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In wake of Sandy Hook anniversary, a critical look at gun buyback programs

Two California gun buyback programs try crowdsourcing to fund their operations. Does getting firearms off the street in this manner really reduce gun violence?

Patients with life- threatening illness, high medical costs try crowd sourcing to meet expenses

So far, Mary Isham has met 50% of her $60,000 goal to pay for a cancer treatment she could only find in Europe, thanks to a website that helps people raise money for medical expenses.

SXSW Interactive: Long-Form Works on the Web

Slate and Atavist editors talk about the future of long-form journalism at SXSW. 

The Power of the Public Insight Network: A Do-It-Yourself Way to Crowdsource

How can mainstream media better cover communities, particularly those that don't often have a voice? Increasingly, public radio reporters are using the Public Insight Network, a mashup of Rolodex and crowdsourcing machine.

A Bad Day for Meridia and "Pink Viagra"

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Health Reform: It’s official: a federal judge finally rules that the new health reform law is constitutional. The ruling was hailed as a victory for the Obama administration because it’s the first to dismiss a constitutional challenge on its merits rather than a technicality. The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman has the story.

Scientific Citizens: Using Cell Phones to Collect Data

Deborah Estrin is a computer science professor interested in the low-tech. To her, everyday technology -- as opposed to supercomputers and expensive gadgets -- are brilliant tools for data collection. The world's 5 billion cell phones -- and the cameras and GPS that are increasingly common components -- represent tremendous opportunities. Using "smart" mobile phones, researchers, community groups and journalists can design ways to capture information about people whose stories and health status are otherwise hard to capture.


We've opened recruitment for our all-expenses-paid 2016 California Health Journalism Fellowship, to be held in Los Angeles March 6-10, 2016. Apply now for a $1,000 reporting grant and five days of information-packed seminars, workshops and field trips on California's health care challenges. Click here for details.

We’ve grown considerably since we began in 2004 at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, and we’re thrilled to announce we now have a new name and new look for our website, formerly known as Reporting on Health.


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