Health in the Headlines: Schedule

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Coventry University

Thursday, June 23

Facilitator: Sue Lister, senior lecturer health management, Coventry University

9 a.m.

Coffee and registration

10 a.m.

Welcome & opening remarks

  • John Lister, senior lecturer, health journalism, Coventry University; conference organizer

10:25 a.m.

Raising standards in health journalism

  • Afrodite Veloudaki, director, Health Reporter Training project (HeaRT)

  • Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica; president, Association of Health Care Journalists

  • John Illman, immediate past president, Medical Journalists Association

11.25 a.m.


11.45 a.m.

Plenary workshop 1: Case studies

  • News in the making: Features and changes in health coverage in Portugal
    Rita Araújo, Communication and Society Research Center, University of Minho

  • Representation of 'health' in Estonian daily news flow and how this affects health journalism education
    Halliki Harro-Loit
    Hans Orru, HeaRT project, University of Tartu

  • The importance of specialization in health for journalists: The Spanish case
    Esther Paniagua, international relations coordinator, Spanish National Association of Health Informers

12:30 p.m.


12:45 p.m.


2 p.m.

Understanding how NICE works globally

  • Françoise Cluzeau, senior adviser, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

2:35 p.m.

Critical health reporting

  • Pressing for accuracy, balance and completeness in health and medical journalism
    Gary Schwitzer, publisher,

  • This talk is not embargoed: How scientific journals and societies use embargoes to manipulate the flow of scientific information
    Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor Reuters Health

3:25 p.m.

Tea Break

3:50 p.m.

Discussion groups on critical health reporting

4:40 p.m.

Parallel sessions: The impact of media images

  • Urban myths of childbearing
    Helen Bottom, senior lecturer, midwifery, Anglia University

  • Issues in care of the elderly
    Richenda Power, independent journalist

  • How the media depict dominant representations of Greek society on the problem of child abuse and neglect
    Anna Salvanou, Institute of Child Health, Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare, Athens

5:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

Conference dinner at AQUA

Friday June 24

9 a.m.


9:30 a.m.

Reporting health reforms

  • The attack on Medicare
    Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor, Columbia Journalism Review

  • New media and the Obama reforms
    Shelly Stevenson, associate lecturer in broadcast journalism, Coventry University

  • The future of the Italian health care system
    Gianluca Brutomesco, independent journalist

  • Getting a complex message across
    Ian Parker, political and communications adviser to John Healey MP (Labour), shadow health secretary, Westminster

  • Media coverage of England's health reforms
    John Lister, Coventry University

11 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Short tea break

11:30 a.m.

Plenary workshop 2: Case studies

  • Swine flu and Twitter: What important web resources were popular on Twitter at the height of the pandemic?
    Connie St. Louis, science journalism program director, City University, London

  • Urinary tract infections in the elderly: Prevention and treatment of this commonest infection. Creams or cranberries?
    Angela Kilmartin, health journalist

  • Vitamin D and sunshine: A campaign challenging health dogma
    Oliver Gillie, independent journalist


12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Plenary workshops 3

  • Investigative health journalism
    Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica; president, Association of Health Care Journalists

  • Best practices in blogging and social media
    Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor Reuters Health; blogger, Embargo Watch and Retraction Watch

2:10 p.m.


2:40 p.m.

Staffing levels and professional standards in journalism
Donnacha De Long, president, National Union of Journalists

3 p.m.

Closing remarks
from AHCJ, MJA, HeaRT and Coventry University

3:30 p.m.