CNN senior medical correspondent to speak Oct. 11
CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will discuss the challenges and opportunities of reporting medical and public-health news in the digital age Monday, Oct. 11, as part of a University of South Carolina conference.
Cohen is the keynote speaker at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ 2010 conference, “Convergence and Society: Science, Health & New Dimensions of Communication.” Her address, which is free and open to the public, is set for 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott on Assembly Street across from the Carolina Coliseum.
Cohen’s reporting has contributed to CNN winning two Emmy Awards for news coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She has received numerous awards for her health-consumer reporting. Her digital news column, “The Empowered Patient” on CNN.com, provides information to consumers on how to ensure the best medical care for themselves and their families. In August, she released her first book, “The Empowered Patient: How to get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time.”
Dozens of U.S. scholars are expected to attend USC’s annual conference on convergent journalism, which will take place Oct. 11 – 12. This year, the event is co-sponsored by USC’s Science and Health Communications Research Group and provides a forum for presentation of research, particularly on how science and health messages can be effectively communicated to the public through new media and technology.