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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.
posted 05/20/2019
How you conduct yourself in reporting a health investigation — or even a basic health beat story — is now fair game on social media, on talk shows, and everywhere else.
posted 05/13/2019
Instead of leaping onto the fearwagon when a bug seems to appear out of nowhere, check the science. Then consider seeking out the real infection hotspots in your community.
posted 12/20/2017
In his farewell post for the Antidote blog, veteran health care journalist Bill Heisel urges fellow journalists to adopt a posture of humility in the face of the vast, complex field that is health and health care.
posted 12/04/2017
In his first of two final posts for the Antidote blog, longtime contributing editor William Heisel reflects on how journalists can cultivate a more thoughtful relationship with their sources.
posted 11/21/2017
In the gray market for human body parts, companies and body brokers keep adapting to a changing industry. Here are some key takeaways from a recent Reuters series for reporters seeking to cover the ghoulish business.
posted 11/08/2017
The trade in human body parts in still rife with problems, 17 years after the Orange County Register detailed the horrors in "The Body Brokers" series. A new Reuters investigation provides a gruesome update.
posted 10/24/2017
Psychiatrist Reinaldo de los Heros has had more lives than a cat. For years, he was allowed to continue practicing, even after the death of one of his patients. But recent actions by Maine's medical board suggest his luck may have finally run out.
posted 10/11/2017
The simple act of putting the emphasis on the person and not on their health problem – be it a drug use disorder or something else – will have an impact on how you view the sources of your stories and how the story connects with your audience.

William Heisel's Blog

While objectivity might not exist, the key is to check your biases. And recheck them throughout... more »
posted 06/05/19
Misinformation about health spreads as rapidly as a pathogen. Here’s how to track its spread... more »
posted 05/28/19
How you conduct yourself in reporting a health investigation — or even a basic health beat story ... more »
posted 05/20/19

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