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Investigating Health

This column offers thoughtful commentary on untold and overlooked issues that are ripe for journalism and policy exploration and investigation. We highlight great investigative journalism coverage, talk to leading reporters and thinkers, share resources and datasets rich with untold stories, and discuss how to navigate the roadblocks confronted in hard-hitting investigations.

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A veteran investigative reporter unpacks one of the pandemic's biggest tragedies.
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Why journalists need to do more to prevent the spread of disinformation by calling out the sources and the spreaders.
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It's worth paying special attention to how many people complete the two-dose COVID-19 vaccination regimen.
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Contributor Bill Heisel outlines three things you can do to put together an investigation of environmental threats near you.
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Story ideas from the shared boder and ideological gulf between Washington and Idaho.
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Post-election shifts in COVID-19 policies offer reporters a great opportunity for compare-and-contrast stories.
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Asking the question of who is counting deaths in your area can help audiences understand whether COVID-19 deaths may be overcounted or undercounted.
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There is a wealth of information on medical devices. Here’s a quick tutorial to help get you started on some investigative stories.
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Many areas were zoned for homes decades or even centuries before our current understanding of wildfire risk.
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Before the vaccines start to arrive in various jurisdictions, explain to your audience the character of your county and state health officials.

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