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Roads are a key to everything, a reporter quickly finds out while traveling through the Navajo Nation.
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Researchers offer reporters some tips for avoiding common pitfalls when talking about the effect of socioeconomic status on health.
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With deadlines looming, I was able to publish a feature-length story just a week after receiving data files with tens of millions of data points. Here's how I did it.
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A journalist shares key lessons from reporting on the Puerto Rican government's failed responses to a dangerous disease that spread after two hurricanes ravaged the island.
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At first the story of Dajha Richards' death was poised to be another daily about a fatal shooting. But as reporter Molly Sullivan combed through her social media accounts, she found a much deeper story of love and abuse.
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Taken together these stories on pediatric surgery programs raises serious questions about American hospitals and the care they provide. Here are a few worthy of further examination.
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While objectivity might not exist, the key is to check your biases. And recheck them throughout your reporting.
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"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.
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Find the people who can tell the story. Scrutinize death records. Isolate the levers that can create change.
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"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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