Ms.Namita Kohli is a senior journalist with The Week Magazine and specialises in subjects related to health and gender. She has an industry experience of over a decade and has worked with The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and The Asian Age. Ms Kohli holds a Masters in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas, Austin, USA, where she went on a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship.
At Medetalks, Ms.Kohli will speak on bridging the communication gap between healthcare professionals and media persons. In an age where readers have access to an avalanche of information from different sources, the demand for accurate, objective and factual news has only been rising. Healthcare, in particular, has emerged as one of the key areas where reader interest and demand for accuracy is high, given the epidemic of NCDs, and the emerging treatment approaches to tackle them. In that context, experts in the healthcare industry need to understand the basic dynamics of news production, and the role they can play in creating a better-informed readership. At a time the patient is being seen as a ‘’consumer”, responsible and credible news will not just help this “consumer” of healthcare products and services make informed decisions, but in general, also lead a healthier life.