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Getting the lead out: Flint is just the beginning

Getting the lead out: Flint is just the beginning

Twenty-some years ago, my kids tested with high lead levels. My partner and I were shocked and horrified. What had caused this?
Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Work for Business Insider, About.com or Merced Sun-Star

Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Work for Business Insider, About.com or Merced Sun-Star

Business Insider needs a Health Reporter, plus, About.com is hiring freelance writers and editors across the country. Check out all this week's opportunities.
Weight is the most common reason why Maine schoolkids are bullied

Weight is the most common reason why Maine schoolkids are bullied

In the final installment of Patty Wight's series on poverty and obesity, she looks at the power of social stigma and bias around weight, and the lasting effects they can have on a child.
Maine elementary school offers morning activities — before classes start

Maine elementary school offers morning activities — before classes start

In the fourth part of Patricia Wight's series exploring the link between childhood poverty and obesity, she visits an elementary school in Portland that has developed a creative way to get kids moving. Within minutes of the school doors opening, 16 kids are in the gym, ready for indoor soccer.
Don't 'radiosplain' and other ways to report on communities that aren't your own

Don't 'radiosplain' and other ways to report on communities that aren't your own

One way to present more culturally-balanced stories is to create more diverse newsrooms. But we still need to get better at talking to people in communities that aren’t our own. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Maine schools stepping up efforts to get kids to eat healthy foods

Maine schools stepping up efforts to get kids to eat healthy foods

As schools across the country step up efforts to provide more nutritious foods to all children, they’re also focusing on ways get them interested in trying them. And it can be particularly important for kids from low-income families, who often lack access to nutritious food at home.
The other ‘high-cost’ drugs: What specialty drugs mean for California

The other ‘high-cost’ drugs: What specialty drugs mean for California

The specialty drug Orkambi, for cystic fibrosis, has a sticker price of $259,000 per year. What's driving these astronomical costs for specialty drugs? And can California's budget cope?
The Power of Small Data: Hunt for your story's data, since it won’t find you

The Power of Small Data: Hunt for your story's data, since it won’t find you

If you have a story that needs to be told, don't wait for a huge attachment to show up in your inbox. Hunt for the data that will help you tell your story. And keep in mind that a data expert can be an invaluable guide along the way.

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