The Impact of Post-Employment Journalism Training
On Health and Medical Story Ideation


Lee B. Becker and Tudor Vlad


Studies of the impact of post-employment professional training on journalists suggests that these programs have impact on the news construction process itself by changing the stories that journalists produce and the sources they use in creating them.

This paper looks at the impact of one such training program designed to help journalists better cover health and medical news. The study employed newsroom observations, interviews with journalists and their supervisors, and a content analysis of the work of the journalists before and after they participated in a training workshop. The study showed that the training program had impact on the story ideation process.

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