Healthy Journalism

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Making news


Although it's officially Fall Break at UGA, and the Dawg faithful are in Jacksonville doing God-knows-what, the Harvesting Health team spent Friday reporting a news feature for WNEG-TV.
Shown (from left) are ace videographer Katie Smith and writer-reporters Jordan Sarver and James Hataway.
If you've been watching Ray Metoyer and the gang at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays, you've seen their work. You may also have read their stories on the station's website about the benefits of schoolyard gardens, how community gardens fight crime, and what it takes to be designated an organic farmer. Broadcast segments are linked to these stories.
Next up: why farmers and teachers should collaborate, how sustainable agriculture affects our regional economy, where you can dine out on delicious, locally grown foods, and why healthier eating matters so much to 21st century children. The series continues through Thanksgiving.
Harvesting Health is made possible by advice and assistance from anchorman Metoyer, news director Jeff Dantre, webmaster Jim Alexander and Grady's telecomm's Steve Smith and Michael Castengera.
And now, a teaser for 2010: it looks like HMJ grad students are going to be covering previously untold or undertold public health stories for a new, statewide news bureau that the Hayslett Group (an Atlanta strategic communication firm) is launching with support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The full extent of Grady College's role in this ambitious new undertaking is yet to be determined, but we expect to know more soon.


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