Battered Health Journalists

9 of 10 Would Repeat Career Choice

By Staff Reportersred-appple

According to the Association of Health Care Journalists on March 12, 2009, and on behalf of the Association of Health Care Journalists; a new survey cited newsroom cutbacks, lack of time for research and travel, and fewer opportunities for training at their news organization as factors making their jobs more challenging than ever; so says the recently released survey in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Fewer Drawbacks in Health Reporting

Moreover, while about 3 in 4 respondents said that US journalism was headed in the wrong direction, just more than half felt that way about health journalism. And two-thirds of respondents said health care journalism was headed in the right direction at their media outlet.

A Hardy Career

Fortunately, health journalists are a hardy bunch. Nearly three-quarters of health journalists surveyed said the amount of coverage given to health care topics has stayed the same or increased at their news organization and two-thirds said the quality of coverage has been stable or gotten better over the past few years.



Despite the challenges and the uncertain times, 88 percent of respondents said if they had to make their career choice over again they would still go into health journalism. Interestingly, that was the same percentage of respondents who said they had health insurance.


And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. Does this positive career choice percentage for health journalists match that of physicians today? Was this career choice query even asked of doctors two decades ago?

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2 Responses

  1. Why isn’t ghostwriting plaigiarism?

    Sen. Charles E. Grassley wrote to 10 top medical schools recently to ask what they are doing about professors who put their names on ghostwritten articles in medical journals – and why that practice was any different from plagiarism by students.

    Any comments?


  2. Conflicts of Interest

    John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been covering conflicts of interest in medicine for about two years, during which he has reported on the large sums of money that the University of Wisconsin medical school and dozens of doctors were getting from drug companies.

    He has uncovered links between the university and the marketing of hormones, written about a journal editor who earns royalties from medical devices that appear in his publication and found physicians who don’t adequately disclose their conflicts of interest in journal articles.

    For example, in a recent article for AHCJ, Fauber details what he has learned and how he went about investigating the pervasive influence of drug company money on the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and its doctors.



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