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So what do medicine and journalism have in common? Some reflections in response to Katharine Viner’s lecture

If you haven’t already had the chance to read this lecture on the changing nature of journalism, delivered last month by Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, it is well worth taking the time to do so. Viner’s description of journalism as a behaviour and “as something you do, not something [...]

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Community-based journalism meets community health: Meet some of the mojos from Cherbourg

A mobile journalism (Mojo) program has been running at the Cherbourg community in south-east Queensland (some more details in this ABC report). Below are reports on: The Deadly Ears program, by mojo Shaya Watson. ***

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If we weren’t so busy calling a horse race, how might we cover health in the run-up to the federal election?

It’s hard to turn a corner these days without running into someone who’s unhappy about mainstream media reporting of politics, and the lack of investigation and analysis of important policy matters. These are global concerns, however, as Professor Robert Picard, Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of [...]

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From the perfect job to an endangered species: the demise of science journalism and why it matters

Last year, I lamented the departure from the Australian media industry of many journalists with a wealth of experience in reporting on health, medicine and science. One of the journalists then mentioned, science writer and broadcaster Leigh Dayton, writes below that science journalism is in decline globally. Perhaps this is one of the reasons we [...]

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Announcing a new Croakey service, reporting on the National Rural Health Conference

This post is announcing a new development at Croakey: the launch of a service to provide news reports from public health and health policy conferences. I am delighted that the National Rural Health Alliance has agreed to trial the service at the 12th National Rural Health Conference, to be held in Adelaide from 7-10 April. [...]

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Efforts to minimise harm from media reporting of Breivik trial may have wider application

The trial in Norway of Anders Behring Breivik for the murder of 77 people is generating some useful reflection about the role of media at times like this, and what can be done to minimise the suffering of those exposed to related coverage. If you’ve been following the tweets of Trygve Sorvaag (see a selection [...]

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Media Doctor Australia puts out a call for help

In the previous post, Gary Schwitzer gave an overview of an impressive upgrade to the HealthNewsReview website in the US. In the article below, Dr Amanda Wilson describes the funding constraints upon the equivalent organisation in Australia, the prize-winning Media Doctor Australia, which faces an uncertain future. *** Any ideas for who might like to [...]

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Medicines Australia: concerns about conflict of interest are overblown (and besides, we’ve got a great story to tell)

Dr Brendan Shaw, chief executive of Medicines Australia, writes: There has been some discussion over the past week about News Ltd’s commercial arrangement with Medicines Australia to promote the value of The Australian Medicines Industry. Some of it warrants clarification. An important part of Medicines Australia’s job in representing the Australian medicines industry is ensuring [...]

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Doing the dance: journalism and pharma

Further to recent discussions about the sponsorship deal between Medicines Australia and The Australian, journalist Ray Moynihan has a column examining some of the related issues in the BMJ, Is journalism the drug industry’s new dance partner? The column begins: Just as many doctors contemplate an end to their dance with drug company marketers, a [...]

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The potential pitfalls of special deals between media and pharma

Further to recent discussions about Medicines Australia’s sponsorship of The Health of the Nation series in The Australian, Dr Tim Woodruff investigates some of the wider issues raised by the industry’s marketing campaign. *** Why the arrangement gives cause for concern Tim Woodruff writes: The problem is not the content. The problem is the future. [...]

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