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A reporter learns to go slow and gain trust for series on harm reduction for drug users

"You can’t just waltz into a community of people who are marginalized and under threat, stick a microphone in their faces and start asking them questions," writes reporter Judith Mernit, a 2018 Impact Fund recipient.
A worker in a Napa Valley vineyard.

Napa Valley’s underbelly: The personal cost of living locally

The story of the Napa Valley is about more than its transition from a sleepy, rural commuter town to the wine capital of America, drawing millions of tourists per year.
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How LA’s beach communities are taking cues from ‘Blue Zones’ to engineer healthy changes

Can the "Blue Zones" approach lower chronic disease rates and boost lifespans? Or is it turning into a lifestyle movement for already healthy, affluent areas?
Latrelle Huff prepares dinner for her children. (Photo: Stephen B. Morton/USA TODAY)

Five hard-won lessons from reporting on what domestic abuse does to children's brains

"One of the first lessons we learned was the need for patience with survivors. We were often asking people to relive their trauma when we interviewed them and that carried a high emotional cost for families."
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Chief clinical officer of Health Leads implores journalists to go deeper on homelessness

Dr. Damon Francis doesn’t shy away from sparring with a room full of journalists when he thinks the media is getting the story wrong.
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Podcast will explore the link between Johnson & Johnson baby powder and cancer in women

Stories of J&J’s negligence have been trickling out for decades and gaining traction as people began to sue the multinational company.
Latrelle Huff with her ex-boyfriend and their twins at the babies’ baptism in 2014. (Photo: Family photo via USA TODAY)

A terrifying story of domestic abuse posed agonizing challenges for USA Today team

How a reporting team overcame countless hurdles to tell a new story of how children are affected by the family violence they experience, from the time they are in utero through childhood and after.
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A mother’s anguish drives podcast series on toxic pesticide

Three children belonging to the same set of parents, with a combined four brain malformations that doctors say are unrelated. “The doctors are wrong,” says the mother.


Join us at 8:30 a.m. March 22 on Facebook for a life streaming of our daylong briefing on the U.S. Census. You'll learn about the challenges facing counters, efforts to delegitimize the U.S. Census, how the climate of fear in immigrant communities might impede a good count, and discuss reporting and census data analysis strategies.  

What’s the difference between Medicare-for-all and Medicare-for-some? Are these realistic policy proposals, or political blips on the screen? Sign up here for our next Health Matters webinar!

If you're a journalist with big ideas who wants your work to matter, the Center for Health Journalism invites you to apply for the all-expenses-paid National Fellowship -- five days of stimulating discussions in Los Angeles about social and health safety net issues, plus reporting and engagement grants of $2,000-$12,000 and six months of expert mentoring.


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