Jim McLean to give 15th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media
Jim McLean, the executive editor of the Kansas Health Institute News Service, will be the speaker for the 15th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Forum Hall of the K-State Student Union. His topic will be "Health Coverage in Community Media."
His lecture and a panel discussion following are being held in conjunction with activities coordinated by the Kansas State Book Network committee. The committee selected "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson as the "common read" for incoming Kansas State University students. The book relates the story of the 1854 London cholera epidemic, but parallels can be drawn to today’s urban sprawl, bio-terrorism, scientific inquiry and the reporting of health issues to the public.
Before joining KHI, McLean was a managing editor at the Topeka Capital-Journal, where he also served stints as business editor and state government reporter. He got his start in journalism at Kansas Public Radio, serving first as the station’s Statehouse bureau chief and later as news director.
The panel discussion — from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. — will be "Beyond 'The Ghost Map': Perspectives on Health Communication." Panelists include Alan Bavley, who has more than 25 years as a medical writer and who has been at the Kansas City Star since 1988; Sara Belfry, communications director at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Larry Dreiling, senior field editor for The High Plains Journal; and John Webster, graduate faculty associate and education officer for the Biosecurity Research Institute at K-State.