The Columbia Journalism Review looks at what are at least temporary suspensions of two health journalism graduate programs – at City University of New York and at the University of Minnesota (where I’ve taught for 8 years).
CJR frames this as the irony it is – that institutional/student interest is “Flatlining Despite Healthcare Overhaul” – as the headline reads. So at a time when the need for quality health care journalism is being seen greater than ever, these cutbacks are curious.
The article concludes:
“Whatever the solution may be, one hopes that universities will find it soon. Programs of this sort may disappear, but the need for quality health and medical reporting will not go away.”