Reporters and Editors are Invited to Apply for 2008 "Medicine
in the Media" Course
Medicine in the Media:
The Challenge of Reporting
on Medical Research
May 5-7, 2008
Hanover, New Hampshire
Apply online: http://medmediacourse.nih.gov
Deadline: February 29, 2008
About the Course
Now in its seventh year, the National Institutes of Health
is pleased to present a free annual training opportunity to help
develop journalists' ability to critically evaluate and report
on medical research. The course curriculum builds on the best of
prior years' offerings to create an intensive learning experience
with hands-on application.
The course examines the challenges and opportunities inherent
in communicating the results of medical research to the public.
Stressing an evidence-based approach and re-examining intuitive
beliefs about medicine, the course will prepare participants for
the crucial task of evaluating research findings including statistics,
selecting stories that hold meaningful messages for the public,
and placing them in the appropriate context.
For an overview of the course, please visit http://medmediacourse.nih.gov.
There is no cost for the course, and meals and lodging are provided.
Participants are responsible for their own travel to Hanover, NH.
Who Should Apply
We invite application by journalists and editors whose
primary target audience is the general public. Applicants may produce
news stories about health or healthcare for newspapers, magazines,
or newsletters; television or radio; or on-line media. Participants
should be eager to develop skills and knowledge necessary for good
medical science reporting, but need not have specific experience
or background in medical journalism.
For Additional Information
Office of Medical Applications of Research, National Institutes
Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical
VA Outcomes Group, White River Junction, Vermont, Department of
Office of Communication and Public Liaison, National Institutes
The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible
for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers.
This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs
and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director
also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating
specific areas of research throughout NIH. Additional information
is available at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.