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Jim McLean delivers Huck Boyd Lecture Oct. 16

The executive editor of the Kansas Health Institute News Service was the speaker for the 15th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media on Oct. 16.

Jim McLean discussed how important it is for the state’s community media to accurately report on health issues. The KHI News Service, a pioneering nonprofit journalism initiative of the Kansas Health Institute, has become a go-to source for those wanting in-depth coverage of health and health policy.

McLean’s lecture was 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 Ebola crisis, urban sprawl, bioterrorism, scientific inquiry and the reporting of health issues to the public.

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.

The lecture was sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Panel members discuss perspectives on health communication

Reporters need to establish rapport with health experts before a crisis occurs, according to panelists who participated in “Beyond ‘The Ghost Map’: Perspectives on Health Communication” on Oct. 16.

Panelists included Alan Bavley, who has more than 25 years as a medical writer and who has been with the Kansas City Star since 1988; 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 Kansas State University.

The panel discussion, sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media, followed the 15th annual Huck Boyd Lecture on the same day. Both were 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 Ebola crisis, urban sprawl, bioterrorism, scientific inquiry and the reporting of health issues to the public.

The panel was sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.