Journalism and Global Health

By Philip J. Hilts

A paper by Philip J. Hilts, spring 2008 fellow, explores the growth and future of global health news coverage. Hilts found that although newspapers have suffered an overall decline in reporting, global health coverage of topics such as new diseases, the safety of imported food, and health-related poverty interventions have received increased coverage, not only at major papers, but at mid-sized papers as well. However, these stories were typically event and reporter driven, rather than being a part of planned coverage. This paper also examines several non-profit organizations that have begun to support global health reporting by paying for reporting trips in hopes of keeping the topic in the public eye.

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