Library Training for Health Journalists

Today is our HealthyState.org event at the Poynter Institute. Rob Logan from the National Library of Medicine had graciously offered to conduct a free workshop for health reporters in central Florida, so I took him up on the offer and put this training together. It seems like an amazing opportunity to learn more about medical journalism. All the HealthyState.org reporters will be there, along with journos from The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times and local tv/radio stations. I will also make a brief presentation at the very end of the session on how to better read medical research reports. Here is what it says on the event flyer :

Every year the Association for Health Care Journalists and the National Library of Medicine award six journalists with a four-day training on how to navigate the Library’s resources and databases, like PubMed, Medline and Clinicaltrials.gov. Rob Logan has condensed this training into a special five-hour presentation for HealthyState.org, who has opened the event to all central Florida health journalists.

To wrap-up, HealthyState.org reporter Euna Lhee will lead a roundtable discussion on HIV and AIDS, highlighting possible story ideas that arose from the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. Lhee will also facilitate a practical exercise analyzing a New England Journal of Medicine report about the 2009 Thailand HIV vaccine trial.

Through this training, HealthyState.org is working to raise the quality of health journalism in Florida.

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This sounds like my idea of fun. I can't wait.