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First Do No Harm: International conference on health journalism

Start date: 14/05/14
End date: 16/05/2014

First Do No Harm is a conference about and for health journalism. Hosted by the University of Coventry, this second international conference on health journalism has leading speakers from the UK, Italy, Netherlands, USA, Canada, South Africa, India and Ethiopia and is supported by the National Union of Journalists, Medical Journalists’ Association and European Federation of Journalists.

It will look at the professional realities for reporting on health and covering it in PR, the underlying ethics, editorial responsibilities, and weighing up the often complex and conflicting evidence for health stories; as well as examine how journalists can build an audience via social and other media in this field without making mistakes, and how these pressures and considerations express themselves differently across the world. The use – and misuse – of PR in health will also be outlined, and the critical use of networking will be covered in detail. Each major topic will include a discussion session, so that delegates can air their views and hopefully arrive at conclusions that will help journalists directly.

The conference aims to help working journalists develop professionally, acquire new skills and knowledge, and make new contacts. It is also aimed at offering journalists new story ideas, sources and awareness by acting as the starting point for the development of training, resources and support networks for all journalists and PRs who cover health. The organisers have kept costs deliberately low to encourage as many working journalists as possible.

By drawing together expertise from academic research with health journalists and PRs and encouraging informed debate, it will examine the critical issues affecting health journalism and PR world wide.

The conference is aimed at any journalist or PR who covers health, researchers, media students, and health professionals and managers with an interest in the media.

Registration is now open.

Richard Crossman Building
University of Coventry
Priory Street
Contact: Alan Taman

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