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Health Journalism 2011: Mentors wanted

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Are you an experienced health care reporter or editor willing to share what you've learned over the years? We are looking for experienced members planning to attend Health Journalism 2011 in Philadelphia (April 14-17) who would be willing to sit down and talk with journalists who are newer to health journalism. Mentors should be able to offer advice on a range of levels including developing health coverage, cultivating sources, coming up with story ideas, writing longer articles, working with editors, landing the next job and more.

During the conference, mentors and mentees will meet at or near our conference hotel-at a location and time of your choice. We are asking mentors to commit to up to an hour with their mentees at the conference.  If mentor/mentee teams want to continue to work together after the conference, that's fine, but there is no obligation.   

As much as possible, mentors will be linked to mentees with common interest areas. For example, a business health writer will be linked with someone with a business background, a science writer with a peer who has a science background, etc. 

AHCJ will provide contact information for mentor/mentee pairings shortly before the conference to allow mentors and mentees to select convenient times to meet. There are plenty of casual seating areas scattered around the hotel, as well as a bar, restaurant and coffee bar. We will also invite mentees to send mentors copies of some clips and/or discussion topics before their meetings to make their discussions more fruitful.

AHCJ's goal has always been to provide ways for journalists to help other journalists.  We can only serve as many mentees as there are mentors willing to serve, so please consider becoming a volunteer mentor and sharing your experience.

If interested, please contact us by: March 4.  Please send your e-mail address, phone number and general areas of expertise to:  mentor@healthjournalism.org

THANK YOU.

NOTE: THE OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A MENTOR WILL BE OFFERED ON THE CONFERENCE PAGE STARTING MARCH 7.