Educational Institutions

Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

  • Columbia, MO
  • www.healthjournalism.org

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism is to ensure that journalists are properly trained to cover news events, trends, and issues in all aspects of health care journalism, including the business of health care, public policy, medical research, medical practice, consumer health issues, public health, health law, and ethics. The core principles guiding the Center are:

That journalists who are properly trained can better convey the complex dimensions of health care challenges and issues in the United States and the world.

That news coverage about health and health care must remain independent. It must analyze health care issues with fairness, accuracy, and balance.

That high-quality journalism about health and health care issues can increase the capacity of citizens and policymakers to adopt health care policies that can improve the health of all citizens.

That high-quality journalism about health and health care issues can improve the ability of citizens to make wise decisions about behaviors that promote health, treatment options, and their choice of health care providers.

Main Programs

  1. Website Core Curriculum
  2. Regional Health Journalism Fellowship Program
  3. AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance
  4. AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships
  5. AHCJ-National Library of Medicine Journalism Fellowships
Service Areas

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International

Training workshops and fellowships offered primarily in United States, but responding to increasing interest internationally.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2005

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Len Bruzzese

Keywords

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journalism, health, journalists, media, communication, news, medical

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EIN

41-1908032

 Number

8040082015

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

Professional Societies, Associations (H03)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Website Core Curriculum

The Center is building Web portals to specific topics of importance to health journalists - topics reporters need to know how to report in order to cover the health beat regularly. Each topic area is being funded separately and entails hiring well-regarded freelancers to work with web editors to write, edit, assign and collate materials to fill the topic area.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 2

Regional Health Journalism Fellowship Program

This competitive program picks a dozen journalists each year from a different region of the country to take part in customized training aimed at deepening their understanding of significant health issues and ability to report on them. Training consists of numerous events over a year, mentoring and access to  resources while the journalists continue working.

The aim of the program is to provide already-established journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues.

Although time out of their home newsrooms will be kept to a minimum, potential fellows should receive backing from their employers before applying. Training will amount to about two weeks spread over a year's time. In return, employers can count on a more confident, skilled, connected reporter or editor delivering more powerful health-related stories to their communities. The fellowship will cover travel, lodging and most meals, along with association membership and any registration fees.

The training will be delivered through AHCJ's Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, based at the Missouri School of Journalism. The program is a joint project with the Kansas Health Institute and the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$144,000.00

Program 3

AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance

The AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance is a 10-month program allowing mid-career journalists to pursue a significant reporting project examining health care systems. The reporters continue working their regular jobs and pursue the project with the support of their newsrooms, which will publish or air the projects. Freelancers are welcome to apply.

Guidance is provided through customized seminars on health performance, conference calls and e-mail consultations with AHCJ fellowship leaders. Financial support is provided to attend the seminars, the annual AHCJ conference and a regional workshop, as well as membership in AHCJ. Fellows may tap financial support for field reporting site visits, health data or other research needs related to the project.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships

The Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – with the support of the CDC Foundation – for this national fellowship program for journalists. A group of fellows is chosen to spend a week studying a variety of public health issues at two CDC campuses.

The AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows:

·         attend sessions on epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, pandemic flu preparedness, climate change, vaccine safety, obesity, autism and more

·         tour the CDC director's National Emergency Operations Center

·         meet new sources on policy and research

·         learn how to tap the agency's abundant resources to produce better stories

The competitive fellowships are supported by the CDC Foundation and are open to professional journalists working in the United States.

The fellowships include membership, travel, lodging and meals.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 5

AHCJ-National Library of Medicine Journalism Fellowships

The Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with the National Library of Medicine to present the AHCJ-NLM Fellowships. AHCJ selects a group of journalists to spend a week on the campus of the National Institutes of Health.

The selected journalists:

·         Learn how to explore the latest NIH research

·         Learn to understand and interpret biomedical statistics

·         Take advantage of NLM's data, programs and resources for stronger stories

·         Get hands-on training in PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, ToxNet and Household Products Database

Fellowship includes membership, travel expenses, lodging and stipend.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$30,000.00

Service Areas

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International

Training workshops and fellowships offered primarily in United States, but responding to increasing interest internationally.

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CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH CARE JOURNALISM
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

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Principal Officer

Len Bruzzese

BIO

Len Bruzzese is executive director of AHCJ and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, as well as an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. He also serves on the executive committee of the Council of National Journalism Organizations. He joined AHCJ in 2005 after seven years as deputy director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is co-author of "The Investigative Reporter's Handbook" (fourth edition), the winner of several newspaper and magazine editing awards and has been named Outstanding Alumnus in Journalism by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before moving into the nonprofit world, he worked in daily journalism for 20 years, including writing, editing and management stints at USA Today, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), the Pensacola News Journal and Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C., finally serving as editor of The Olympian in Olympia, Wash.

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BOARD CHAIR

Charles Ornstein

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