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NIH Offering Free "Medicine in the Media" Course For Journalists

Posted Jan 07 2011 1:53am

I thought I would post this as a general interest article, but I don’t think bloggers are image included, well maybe not yet.  At any rate this is information the NIH is making available is for reporters and journalists to get closer to scientific research and reports as in today’s world it certainly is getting complicated as that is just the times we live in.  BD   

For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Elizabeth Neilson

News Advisory

Medicine in the Media:
The Challenge of Reporting on Medical Research

July 13-16, 2011
Hanover, New Hampshire

Apply online:
Deadline: February 28, 2011

About the Course

The National Institutes of Health, along with partners at Dartmouth College and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to present a free annual training opportunity to help develop journalists' ability to critically evaluate and report on medical research.

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

There is no cost for the course, and meals and lodging are provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel to Hanover, New Hampshire.

Who Should Apply

We accept applications from 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

Telephone: 301-496-4999

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 .

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 .

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