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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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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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Reporters can help us understand what has happened — and what hasn’t — over the past two decades. The stakes are immense.
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Why did the Occupational Health Safety Network meet with such an abrupt demise?
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"How is it supposed to work?" Answer that question and you're better prepared to spot when things go wrong.
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"The problem was, I was being played," writes contributor Bill Heisel. "The giant petrochemical company, Arco, had the city of Butte and the state of Montana outmatched."
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Disinformation is always bad for democracy, but it is especially toxic during a pandemic.
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We’ve long given up the idea that justice is blind. We need to give up the idea that health care is blind, too....
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Now is the time to start building timelines and documenting how local governments are handling — or fumbling — the COVID-19 crisis.

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