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Another conflicted journalism training event by the National Press Foundation
On the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, Paul Raeburn writes, “Beware the National Press Foundation’s ‘Tips for High-Fidelity Science Reporting’ webinar.” The announcement by the National Press Foundation states: Any journalist who wants to improve her or his work on scientific topics will benefit from this webinar. It will highlight common challenges in communicating science and […]
Journalists weigh in on Pfizer-pfunded & other pharma-phunded journalism “events”
Andrew Holtz updates us on what he calls Pfizer’s “attempts to co-opt journalists” by sponsoring various journalism “events.” As Holtz notes, it’s an old and sore subject with me. Several concerned journalists within the past two years have criticized the National Press Foundation (NPF) for accepting Pfizer money for all-expenses-paid trips for journalists to come […]10 10/13/2010
Industry influence is "an infection" – international criticism of Pfizer-funded journalism workshops
Next week, the National Press Foundation offers an “all-expenses-paid, educational program on cancer issues” for journalists, with all expenses paid by Pfizer. I’ve written several times about my criticism of this approach. The National Press Foundation has offered to let me speak at next week’s event or at a subsequent all-expenses-paid program for journalists on […]
Pfizer – a Pfriend of Journalists?
Last week journalists got an email from the National Press Foundation (NPF) inviting them to apply for another all-expenses-paid program for which drug company Pfizer is contributing some of the funding. The topic this time is Alzheimer’s Disease – another field in which Pfizer makes products. Readers of this blog know that I have led […]8/23/2010
Here we go again with Pfizer-funded cancer seminar for journalists
I knew about it. But I wasn’t going to write about it because I did last year and my criticism apparently went nowhere. But then a former journalism student, Emma Carew, now at the Star Tribune, tweeted me this morning about the latest round of Pfizer-funded cancer seminars at the National Press Foundation in Washington, […]1
6 reasons journalists should just say no to Mayo Clinic’s latest journalism ‘residency’ program
Craving a trip to Florida in February? If you’re a journalist, the Mayo Clinic has you covered. Once again Mayo is extending an offer to educate health care journalists, this time with what it’s calling a “residency” scheduled for Feb. 24-28 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s described as “a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look […]
‘Ethical bordellos:’ Op-eds don’t always disclose Big Pharma conflicts of interest
Drug companies have been promoting their views on the nation’s op-ed pages via commentary writers who come across as neutral-sounding experts, and editors don’t always call out these industry mouthpieces for what they are. Pharma-friendly guest columns have appeared on editorial pages around the country without disclosure of the authors’ drug industry ties, including the […]2
Non-profit Alliance for Patient Access uses journalists and politicians to push Big Pharma’s agenda
In an era of widespread calls for action to tame skyrocketing prescription drug costs, one organization consistently opposes measures to rein them in: the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA). The AfPA claims it’s trying to ensure patients have access to FDA-approved therapies. However, its track record shows it pushes platforms that help drug companies’ bottom […]7
Conflicts of interest in health care journalism. Who’s watching the watchdogs? We are. Part 1 of 3
Ben Harder, a journalist with US News & World Report, recently tweeted, “Pharma ads subsidize many health reporters’ salaries.” Elisabeth Rosenthal, who now heads Kaiser Health News after a long career with the New York Times, tweeted in that same discussion, “Many of my articles in the NYT carried pop-up ads for pharma. Infuriating.” Many […]11
With media watchdogs on the sidelines, pharma-funded advocacy groups pushed Cures Act to the finish line
The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which sailed through the House of Representatives last week on its way to a future White House signing ceremony, is due in no small measure to the activities of hundreds of patient advocacy groups and assorted other stakeholders that worked in overdrive the past two years pushing […]
High stakes in ballot battle over rising prescription drug costs
Big PhRMA is worried. It has poured an unprecedented amount of cash into defeating a ballot initiative that would take a baby step toward controlling sky-high prices of prescription drugs, for which Americans have spent seven percent more this year than they did in 2015. It was the largest increase in 24 years. Drug makers and […]4
Is it ok for journalists to attend Bayer-funded training on new cancer treatments?
Once again the National Press Foundation’s programs are raising conflict of interest questions for journalists. This time the NPF is sponsoring its seventh training session on covering cancer this month in Washington, and in February there will be another training event on obesity held in Phoenix. Both are enticing. The prospect of lots of story ideas, reporting […]2 3/23/2015
Sponsored journalist training on “precision medicine”: Zeroing in on a conflict of interest
The following is a guest post from Andrew Holtz, one of our longtime contributors, my former colleague at CNN, and a past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. This is at least the sixth time that we have addressed National Press Foundation workshop funding on this site. ———————— The question came from multiple […]1/31/2013
The list of potential conflicts of interest in authors of the NEJM obesity myths paper
A paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity,” drew lots of news attention. The authors reported: We identified seven obesity-related myths concerning the effects of small sustained increases in energy intake or expenditure, establishment of realistic goals for weight loss, rapid weight loss, weight-loss readiness, physical-education classes, breast-feeding, […]10/20/2010
Big Oil, Big Ag, Big Pharma: Are Our Universities Corporate Sellouts?
Journalist Keith Goetzman asks this question on the Utne Reader site. Excerpts: “Are our institutions of higher learning becoming dens of corporate complicity? That’s the thread running through a spate of recent stories that reveal how a trio of heavies–Big Oil, Big Agriculture, and Big Pharma–are pulling strings at U.S. universities. Each tale, on its […]