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Bioethics boot camp for reporters and editors

Panelists include leading journalists, bioethicists, scholars and scientists

The Hastings Center

(Garrison, NY) Science Writers in New York (SWINY), The Hastings Center, and City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism present a unique, one-day workshop "Bioethics Boot Camp: Finding the Must-Read Angle for Science and Medical Stories."

The Boot Camp will be held on Friday, March 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street, New York City.

A series of panel discussions and question-answer sessions will feature leading journalists, bioethicists, scholars and scientists exploring specific, sensitive issues, ranging from conflicts of interest and genetics to human life from beginning to end and emerging biotechnology. In the closing panel, editors from scientific, business, and consumer media will share their criteria and considerations for health or medical topics with a bioethical aspect.

Attendees and panelists are invited to mingle from 4:30 onward at a wine and cheese reception. Panelists and moderators include:


  • Jeff Kluger, Senior Editor, TIME Magazine;
  • Emily Laber-Warren, Director of the Health & Science Reporting Program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism;
  • Doug Levy, Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Columbia University Medical Center;
  • Brendan Maher, Features Editor, Nature;
  • Robin Marantz Henig, Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine;
  • Ivan Oransky, Executive Editor, Reuters Health;
  • Charles Ornstein, Senior Reporter, ProPublica;
  • Jennifer Rainey Marquez, Senior Editor, Parade Magazine;
  • Andrew Revkin, Former New York Times environmental reporter and founder, DotEarth blog; Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University;
  • Beth Schachter, Science Communications Consultant;
  • Nancy Stedman, Deputy Editor, Health, More Magazine;
  • Ron Winslow, Health Editor, The Wall Street Journal


  • Daniel Callahan, Co-founder, Senior Research Scholar, President Emeritus, The Hastings Center;
  • Mary Crowley, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, The Hastings Center;
  • Susan Gilbert, Public Affairs Editor and Editor of Bioethics Forum, The Hastings Center;
  • Michael Gusmano, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center;
  • Josephine Johnston, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center;
  • Gregory E. Kaebnick, Research Scholar and Editorial Director, The Hastings Center; Editor, The Hastings Center Report;
  • Karen Maschke, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center; Editor, IRB Ethics & Human Research;
  • Thomas H. Murray, Senior Research Scholar, President, CEO, The Hastings Center;
  • Rosamond Rhodes, Bioethicist and Professor of Medical Education, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Additional panelists will be announced soon.

Who should attend?

Bioethics Bootcamp is designed for science and medical reporters and editors, other professional science writers, public information officers, journalism students, and concerned physicians and scientists. Special rates for students and members of SWINY or NASW. Each participant will receive the Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists and Policymakers, a $35 value. Register Now: Participation Limited to 60 Journalists

How to Register

Register now and save! Members of SWINY and NASW who register by March 1 pay only $70; non-members pay $95. After March 1, registration fees increase to $90 for members and $115 for non-members. Walk-in registration is $115 for members and $135 for non-members.

Bioethics Boot Camp is funded by a grant from the National Association of Science Writers (NASW)


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