Health News Review

From the American Medical Writers Association – 2014. One of its two highest awards “to distinguished leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the field of medical communicated.”  Past recipients include George Lundberg, John K. Iglehart, Anthony Fauci, Art Caplan, Sherwin Nuland, Jerome Groopman and others.

 


Named as one of 25 “Champions of Shared Decision Making” by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, March, 2014. The Foundation stated: “Gary is the visionary behind HealthNewsReview.org, a project dedicated to improving the public dialogue about health care by helping consumers critically analyze claims about interventions and by promoting the principles of shared decision making.  Through HealthNewsReview.org, Gary has greatly helped improve standards for reporting health news and decrease the extent to which medical interventions are inaccurately portrayed and oversold.”


The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

Recognize “novel efforts to involve citizens actively in public issues, to invite their participation and create entry points that stir their imagination and engagement.” The judges wrote: “Strong methodology, great content, and a great service for reporters and the public.”


Healthcare Leadership Awards

Honor “the very best Web sites of healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare associations, online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, suppliers and other healthcare organizations.”


The Mirror Awards

Honor “the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit. Honorees are recognized for news judgment and command of craft in reporting, analysis and commentary.” One of seven winners in the first annual award competition, established by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.


Our Blog

Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview Blog – won the 2009 Best Medical Blog Award in competition hosted by Medgadget.com. The hosts wrote: “Gary has become renowned for his critique of media’s coverage of health care topics. And that’s what his blog is mostly about: checking and correcting the weak, erroneous, and misleading reporting of medical science and industry on TV and in newspapers.”


The editors of the journal PLoS Medicine wrote:

“Schwitzer’s alarming report card of the trouble with medical news stories is thus a wake-up call for all of us involved in disseminating health research-researchers, academic institutions, journal editors, reporters, and media organizations-to work collaboratively to improve the standards of health reporting.”

 

The Canadian Medicine blog said:

“Gary Schwitzer is one of the most astute and intelligent critics of misleading, erroneous and fear-mongering health reporting.”

 

The Seattle Times said:

“Schwitzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on what’s right and wrong about health coverage in the media.”

 

William Heisel, journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, wrote:

“With the creation of HealthNewsReview.org, (Gary Schwitzer) has brought back nightmares of having your work marked up in red and posted on a corkboard for everyone to see.”

 

The top-rated KevinMD.com blog wrote:

“Gary Schwitzer is the foremost health media watchdog, with his organization rigorously monitoring the health content of major media.”

 

Susan Perry, on her MinnPost.com column referred to the HealthNewsReview.org project as:

“indispensable to consumers & journalists”

 

Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

“Calm and thorough analysis of health news journalism from HealthNewsReview.org”

 

Dr. Steven Kussin, Director of The Shared Decision Center, wrote:

“Teaching Literacy and Numeracy…When it comes to the media and medicine, all doctors should suggest patients register at Gary Schwitzer’s site http://www.healthnewsreview.org/ .”

 

Paul Raeburn on the Knight Science Journalism Tracker:

“I’m beginning to think that Schwitzer’s criteria for judging stories ought to be printed on wallet cards for reporters, like Miranda warnings, to remind them what questions to ask. I could use one of those myself.”

American College of Cardiology news release, “What’s Really Good for You: Sorting Out the Medical Research”:

“HealthNewsReview.org provides in-depth analysis of media reports on medical research. On this site, medical writers grade how thoroughly and accurately health research is explained in news reports. While the site is geared toward medical writers, it also provides a framework for consumers interested in a deeper understanding.”

 

 




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