FARGO, N.D. – Two Forum Communications Co. reporters have been named to the Association of Health Care Journalists’ inaugural class of the Regional Health Journalism Fellowship, designed to train journalists in the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on localizing critical health issues.
Reporters Katie Ryan-Anderson of The Jamestown (N.D.) Sun and John Lundy of the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune were among the first 12 journalists accepted for the prestigious fellowship. Ryan-Anderson has worked for The Sun for four years, covering topics such as health, education, crime and economic development. Lundy has worked for the News Tribune for 10 ½ years and covers health care and general assignments.
According the the AHCJ, this fellowship evolved from the former Midwest Health Journalism Fellowship, which trained journalists in Kansas and Missouri during the past four years. The new regional fellowship will draw from a larger region, which changes each year. This first set of fellows was selected from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The remaining fellows are:
- Tony Leys, Des Moines (Iowa) Register
- Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, Minneapolis
- Christinia Crippes, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa
- Erik Hogstrom, Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa
- Tom Hauser, KSTP-St. Paul, Minn.
- Mark Andersen, Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star
- Lynn Taylor Rick, Rapid City (S.D.) Journal
- Grant Gerlock, NET Radio, Lincoln, Neb.
- Michelle San Miguel, KFYR-Bismarck, N.D.
- Elissa Dickey, Aberdeen (S.D.) American News
The fellowship’s training includes a reporting boot camp at the Missouri School of Journalism, briefings at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, attending the annual AHCJ conference and mentoring from veteran health journalists.
“We are extremely proud that the AHCJ has recognized the work that Katie and John do for their respective newspapers and communities,” said FCC Vice President for Newspapers Steve McLister. “They represent the hard-working journalists that serve all of our Forum Communications Co. communities across the upper Midwest and our company’s commitment to publishing quality local journalism.”
The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. It has 1,100 members and is based at the Missouri School of Journalism.