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First do no harm ...

Second International Conference on Health Journalism

14-16 May, Coventry

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  • Health is a massive area - almost every outlet, in any medium, covers health in some way.
  • Health services are increasingly under pressure world wide: the NHS is facing huge cuts and sweeping changes, many of them with no political mandate.
  • Journalists are increasingly asked to 'cover health' with no training or support.
  • Specialists are asked to do more and more in less time - relying increasingly on the press release with less time for corroboration: the risk of churnalism
  • PR is a growing area in healthcare - as more private firms bid for lucrative health contracts. Just as public budgets are being cut and pressures on journalists are growing.
  • Is this 'the perfect storm' for this vital area of journalism?
  • How will this affect the reporting of health?
  • What are the risks for 'another Mid Staffs' (where lives were lost through management obsession over financial targets) being missed?
  • How can 'the beleaguered generalist' and the freelance be best prepared and supported to ask the right questions, and get the right answers?
  • Can PR for health be ethical - and how could you tell?
These are just some of the questions this unique and ground-breaking international conference addresses. Aimed squarely at working journalists as well as media educators and students of journalism, and with a predetermined focus on practical outcomes to help them, the conference has an impressive range of journalists, academics and educators in this field from the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and South Africa. Speakers include:

  • ANDRÉ PICARD, Toronto Globe and Mail
  • NORALOU ROOS, (University of Manitoba) - Evidencenetwork.ca
  • DAVID SECKO, (Concordia University, Montreal) Evidencenetwork.ca
  • PROFESSOR HARRY DUGMORE, Discovery Centre for Health Journalism, Rhodes University South Africa
  • TRUDY LIEBERMAN, former president, Association of Health Care Journalists
  • IVAN ORANSKY, Global Editorial Director medpagetoday.com; Vice President of AHCJ
  • JOHN FAUBER, award-winning health reporter Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • ALASTAIR MCLELLAN, editor, Health Service Journal
  • ANNA WAGSTAFF, Assistant Editor, Cancer World
  • ROY LILLEY, management expert and most influential British blogger on health
  • SIR IAIN CHALMERS, James Lind Initiative, testingtreatments.org
  • RINKE VAN DEN BRINK, senior health editor of NOS News, Netherlands
  • AMELIA BELTRAMINI, managing editor at Focus, Italy's top selling popular science magazine
  • SHAUN LINTERN, Health Service Journal, who broke story on Mid Staffordshire Hospitals
  • ALAN TAMAN, NUJ Public Relations and Communications Council member, former NHS PR
  • MOHGA KAMAL-YANNI, Oxfam Health Policy Advisor
  • JOHN LISTER, campaigner and author/editor First do no harm (forthcoming)
EARLY BIRD rates - book before April 14:
  • £150 for UK staff journalists and educators.
  • £60 for freelance and non-UK journalists.
  • £30 for students.
Supported by the Medical Journalists Association, the NUJ and European Federation of Journalists.

Major new eBook of the same name - First, Do No Harm by Libri Publishing - written for journalists and launched at the conference. Most of the authors will be there.

Be there - make the difference

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Download the conference agenda

Dr John Lister 07774 264112

Alan Taman 07870 757309

Materials on Reporting Health

The new NHS: dilemmas and issues for journalists

Reporting on our Health Services

A well-attended NUJ masterclass held in the NUJ's Headland House on 11 April 2013. 34 people were there, including speakers

Speakers (in agenda order)

DR JOHN LISTER, senior lecturer in health journalism, Coventry University; director, London Health Emergency (Chair)
SHAUN LINTERN, Health Service Journal reporter; former Express & Star reporter, Stafford
BRANWEN JEFFRYS, BBC health correspondent
DR PAUL BRADSHAW, senior lecturer in online journalism, Birmingham City University; organiser, Help Me Investigate

HeaRT (Health Reporter Training) project closes

but resources still available

Third and final HeaRT newsletter

ALSO now available

Edited podcast videos of two of the workshop sessions:

  • Reporting on Quality in Healthcare (Professor Sue Lister)
  • Reporting Statistics for Health Journalists Dr David Schley (Royal Statistical Society).
Click here to access these resources

The success of the project (key to the prospects of securing more funding to take the project further and developing more workshops on mental health, care of the elderly and other issues) depends upon registering 'hits' on the official HeaRT website at http://www.project-heart.eu and in particular its e-learning tools.

These are free to use for anyone who simply logs in and secures a password.

Please log in to the site, and fill in the brief questionnaire.

Pass on the details to colleagues.

ONLINE RESOURCES for training and development of skills and knowledge for Health Journalists

Training sessions London and Coventry
June 11-12 and 14-15 2012
(video links to follow)

  • Reporting on the Business & Economics of Health Care
  • Medical Research and Science
  • Health Care Quality and Performance
  • Health Policy: reporting government health reforms
  • Understanding hospital and other financial reports
  • Reporting on Global Health
  • How to evaluate conflicts of interest
  • Statistical awareness for health journalists

Further links and sources on HeaRT training topics

  • Data mining for health journalists
  • How to map health conditions
  • How to search for medical information
  • How to report opinion polls
  • How to understand statistics

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