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National Cancer Institute

Health Journalism

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a long tradition of funding cutting-edge health communication and health journalism research. There is a rich history of partnering with schools of communication, journalism, news organizations, professional organizations, and other institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH funds and conducts disease-specific and statistical training for health journalists in the U.S. and abroad. Because news media are a primary source of health information for the public, and because the landscape of journalism is ever-evolving, HCIRB is planning a funding initiative in health journalism research to address gaps and inform cancer communication practice. Extramural investigators will be encouraged to submit applications in the areas of:

  • Agenda-setting
  • Health news construction (how health reporters use sources, resources, and emerging technologies; framing/priming)
  • Health news exposure, attention, and information processing
  • Media effects/how media exposure affects personal and population health
  • Best-practices for training journalists on health and science topics
  • Development of useful, reliable online toolkits for health reporters and editors
  • The overwhelming transformation of journalism, and how it will affect health journalism research and practice

The NCI Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch is pleased to present the December 2013 special issue of JNCI Monographs, Cancer Prevention and Control in the Changing Communication Landscape Exit Disclaimer


Blake KD, Chou WY, Prestin A, Hesse BW. Cancer prevention and control in the changing communication landscape. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2013;2013(47):131-2.


Kelly Blake, ScD