WASHINGTON — How can a start-up global health NGO get its work featured in the press?
(Answer: Don’t use “academese,” but do send your peer-reviewed paper.)
How can medical students seeking to do video reporting get their foot in the door?
(Answer: Pick a narrow topic, make sure editorial and technical standards are up to par.)
And why doesn’t veteran reporter Don McNeil tweet? (Answer: He’s concerned his candor would be too much.)
These were among the questions raised by audience members at a panel discussion called “How the Media Chooses Global Health Stories” held on Monday at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) meeting.
It’s not often I get the chance to step outside of my day-to-day role as journalist and editor to reflect on how I cover global health—or to connect with those who are making similar editorial decisions every day. But participating in the panel, I was able to do just that.
Joining me for the discussion were New York Times global health correspondent McNeil, NPR senior health editor Joe Neel, and Kaiser Family Foundation director of global health and HIV policy Jen Kates. The conference was organized by CUGH, a coalition of universities seeking to share expertise and best practices in order to better address global health problems.