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The Medicare NewsGroup asked its newly formed Medicare Leaders Advisory Board – a group of prominent former leaders of the federal program and political veterans – this question: “What context should journalists have in order to evaluate competing Medicare reform proposals?”...

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Journalists and pundits alike speculated freely this week about how the Supreme Court will rule on health reform, based mostly on the justices' comments during oral arguments. Should they have?

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Should institutional PR departments be held to the same degree of accountability as reporters when crafting their press releases?

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The long-awaited Federal Communications Commission report on American journalism, Information Needs of Communities, paints a poignant picture of the decline of health journalism at the nation’s newspapers.

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Bioethicist and writer Carl Elliott used many documents to piece together the story of how a research team desperate for patients helped create a pipeline for clinical trial participants by setting up a psychiatric ward. Here's how he did it.

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It’s doubtful that so many health journalists would have covered the case of the late Dr. Mel Levine if he had not appeared on Oprah.

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It's the kind of thing that makes traditionalists in journalism cringe, and convinces them that technology will ruin the integrity of news. SEO is the tech acronym for "search engine optimization," ways to design websites and content that will rank highly in search results. What many journalists might not realize is that the techniques of SEO are actually not that far off from the fundamentals of hard news.

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Peggy Girshman, executive editor for online at Kaiser Health News (KHN), is hiring. This week, she pulls back the curtain for Career GPS readers and explains what she is looking for in a job applicant and shares her personal do's and don'ts for journalism résumés.

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Wendy Johnson spent five years as a reporter at newspapers in Cape Cod and then on Capitol Hill before taking the leap to the B2B (business-to-business) media world.

"It's something that I fell into accidentally," Johnson says. But she discovered that writing about one industry for a new audience of executives and others in healthcare was both "really interesting" and viable. "I could see that there was a career track here."

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Ann Moss Joyner is president of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, a nonprofit organization based in Mebane, North Carolina that provides research and mapping services in cases involving civil rights, predatory lending and institutional discrimination. Ms. Joyner is the co-author of numerous scholarly publications on using geographic information systems to expose exclusionary zoning and annexation practices. She has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from New College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina.

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