Health journalism

Two more medical organizations recognize AHCJ membership as credential – Health Article

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. Photo: Luis Quintero via Pexels The Association of Health Care Journalists has secured two recent successes in its ongoing effort to persuade medical societies to allow freelance journalists to use membership in AHCJ as a credential to attend meetings and media briefings. The…

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Welcome AHCJ’s newest members | Association of Health Care Journalists – Health Article

About Len Bruzzese Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism. Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves. Aaliyah Bowden, student, North Carolina Central University, Jacksonville, N.C. (@AaliyahCBowden) Arefa Cassoobhoy, senior medical…

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AHCJ backs public data about COVID-19 hospitalizations – Health Article

Photo: Norman Mosjos via Flickr The Association of Health Care Journalists strongly urges the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to keep public all data related to COVID-19 hospitalizations and to post the numbers as soon as they are available. The Trump administration ordered hospitals to stop reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send patient information to a central database in Washington, D.C., starting this week. The data tracks hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients,…

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Membership selects new board members for 2020-2021 – Health Article

About Len Bruzzese Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism. Joyce Frieden, Washington editor at MedPage Today, and Keren Landman, M.D., a freelance journalist based in Atlanta, join four incumbents in being seated on the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2020-21 board of directors. Incumbents starting a new term…

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Welcome to AHCJ’s newest members – Health Article

About Len Bruzzese Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism. Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves. Katy Burnell Evans, health reporter, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va. (@kburnellevans) Miriam Calleja Shaw, independent…

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Welcome the newest members of AHCJ – Health Article

About Len Bruzzese Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism. Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves. Cathie Anderson, health care reporter, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif. Pauline Arrillaga, professor of…

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What you need to know about freelancer legislation in 2020 – Health Article

About Carolyn Crist Carolyn Crist (@cristcarolyn) helps AHCJ’s freelance members find the resources, tips and contacts they need to create and run a successful business. A freelance journalist and author, Crist covers health, medicine and science stories for national news outlets such as Reuters, Runner’s World and Parade. She also writes for trade and custom publications. Contact her at carolyn@healthjournalism.org. By now, you’ve likely heard about the independent contractor bills in several states that could derail how freelance writers do…

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New BMJ resource connects health journalists to established experts – Health Article

Photo: Ann Larie Valentine via Flickr The British Medical Association’s BMJ, one of the oldest and most respected family of medical journals, has launched a tool to better connect journalists with editors at The BMJ’s 70 or so journals. The BMJ journals are peer reviewed, so there’s quality control and reliable standards at a time when non peer-reviewed and ethically questionable journals are popping up in our online searches. The journal has set up an online request link – fill…

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Freelance journalists sue California over new AB 5 law – Health Article

About Carolyn Crist Carolyn Crist (@cristcarolyn) helps AHCJ’s freelance members find the resources, tips and contacts they need to create and run a successful business. A freelance journalist and author, Crist covers health, medicine and science stories for national news outlets such as Reuters, Runner’s World and Parade. She also writes for trade and custom publications. Contact her at carolyn@healthjournalism.org. Two of the leading national journalism organizations that serve freelance writers, editors, photographers and visual journalists filed a lawsuit on…

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Year-end wrap-up: What your colleagues are reading – Health Article

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. We’re closing in on the end of the year and the inevitable annual lists. We thought this would be a good time to review the blog posts written this year that got the most views. It turns out they cover a wide swath…

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Welcome AHCJ’s newest members | Association of Health Care Journalists – Health Article

About Len Bruzzese Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism. Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves. Cathie Anderson, health care reporter, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif. Helene Engler, independent journalist,…

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Pitching stories during the holidays: Should you do it? – Health Article

About Carolyn Crist Carolyn Crist (@cristcarolyn) helps AHCJ’s freelance members find the resources, tips and contacts they need to create and run a successful business. A freelance journalist and author, Crist covers health, medicine and science stories for national news outlets such as Reuters, Runner’s World and Parade. She also writes for trade and custom publications. Contact her at carolyn@healthjournalism.org. The holiday season is close, which could mean a well-earned time to take a break. For some freelance writers, though,…

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Can agencies stop employees from talking to media? Brechner Center says no  – Health Article

About Madeline Laguaite Madeline Laguaite (@MLaguaite) is pursuing her master’s degree in health and medical journalism at the University of Georgia. Her area of interest is stories about LGBTQ health and mental health. Public employees have the right to speak to the press without going through the boss, but workplace gag orders continue to violate their freedom of speech, says a report from The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a nonprofit educational center. The findings could have particular implications for…

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Get involved: Run for a spot on AHCJ’s board of directors – Health Article

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. Candidacy statements for AHCJ’s annual board elections are now being accepted. Each year, members in AHCJ’s professional category elect members for the association board of directors. (Associate and allied members cannot run for election or cast ballots.) Six of the 12… This is only a…

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