes contradictory information?

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Annual Scientific Meeting
  03/14/14 - 03/17/14 Orlando, FL

The meeting will focus on evidence-based treatments of late-life mental illness, specifically with a focus on empowering health care providers, patients, and families with the information and tools they need for quality mental health care.

Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
  02/20/14 - 02/22/14 Chicago, IL

The 149th annual society meeting will feature lectures, demonstrations, courses and a trade show with 600 exhibit booths at Chicago's McCormick Place West.

Last day to pay for insurance for enrollment

Dec. 23 is the last day consumers who do not have Medicare or employer-sponsored insurance have to enroll for health insurance online if they expect to be enrolled in a plan under the Affordable Care Act on Jan. 1, 2014.

Medical Care and Medical Ethics at Guantanamo Conference
  12/02/13 Washington, DC

A conference co-sponsored by The Constitution Project and Global Lawyers and Physicians at Boston University School of Public Health. Participants will include physicians, medical ethicists and others. Discussions will examine obstacles said to impede physicians’ ability to deliver medical care to Guantanamo detainees. The conference will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

IAGG-GARN International Conference on Nursing Homes
  11/22/13 - 11/23/13 St. Louis, MO

Despite the increase of both the aging population and the number of institutionalized older people, clinical research on nursing homes is still scarce. The improvement of the quality of care in nursing homes will rely on the evidence from research performed in these settings, their feasibility in real life and the successful dissemination of clinical evidences. The International Conference on Nursing Homes offers an opportunity to learn and share ideas, and promote knowledge among researchers.

Consumer Experience Forum
  11/20/13 - 11/21/13 Chicago, IL

Health plan executives will outline strategies plans use as they adopt retail sales and marketing strategies. In this conference is sponsored by America’s Health Insurance Plans, health plan administrators will outline consumer engagement strategies. Among the featured speakers will be Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization seeking to enroll the uninsured in health insurance plans.

AHIP Operations and Technology Forum
  11/18/13 - 11/20/13 Chicago, IL

During the AHIP Operations and Technology Forum health plan executives will outline the operational and technical challenges health plans in the health insurance marketplaces. The forum is sponsored by the Association of Health Insurance Plans. Speakers will outline strategies health plans are using to market plans on the exchanges and the methods used increase consumer engagement. Among the feature speakers will be Steven Brill, author of the cover story for Time magazine in March, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” and Judith Hibbard, a senior researcher and professor emerita at the University of Oregon, who has worked on the Patient Activation Measure (PAM), which health plans use to characterize how engaged patients are in their care.

Clinical Trials Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease
  11/14/13 - 11/16/13 San Diego, CA

The 6th annual CtaD conference will relate experiences from international teams covering every stage of clinical trials in Alzheimer’s Disease. From animal models to human trials, CtaD 2013 provides an opportunity to learn about the latest results on new therapies in development, advances in fundamental research, biomarker validation, PET imaging and cognitive assessments.

Keynotes and symposia will also cover internet screening of cognition to recruit for clinical trials, designing drug trials taking into account neuropsychiatric symptoms of AD, Down syndrome and AD as well as ethical issues and methodological considerations.

NCQA’s Eighth Annual Policy Conference
  11/08/13 Washington, DC

At this conference, the nation’s top health care leaders will discuss next steps in health reform. Journalists can attend the conference in person or via live streaming online.

November’s “Drink to your health” gathering
  11/06/13 New York, NY

Health journalists in New York get together to chat about science, health care and journalism.

National Association of Home Care and Hospice annual meeting
  10/31/13 - 11/03/13 Washington, DC

Attendees of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice's annual meeting will hear about 2013 as a key year to focus on the particular needs of home care and hospice providers. With the future of Medicare at stake, NAHC members will strategize and share stories with key stakeholders about the impact  only hospice and home care providers can make. Contact: Barbara Wooley, PR & Marketing, NAHC,

The Next Wave of Wellness and Disease Management Strategies for Health Plans
  10/29/13 Washington, DC

This conference will address the challenges wellness programs and disease managers face from employers and health plans today.

