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posted 09/13/2019
Journalists should find out whether schools near them are making even a meaningful effort to encourage better eating among their students. Here are some ideas to get started.
posted 09/03/2019
It’s exciting to talk about going to jail to protect a source. But it’s much more practical to talk about how you can keep yourself out of court entirely.
posted 08/29/2019
The latest outbreak of a drug-resistant bacteria in beef and cheese reminds journalists that the development of antibiotic resistance in animals and humans is now a true health hazard. Here's how to start covering the story near you.
posted 08/21/2019
When stories make bold claims about life expectancies chopped by decades or rates of chronic diseases skyrocketing for those with higher scores, they can create heightened anxiety without a real solution.
posted 08/14/2019
The recent news that Armstrong’s death in 2012 may have been due to complications from a medical procedure was big news for history buffs, space fans, and investigative reporters. Here's why.
posted 07/17/2019
What can you do to make sure you’re not in a position where outing a source is an option?
posted 07/10/2019
How can you find out if hospitals or health centers near you are doing enough to ensure good maternal health? Start by pretending you are a first-time mother in crisis.
posted 06/26/2019
The zeal with which we turn to childhood adversity as a root cause of so many things borders on the religious, argues contributor Bill Heisel.
posted 06/05/2019
While objectivity might not exist, the key is to check your biases. And recheck them throughout your reporting.
posted 05/28/2019
Misinformation about health spreads as rapidly as a pathogen. Here’s how to track its spread using an online tool called Hoaxy.

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Journalists should find out whether schools near them are making even a meaningful effort to... more »
posted 09/13/19
It’s exciting to talk about going to jail to protect a source. But it’s much more practical to... more »
posted 09/03/19
The latest outbreak of a drug-resistant bacteria in beef and cheese reminds journalists that the... more »
posted 08/29/19

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