Biopartnering Seminar - From Health Editor to Patient Navigator with Guest Speaker Paul Taylor

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

Abstract: Taylor spent more than three decades as a reporter and editor at The Globe and Mail. For much of that time, he was involved in the newspaper's coverage of health and medical issues. He will discuss how medical and health reporting has been transformed by the internet and the challenges now facing  newspapers amid declining circulation and plummeting ad revenues.  Journalist are now expected to more with less. Yet, at the same time,  there has been an exponential growth in potential health-related news stories.   How do journalist decide what to cover? How do they guard against being manipulated by special interests? Those questions, and more, will be answer in the presentation.  Taylor will also talk about his transition to Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, where he uses his journalism skills to help patients navigate the health-care system. 

Personal Bio:  Paul Taylor is a patient navigation advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. As part of this role he produces materials to help guide patients and their families through the health-care system. Previously, he played a key role in The Globe and Mail’s health coverage for more two decades, first as a medical reporter and later as the paper’s health editor. He was responsible for launching The Globe’s first weekly Health Section in 1998. While editing the page, he continued to write, including a weekly column called Small Doses that highlighted significant studies and medical trends. Taylor has received numerous journalism awards, including the Connaught Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism and two awards sponsored by the Canadian Science Writers’ Association and received an honorable mention from the Roland F. Michener Award for Public Service in Journalism. He is also a co-winner of an award from The Centre for Investigative Journalism. From 2000 to 2007, he was a member of the Ontario Press Council, a body that adjudicates public complaints about news coverage in Ontario newspapers. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where he studied economics and political science. He also has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson.

Location: Instructional Centre, Room 120, UTM Campus

All welcome! Light refreshments to be served outside Room 120 at 6pm.