A recent column by Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, has important implications for journalists covering the Affordable Care Act. Based on a recent Kaiser survey, Altman writes, “it was a real surprise in our latest tracking poll to learn that most of the uninsured don’t know how much the law will benefit them.”
It felt like a truck had hit the building really hard, and I waited for an explosion or the smell of gas or at least Anderson Cooper to show up and interview me.
No alarms sounded, no lights went off yesterday, but that must have been one helluva truck, because everyone on our floor was in the hallway or going down the stair case, even with the cause unknown.
So we did the only responsible thing in the middle of a work day on the east coast, where earthquakes rarely strike (but could this have been a replay of 9/11?) and joined them.
Former New York Times reporter Ari L. Goldman looks back at the Crown Heights riots 20 years ago, and finds that his paper’s coverage was filtered through a frame designed to produce “balance,” and ignored the facts of the ground. It’s an important piece, worthy of discussion.
ROME – A wealth of potential story ideas came out of the Rome AIDS conference. This is a list I discussed with people attending a media briefing organized by the IAS prior to the conference. What are the ideas you’d like to share? Fill in the comment box at the end of this post.
The BIG story coming out of the Rome AIDS conference were the results from three separate trials seeking to determine of available drugs used for the treatment of HIV could be used for the prevention of transmission.
ROME – The AIDS Conference held here may have opened a window onto the next big story in public health issues – the benefit for the non-communicable disease community in building on the infrastructure that the HIV/AIDS community has spent 30 years putting into place.
The show-stoppers at the conference were the three trials that show that drugs like tenofovir and others, when used in certain combinations, can prevent the transmission of the AIDS virus (see a blog post I did after the conference that has many links to critical information).
But there was a great deal of buzz before and during the Rome conference on the anticipated attention about to be paid diseases other than AIDS.