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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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Scientists and reporters are watching for a full-blown COVID-19 resurgence. How will we know when we're there? Keep these confounding factors in mind.
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Curious what’s happening in your state? Here's how one newsroom tackled the question.
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The federal funding spigot has been turned on full force to combat COVID-19. That means journalists should start keeping tabs now.
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Why reporters should explain to their audiences how misleading case counts really are.
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As the amount of COVID-19 data grows, so do the coverage possibilities for reporters covering the pandemic.
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"If I had to grade journalists on this point during the crisis I would give them a B+ on writing about uncertainty in epidemiology."
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How reporters have been asking about whether their communities are ready for the expected surge of patients suffering from COVID-19.
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Here’s how to you can do an up-to-date analysis of tests, cases and deaths in your state.
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A powerful new modeling tool from the University of Washington can help you ask tough questions about what the health care system in your state is doing to prepare.
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If you’re like me, you are alarmed by the rates of complications and deaths from sepsis worldwide. As a reporter, where do you start? Hospital Compare is a good place to begin.

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