A new leader takes charge at Modern Healthcare
Nearly two years ago, I walked into the offices of Modern Healthcare to help manage its reporting team and lead our news coverage.
I had become an avid reader after fellow journalists told me the publication informed their own healthcare reporting. Modern Healthcare made me feel smarter and ahead of the curve in my work as a special projects editor and news director for Chicago’s NPR affiliate, and it certainly helped me prepare for what was to come.
Running this storied publication’s newsroom has been a trial by fire, but it’s also been the most satisfying time of my career. Changes in the healthcare industry have provided nonstop news and piqued the interest of news outlets across the country and abroad. The competition has forced us to be more nimble while remembering what we’re known for—depth, credibility and context. I’m proud of our coverage and the reverence we are given by our peers, who this spring lauded our work with several national journalism awards.
Today, I face the enormous responsibility of helping the editorial team find ways to further elevate the quality of our work and make it fresher, more relevant and essential to you. It’s a task I take seriously and one that I’m excited to accept. My goal is to build upon Modern Healthcare’s long-standing reputation as the authoritative news source for the industry and give you, its leaders, the tools you need to succeed in your triple aim.
We understand that we are competing for your limited time and resources. As your trusted stewards of the news, we will seek to deliver up-to-the-minute information in more innovative ways—through briefs and lists, for instance. We will continue to bring you analysis through our magazine and in our special projects and investigations, which will be led by a dedicated editor.
We will use audience and readership data to home in on the areas of coverage most important to you, and we’ll tweak the channels we use, for example our newsletters, to more effectively relay that information.
In the coming months, Modern Healthcare also will fine-tune its editorial structure. Our reporters will spend several months zeroing in on key issues and trends within their beats to bring you more in-depth enterprise stories and series. We will follow up on those projects to assess the impact of our work. Reporters will be expected to gain more expertise and knowledge and solidify themselves as experts in their beats, so they can provide you with the quality and analysis you crave.
Our reporters will continue to ask tough questions but promise to be transparent, fair, thorough and accurate. And we’ll admit when we’ve made mistakes. We understand that this is a two-way street and that we are fortunate to have close connections to our sources. But we also must maintain our independence and objectivity to best serve you.
Helping me lead Modern Healthcare into our next stage is our new managing editor, Matt Weinstock. Matt is a veteran healthcare reporter and editor and, most recently, the director of communications for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. He has deep industry knowledge and will be invaluable in helping us stay connected to you, our partners in this endeavor. News Editor Erica Teichert, who manages daily assignments, has the most solid news judgment I’ve come across in my career. I’m very confident in the team we’re gathering.
I appreciate your support during this transition and am eager to become more acquainted with you.