An important element for City Health conferences is media coverage, both for promotion and as part of the legacy for the events. This section gives examples of achievements in generating interest and coverage, together with links to articles where available.
City Health 2013 was light on hard “news” so relied more on the placement of comment and feature pieces in the lead into the event. The major “news” at the conference was Michel Kazatchkine´s statements on urbanisation and HIV points made in the memorial lecture. His status, as a UN Special Envoy also drew interest from local media. Reuters, who conducted an extensive interview with Michel prior to the event, carried this story.
It was was picked up widely internationally in outlets, such as The Huffington Post and Fox News website in the US, as well as in English speaking newspapers in countries such Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa. It also ran in Portuguese, French and Spanish in many other countries. Some examples:
The Huffington Post version of the story alone attracted some 350+ comments.
In general coverage was split between the more specialised health/medical press (The Lancet, British Medical Journal) and local press (Herald Scotland, The Scotsman, BBC Scotland, STV, Third Sector News).
David Stuckler’s closing keynote address also attracted a lot of interest, including a major piece in the Herald just prior to the conference.
Other coverage prior to the conference included:
October 24, 2013
A podium comment piece in Third Force News, by Georgina Perry
October 29, 2013
An opinion piece in The Scotsman, by Georgina Perry
A podium comment piece in Third Force News, by Judith Robertson
A comment piece in The Lancet, by Gerry Stimson
Pieces during the conference included:
November 4, 2013
A blog piece in the British Medical Journal, by Ingrid van Beek
An opinion piece in Drink and Drugs News, by Ingrid van Beek
Story released by Inter Press Service, by Michel Kazatchkine
Interview by BBC Scotland with Michel Kazatchkine
Thomson Reuters Foundation trail for memorial lecture
Interviews on Scottish TV, for evening news with Michel Kazatchkine, Martin Cawley, John Downie and Georgina Perry
November 5, 2013
A blog piece in the British Medical Journal, by Michel Kazatchkine
Post-conference there were a number of media items:
November 14, 2013
A blog in the BMJ, by Krishnapura Gopinath
An article in the Holyrood Magazine – ‘No Mean City’ about the work of Glasgow Centre for Population Health - http://www.holyrood.com/2013/11/no-mean-city/
An article in the Holyrood Magazine, about Michel Kazatchkine
An article in the Holyrood Magazine, about Erio Ziglio