At this month's AHCJ convention, blogger Sonya Collins tells us "speaker after speaker reminded us that we medical journalists shouldn’t lead with the numbers that quantify the reach of a disease or its cost to taxpayers. We should lead with the face of someone who lives with that condition. Show our readers that she’s just like them."
She goes on to give a wonderful example of how stigma can be reduced through good storytelling.
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