First Do No Harm - Conference Reports

Now a Resource for all journalists and PRs working in health

The presentations and discussions from First Do No Harm, a major international conference on health journalism and PR, held in Coventry University May 14-16 2014 are now available to download and use.

They are organised into several main themes, below. Summaries and the main documents are available.

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Health Journalism - Why Does it Matter?

Health Journalism - Why Does it Matter? - John Lister Why Health Journalism Matters - Trudy Lieberman Why Does Health Journalism Matter in Africa - Harry Dugmore Panel discussion - why does health journalism matter?

Health Reporting - Professional Realities

Conflicts of Interest - John Fauber A Journalistic Insight into Stroke - John Matthews Lessons from Mid Staffs: Good Journalism, Bad Healthcare - Shaun Lintern Health Reporting - professional realities - John Illman
Panel discussion - conflicts of interest


An Ethical Approach to Health Journalism in the Netherlands - Rinke van den Brinke How do I Betray Thee? Ethical journalism in reporting cancer - Anna Wagstaff Health Journalism Ethics: A Victorian Example - Diana Garrisi Panel discussion - ethics

Editorial Responsibility and Power

A Diagnosis and Treatment Plan for Clinical Medical Coverage - Ivan Oransky Magazine Watchdogs - Amelia Beltramini Panel discussion - editorial power and responsibility

Building an Audience

Building an Audience - Roy Lilley Panel discussion - building an audience

Supplying the Evidence

Supplying the Evidence - Iain Chalmers Communicating Health Policy Evidence to the Media - Noralou Roos The Emperor's New Clothes: Sourcing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) - Barbara Rowlands Panel discussion - supplying the evidence

Global Health Issues

Reporting on Global Health: Experience of NGOs - Mohga Kamal-Yanni An Analysis of Influenza Reporting in India - C. Velayutham Panel discussion - global issues

Public Relations in Healthcare

Public Relations in Health: An Ethical Argument - Alan Taman Cancer Reporting and News Values: A Case of PR? - Barry Turner Panel discussion - public relations in healthcare


Networking: Introductory Principles - Alan Taman Networking: Some Practical Suggestions - Trudy Lieberman and Amelia Beltramini Networking - summary
Panel discussion - Networking

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