The American public relies heavily on the media to obtain information and analysis about health and health care issues. Unfortunately, most reporters who cover health and health care are undertrained in reporting on these often complex issues. Currently, there are limited options for reporters who wish to gain expertise in reporting on health or health care, short of taking a leave of absence to earn an advanced degree. This grant provides support for on-demand services for the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, which provides print, broadcast and electronic journalists with professional development tools and resources to improve the quality, accuracy and relevance of coverage of health and health care issues. The project will be considered successful if it provides journalists with the tools to understand and report on health issues more effectively. The project will be evaluated through annual print or online surveys with journalists who avail themselves of the Center's offerings and through collecting and cataloging participants' news stories to assess improvements in the quality of coverage and attitudes about health reporting. Measures of longer-term success will include continued use of the resources by journalists.
Amount Awarded $374,204.00
Awarded on: 4/5/2005
Time frame: 4/15/2005 - 12/31/2009
Grant Number: 52326