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Honesty and an open mind go a long way in reporting on tribal food scarcity in California’s far north

Honesty and an open mind go a long way in reporting on tribal food scarcity in California’s far north

Don't go into a community, especially one living with generations of trauma, with an agenda or a set of fixed assumptions. Had I done that, I wouldn’t have gotten very far in my reporting.
Kate Green is a 30-year-old who’d rather roll the dice without insurance than face steep out-of-pocket costs. (Photo by Autumn P

Using data to deepen the statehouse policy conversation on California’s uninsured

How two reporters used data to explore how California's ambitious health care initiatives could shape the lives of working residents already strained by the state's high cost of living.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Verywell, State of Reform, mindbodygreen

State of Reform is looking for a health policy reporter to provide coverage across Texas, Utah, Arizona and Colorado for state-level politics, policy and personalities in health care.
What’s the e-cigarette ingredient to really fear? Nicotine

What’s the e-cigarette ingredient to really fear? Nicotine

There’s a rush to ban a dangerous ingredient in e-cigarettes. But people are missing the truly deadly ingredient in these electronic drug-delivery devices.
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How the media and medical system shortchange single women pursuing motherhood 

The reproductive endocrinologist heavily pushed our conversation toward egg freezing. “You’re young and single,” he said. “You don’t want to have a baby by yourself.”
Nataly Mendoza, a student at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, conducts an interview in Spanish with a man.

Working with teens transformed my reporting in local communities

By partnering with teens, a reporter seeking a deeper understanding of health in local communities finds some of the best fixers around.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Apply to be a data journalist at Kaiser Health News!

Kaiser Health News is looking for a data journalist to conceive and produce content for investigative, enterprise and other KHN stories.
Leslie Mullowney, who was contacted after responding to our call-out. Here she feeds the chickens at the Napa home she and her f

Community listening transforms story on Napa’s painful housing costs

"I ultimately found a handful of good sources who were willing to share their personal housing struggles. But it took a lot more work than I expected to get there."


Medicare Advantage plans are surging in popularity. What’s at stake for seniors in your community as private companies increasingly administer Medicare? This webinar will help cover an essential story on a program that covers 60 million Americans across the country. Sign-up here!

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