The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (FIMDM) – the sole source of financial support for HealthNewsReview.org – and I worked with the American Society of News Editors to host a small group of editors in Boston this week for a seminar on health care issues and on improving health care journalism.
Marty Kaiser, editor, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Becky Lang, health/science/environment editor, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Reid Kanaley, Assistant business editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Kathy Spurlock, Executive Editor, The News-Star (Monroe, La.)
Nancy Barnes, Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Chris Cobler, Editor, Victoria (Texas) Advocate
Gideon Gil, Health and Science Editor, The Boston Globe
Charlotte Sutton, Health & Medicine editor, St. Petersburg Times
Richard Karpel, Executive Director, American Society of News Editors
It was a good mix of people in different roles from news organizations large and small and from different parts of the country.
They heard presentations from FIMDM medical editors on controversial issues in prostate cancer screening and treatment, in women’s health issues, in low back pain treatment, and on coverage of drug and device news.
We hope it will be the first of many such events, including future road shows where we will take our message and our workshops on the road directly into news rooms.