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

Event Date:

April 9, 2017 | 4:30 PM EDT


Monroe Room at the Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

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Immediately following the closing to this year's Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference on Sunday, April 9, 2017, the Pulitzer Center and Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health leads 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:

Laura Bassett (Moderator), a senior politics reporter for The Huffington Post. She has covered women's rights domestically and around the globe. She has a master's degree in English Literature and gender studies from Georgetown University and has previously worked for U.S. Congress, Island Press, and The Washington Post.

Erik Vance, a science writer and author of Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal. He graduated with a degree in biology but it was not until enrolling in UC Santa Cruz's science communication program that he discovered his true passion for journalism. There he learned that only through compelling characters can stories touch and inspire us. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, The New York Times, The Utne Reader, Discover Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. Vance will discuss how to use characters to communicate complex topics.

Dan Grossman, a print journalist and radio and web producer. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and a B.S. in physics, both from MIT. He has reported from all seven continents including from within 800 miles of both the south and north poles and won numerous awards for his work. He is coauthor of A Scientist's Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists (Rutgers University Press: 2006). Grossman will talk about communicating at the intersection of health and climate change.

Brian Simpson, editor-in-chief of the news website and weekday newsletter Global Health NOW. He is also editor of Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine, 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). Simpson will present on ways to partner with and pitch to editors (like him!).

Bassett, Vance, and Grossman are Pulitzer Center grantees. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a Campus Consortium partner with the Pulitzer Center.

The free workshop is open to the public, and no conference registration required.

Reception follows the workshop.

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Washington Hilton
Monroe Room
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009



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