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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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“The reality is that, if we’ve hit the standards, we’ve just begun to consider access and inclusion for disabled people in space,” one accessiblity advocate told me.
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Nearly a year ago, I approached the top editor of Politico Pro with a simple question: Have we ever thought about covering cannabis? After all, the topic is a policy reporter's dream.
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Ready for a fresh project to kick off the new year? Take a page from a recent investigation by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and start looking into who regulates dentists in your state.
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We are firmly in the season of overeating. That means there is no time like the present to talk about one of the big contributors to our dietary dilemma.
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We had some wallpaper drama at our house recently. It got me thinking about the value of building a specialized skill set as a health journalist.
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Unlicensed sober homes pop up all of the time, they aren't tracked by the state of California, and they are not held accountable by any government system.
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When our health care workers suffer poor health because of their jobs, the system is weaker for all of us.
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There’s a rush to ban a dangerous ingredient in e-cigarettes. But people are missing the truly deadly ingredient in these electronic drug-delivery devices.
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A report from The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kansas and GateHouse Media’s National Data and Investigations Team is a good reminder that there can be much more to these stories.
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What stories are you ignoring? What stories might be consuming too much of your bandwidth? Are you spending too much time with one particular source? It's worth scrutinizing your inbox periodically.

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