OLD Media Moves

Foundation to start health care news service

November 24, 2008

The Kaiser Family Foundation has hired journalists from The Wall Street Journal and Congressional Quarterly to run a new health care news service, reports Kevin Sack of the New York Times.

Sack writes, “With a budget that is expected to reach $3 million to $4 million in two years, the project is one of the most ambitious in a wave of nonprofit online ventures that have emerged as newspapers and magazines cut jobs and newsgathering budgets.

“Kaiser, which is based in Menlo Park, Calif., has hired two highly regarded journalists to run the Kaiser Health News, based in Washington: Laurie McGinley, formerly the deputy bureau chief for global economics at The Wall Street Journal, and Peggy Girshman, a top editor at Congressional Quarterly and previously at National Public Radio.

“Ms. McGinley said she and Ms. Girshman plan to recruit a half-dozen full-time reporters and several editors and to contract with numerous freelance journalists. They hope to begin producing original stories early next year.”

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