May 28, 2008

Welcome To Our Child Health Media Blog!

Welcome to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media blog! This blog is for you - COCM pediatricians who are already interested in media issues impacting the lives of today's children and families.

In this space, we will develop together an amazing array or resources to help each other become better communicators with our patient's and their parents about media issues and better advocates in the community about the importance of media issues on the lives of kids and families.

The list of potential topics is endless but some that jump to mind include:
  • current media studies
  • announcements about media-related conferences and meetings
  • ideas for talks and lectures on media issues
  • social media tips and nuts and bolts: including how to blog!
  • media tips to help each other interface with the media better in print, online, radio and TV
  • our work in action: ways we, COCM pediatricians, have done what we can to use the media to improve the health and well being of children whether it be to talk to a local reporter in our home town or to work nationally on an AAP campaign.
Some rules for the road. I'll be doing all the posting but welcome guest posts often. I can post daily, once a week or once a month. It all depends on what is happening in the media world and what you send me. So, feel free to get as involved as you'd like with this blog. I welcome you all to become my assistant editors in this amazing journey.

Don't forget to check out our regular COCM website once in a while. And, if you have an idea for a blog post, drop me an email at


Dr. Gwenn
AAP COCM Web Site and Blog

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