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The other day, Reporting on Health asked its friends to share stories about their best health journalism adventures and misadventures. We made it a contest on our own ReportingonHealth Facebook page and offered prizes of a $50 itunes card (1st prize) and In Pantagonia, Bruce Chatwin's adventure saga (2nd Prize).

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The nuclear crisis still playing out in Japan may be happening thousands of miles away, but there are numerous relevant stories that health reporters can unearth in the United States that go beyond breaking news.

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Welcome to the inaugural post of Career GPS, ReportingonHealth's new blog about pursuing your passions while looking out for your pocketbook. Here, we will discuss career opportunities, growth and development for journalists and media professionals working on health topics. We'll talk about new kinds of media jobs and have Q&As with people who have taken interesting turns in their careers. Please do join in the discussion by commenting and posting your own entries about your experiences.

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If you’ve ever wondered who, exactly, is writing health stories for the controversial Web content provider Demand Media and its brands like Livestrong.com, meet Adam Cloe. I encountered Adam last week at the AHCJ conference in Chicago, where he was staffing Livestrong’s exhibitor booth and politely taking guff from journalists appalled at the idea of getting paid 10 cents a word.

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How do you tell the stories of children or teenagers who have stigmatizing health problems without causing harm once the story is published? Laurie Udesky offers tips for reporting with sensitivity — but still getting the story.

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