How To Tell Your Global Health Story (So People Hear It)

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Tulachi, 15, Jandhara, 15, and Amana, 14, pose for a photo in front of the entrance to a crawlspace under their home, which serves as their extended family's chaupadi shelter, in Rima village. They share the space with the household's herd of goats. Image by Allison Shelley. Nepal, 2012.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 5:00PM
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
United States

Immediately following this year’s Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference closing on Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Pulitzer Center and Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will lead a workshop on tips and tools for engaging the news media. Alongside global health journalists and communications specialists, participants will learn the skills needed to pitch a story, translate to a lay audience, and make both traditional and nontraditional media work for you.


Panelists include:

Rebecca Hersher is a journalist on NPR's Science Desk, where she reports on health and conflict. She has reported from West Africa, Greenland, Afghanistan, and across the U.S. for National Public Radio and as a freelance journalist. Hersher was part of the NPR team that won a Peabody award for coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and produced a story from Liberia that won an Edward R. Murrow award for use of sound. She was a finalist for the 2017 Daniel Schorr prize, a 2017 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellow, and a 2015 NPR Above the Fray fellow.

Allison Shelley is an independent documentary photographer and multimedia journalist. Allison's recent photography and video from D.R. Congo, Senegal, Nigeria, Haiti, India, Nepal, and the U.S. have been featured in publications such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. She has received awards and/or financial support from organizations such as the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Press Photographers Association, and the White House News Photographers Association.

Poonam Daryani is the 2017-2018 Clinical Fellow with the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. As a public health practitioner, she is invested in health equity and social justice for marginalized communities. Her background includes building anti-oppression public health workshops, teaching in Malaysia as a Fulbright grantee, as well as managing an India-based maternal health initiative. As a Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center reporting fellow, Poonam explored the long-term impacts of the Zika epidemic on caregivers in the northeast of Brazil.

Brian Simpson is editor-in-chief of the news website and weekday newsletter Global Health NOW. He is also editor of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health, which has twice been nominated for an Utne Independent Press Award and has won a Robert F. Kennedy College Journalism Award, a Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award, and numerous awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a Campus Consortium partner with the Pulitzer Center.

This workshop in New York City is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.