Health journalists on the Internet


AHCJ Blog Tips from The Wall Street Journal's Scott Hensley. Hensley prepared this blog to accompany his presentation on "Multimedia tools for telling stories" at Health Journalism 2008.

"Blogging for journalism" from Mindy McAdams of the University of Florida includes tips on blogging, Powerpoint presentations and links.

For more on using multimedia tools, see the tip sheet "Wading into multimedia" from Health Journalism 2008.

The Kaiser Family Foundation sponsored a discussion about the growing influence of blogs on health news and policy debates.

Twitter for Journalists, or Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Twitter, But Were Afraid to Ask (1 hr 30 min)
Columbia Journalism School presents a briefing on Twitter. How can journalists use it in their day-to-day work? What are best practices for journalists? Whose work is worth, in Twitter terms, worth "following?" The answers to all of these questions via a webcast featuring several technology journalists and Twitter experts.

For links to a collection of health blogs run by news organizations and journalists, please see the blogroll on Covering Health.

If you know of blogs or Twitterers that should be added to our lists, please e-mail them to or tweet them to AHCJ_Pia.

Health journalists  on Twitter:

AHCJ_Pia - Pia Christensen, managing editor/online services for the Association of Health Care Journalists, posts alerts about AHCJ news and features on

WSJHealthBlog - Get updates from The Wall Street Journal's health blog

SciAm - Scientific American Magazine and online

MRSA_blog - Updates from Maryn McKenna's blog about methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)

LizScherer - Flasher, interactive health wordsmith, journo/reporter, web reveler, sometimes rebel.

CNNHealth - Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN

HealthBytesLouisville Courier-Journal reporters Laura Ungar, Darla Carter & Pat Howington offer news and tips on health, wellness, fitness & insurance on their blog.

Kristin_Davis -  Freelances for The Arizona Republic

irenelevine - journalist-author-psychologist

chronicbabe - Jenni Prokopy, writer; editrix of; founder of ideaXchange

Mary Lou Bernardo - health and medical writer with a background in nursing and psychology.

health - Health news from Health News Blog

FamilyDoctorMag - Leigh Ann Hubbard, editor of James Hubbard's My Family Doctor magazine: health advice written by medical experts for the general public.

This is a list of newspapers and journalists on Twitter.

Health-related government agencies or organizations on Twitter:

This HHS page offers an excellent listing of health-related Twitter feeds from the Office of the Secretary, NIH, FDA, CDC and more.

ahcancal - Get text updates on long term care from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living.

Others who may be of interest to health journalists:

newswiserogerNewswise President and Founder

childhealthdata - Data Resource Center provides children's health, national and state data, children with special health care needs, NSCH, NS-CSHCN, maternal & child health, free online data resource

hnhnetwork - Health News Headlines is a website that highlights daily headlines from the health industry.

This list of doctors, medical students and medicine-related tweets and blogs/Web sites is maintained by a medical student.

A list of U.S. hospitals that use YouTube, Facebook or Twitter 

TwitterPack is an extensive directory, not limited to health or journalists.