Raising Women’s Voices

The State of Health Care Journalism

Posted in Reports and Studies by raisingwomensvoices on March 12, 2009

As President Obama and policy makers plan a major overhaul of health care, health journalists are now facing obstacles attempting to report new policies due to cutbacks.

health-care-journalist1According to a new survey and report done by the Kaiser Family Foundation in conjunction with the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), financial pressures and competition to break news on the internet about both new and expanding platforms are affecting the quality of health reporting.

Those surveyed admitted worries about the lack of in-depth reporting as well as influence of public relations and advertising on online reports. They also lamented the increasing trend of “quick hit” stories, and the plentiful coverage of consumer health and subsequent meager coverage of policy health.

The survey, report and webcast are all available online

sara siegel

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