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Contacting outside sources placed one journalist's article head and shoulders above the rest

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A new analysis shows how commonly doctors don't understand cancer screening statistics. That's no excuse for journalists not to do a better job in learning the basics and educating their readers, viewers, and listeners.

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After skimming health care news and research reports day after day, I often pine for the time to savor a good long read. Here are five long-form health stories that are well worth your time.

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An ethics scandal at the American Journal of Bioethics is prompting journalists to more closely scrutinize the journals they cover. Here are some tips for evaluating a journal's credibility.

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In teaching health reporting, journalist and educator Ivan Oransky encourages students to flex their multimedia muscles.

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Even under serious deadline pressure, you can build a solid health story without cribbing from a news release. Here’s my 55-minute solution.

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From raspberry ketones to face transplants, online trending topics can be a valuable tool for your health reporting. Here's how to use them wisely.

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At their best, news releases are designed to distill complex science into understandable language the public (and media) can understand. At their worst, they are designed to sell a particular product. Here's how to use them as a jumping off point, not a crutch, for your health reporting.

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Never write a story about a health-related treatment without talking about costs. I wish health reporters would stitch that onto their pillows so they could see it every morning when they wake up.

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Help wanted. Pay not so great. Excellent chance of injury. You’ll never see an ad like this in the classifieds, but it’s a good description for many jobs. Get tips for reporting on occupational health.



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