This tweet reflects an interesting idea in journalism on health topics. Claims have floated around that journalists are becoming extinct because everyone can be a journalist due to the power of the Internet. However, with the overload of information, maybe journalists need to occupy a deeper role, especially in important and often confusing fields such as health. What do you think? Do journalists have the potential to reduce the “noise” that makes it hard to understand controversial health topics?
The #NABJHealth13 hashtag brings up another interesting discussion on health journalism. NABJ is the national Association of Black Journalists, an organization that works to increase diversity in journalism. There were several interesting online conversations at this year’s conference that took place this weekend and was archived by the twitter feed. One theme was that diversity in journalism, especially in the health field, can improve health literacy and reduce health disparities. Despite improvements, racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to receive routine medical care and have higher rates of morbidity and mortality even when controlling for variables such as gender, age, and socioeconomic status as reported by the American Medical Association.
Do you think journalism and media coverage contributes to health disparities due to how information is framed and perceived by different populations? Should increasing diversity in the field be a priority beyond the efforts by organizations like NABJ? Do you agree with the tweet below? Could this be a bad approach when addressing health disparities?