A new leader takes charge at Mod­ern Health­care

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT - FROM THE ED­I­TOR, AURORA AGUILAR

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.

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