World Arthritis Day
  10/12/13 - 10/12/13

World Arthritis Day, was established in 1996, joins together people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases from around the world to raise awareness and reduce the impact of  arthritis. For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation, 404-965-7595,

Bone and Joint Health National Action Week
  10/12/13 - 10/20/13

The U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative promotes this annual Bone and Joint Health National Action Week, which focuses on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The events and projects organized by individuals and organizations worldwide are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments as well as advances in a number of areas. Contact: Toby King, 847-430-5053 


National Depression Screening Day
  10/11/13 - 10/11/13

National Depression Screening Day is the nation’s oldest, voluntary, community-based screening program for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The event gives people access to a validated screening questionnaire and provides referral information for treatment. More information: Angela Devereaux, Screening for Mental Health Inc., 781-239-0071,

Annual Health Policy Forum
  10/09/13 St. Louis, MO

The keynote speaker will be Don Berwick, M.D.,, former administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass.

Creating a Culture of Wellness & Health
  10/09/13 - 10/09/13 Chicago, IL

Wellness and human resources executives will discuss, debate and exchange ideas on the impact of strong culture of health in the workplace on employee productivity and costs.

Advanced Old Age In America: What Can We Count On?
  09/26/13 Washington, DC

The Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness roundtable features an all-star lineup of gerontologists, policy analysts, nonprofit and political stakeholders. 

Experts on aging will debate a wide range of issues, including costs, social service needs, caregiver shortage, needs of elderly experiencing cognitive decline, policy strategies and the role of local coalitions, commissions, and communities in our aging nation.

For those who can’t make it in person, the roundtable is also available via live webcast (register in advance).

Webinar: Coordinating Public Sector Health Care Purchasing

Learn how California state entities can influence health care cost and value from Michael Bailit, M.B.A., of Bailit Health Purchasing and author of "All Together Now: Coordinating California's Public Sector Health Care Purchasing."

Institute for Oral Health (IOH) National Conference: Impact of Policy on Oral Health Care Delivery
  09/12/13 - 09/13/13 Washington, DC

Conference speakers will discuss the evolving dental profession, policy changes to support oral health, the economic impact of untreated oral health and innovative delivery models for getting care to those in need.

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Webinar: Helping consumers understand what they will pay in the new marketplaces

The second webinar in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s series looks at insurance rates and plan offerings in the new state-based marketplaces.

Florida Council on Aging
  08/12/13 - 08/14/13 Orlando, FL

Changing Aging: Administators and employees of aging services organizations including healthcare, long term care, day care, policy. Sessions on topics such as integrative care partnerships, sustainable living, and managed care.

The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  08/06/13 - 08/08/13 Vancouver

The conference will showcase innovative programs and approaches dedicated to collaboration among health care professionals, patients, residents in long-term care communities, and families and other care partners.

National Senior Center Month
  08/01/13 - 08/31/13

This is an extended celebration sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Senior centers throughout the U.S. are planning promotional events to get the word out about their services to local communities and shine a positive light on aging. There will be plenty of local tie-ins for reporters.

Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD) 31st Annual Symposium
  08/01/13 - 08/03/13 Philadelphia, PA

The theme of this year’s conference is “Enhancing the Vision of Sports Dentistry.”

Covering Medicare: Care, Costs, Control and Consequences
  05/05/13 - 05/07/13 St. Petersburg, FL

Covering Medicare is a three-day workshop aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of Medicare reform, economics, health-quality initiatives and the impact on local communities. Attendees will learn about the most pressing Medicare issues from industry experts, those on the front lines of change in the program and journalists covering the topic.

Elder Abuse and its Prevention: Institute of Medicine Workshop
  04/17/13 - 04/18/13 Washington, DC

This two-day public workshop will explore the global burden and impact of elder abuse on families, individual, communities, and societies. Multi-faceted, evidence-based approaches to preventing elder violence will be presented.

Missouri Foundation for Health's 2010 Health Summit
  12/08/10 Chesterfield, MO

AHCJ board member Julie Appleby, a health reporter at Kaiser Health News, will be a panelist on "Breaking News: Media's Role in Health Care Reform" at this event. She will join Noam Levey, a health reporter in the Los Angeles Times' Washington D.C. bureau, and Jo Mannies, a reporter for the St. Louis Beacon and other speakers yet to be announced.

How Scientific Journals and Societies Use Embargoes to Manipulate the Flow of Scientific Information
  11/02/10 Madison, WI

Ivan Oransky, M.D., an AHCJ board member and executive editor of Reuters Health, will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison as biomedical writer in residence. He will meet with students, visit classes and give a public talk entitled "This Talk Is Not Embargoed: How Scientific Journals and Societies Use Embargoes to Manipulate the Flow of Scientific Information."