The organizers of WCSJ2017 are pleased to welcome the Association of Health Care Journalists as a program collaborator for the conference.
AHCJ, a U.S.-based member of the World Federation of Science Journalists, will partner with NASW and CASW, the organizations with primary responsibility for organizing the conference. Specifically, AHCJ—through its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism—will organize a health and medicine track running throughout the five-day conference. Sessions will focus on some of the most significant global health issues on which journalists must report.
“AHCJ is looking forward to collaborating on this exciting international training event,” said Len Bruzzese, executive director of AHCJ. “We want to help draw as many health and science writers as possible for the personal development, the professional networking, and the payoff for news and information consumers around the world.”
The 2017 conference theme of “Bridging Science and Societies” points to the vital role journalists play in connecting global audiences to the science, medicine, and technology that affects their lives in a complex and changing world.
“We’re thrilled to have AHCJ joining us in organizing this global conference,” said Ron Winslow, co-chair of the WCSJ2017 Organizing Committee. “AHCJ’s conference programming is always top-notch. This partnership will ensure that the conference includes superb topical sessions for journalists covering global health and medical science.” Winslow is a past president of NASW and was a founding board member of AHCJ. Ivan Oransky, AHCJ vice president, is a member of the WCSJ2017 Organizing Committee, and AHCJ members Alicia Chang and Apoorva Mandavilli serve on the Program Committee.
The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With about 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy, and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources, and a professional home for journalists. Offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.