Doing something different
Kay Brennan's intercalating year provided education about life as well as journalism
- By: Kay Brennan
On Tuesday 7 October 1986 The Independent was launched and so, therefore, the first page dedicated to health issues was seen in a national newspaper. Since then there has been an explosion in health journalism; every national daily has a health section, Sunday newspapers have pull-out health supplements, and there is a plethora of magazines devoted to men's health, women's health, complementary medicine, and general fitness.
Because of the need to fill so many pages and so much airtime with news, features, and opinions on health matters, there has been a steady increase in the demand for journalists who specialise in health. Last year saw the inception of the first degree devoted to medical journalism in the UK, and I was one of the brave five who decided to give it a go.
I stumbled across the course in the Student BMJ, where a news article discussed the plans to