Healthy Journalism

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Racing past

This semester has gotten off to such a fast start that I was shocked to realize that fall is upon us: football season is well underway, the health care debate is shrill, and Atlanta is temporarily shut down by flooding.


Here at Grady College, our first official entering class in health and medical journalism arrived six weeks ago. Christy Fricks was the first student to complete the new MA concentration back in spring, two grad students are in their second year and now we have seven new ones. You can meet most of the HMJ grad students by clicking here.


Incoming students in Graduate Newsroom are working on their first “outside” news story. They’re reporting on AAA baseball and the impact of hard times on local Latino communities and on military enlistment rates among recent college graduates. Also on unsung zoos, historic neighborhoods, school policy, Chinese community celebrations and what floods reveal about our local infrastructure.


The advanced HMJ students, meanwhile, are producing a nice-part series of news segments for WNEG-TV, UGA’s television station serving Northeast Georgia. The series begins on October 1 and finishes at Thanksgiving.


We’re searching for the right catchy title, but in-house we think of this as the “kids, foods and farms” project. The series will capture stories how school and community gardens and sustainable agriculture relate to childhood nutrition in the region. The photo above shows Katie Smith, an HMJ student who is earning her master’s in conservation ecology and sustainable development, filming a schoolyard garden with local parent activist Stacy Smith.


The lead reporter for the opening segment is second-year MA student Jordan Sarver, James Hataway reports the second and Smith helms the third. Each segment will be accompanied by student-produced stories and multimedia resources available on WNEG’s website.


Stay tuned!

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