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What questions do you have about covering COVID-19? The Center for Health Journalism is answering questions on how reporters and newsrooms can respond during the pandemic.

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Reporters from around the country share their strategies.
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“In a weird and dark way, it’s a good time to be a health reporter," one freelancer said.
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How do you find COVID-related racial disparities at nursing homes? Start with these tips.
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This week's question: How can the media encourage people to get vaccinated, once a vaccine has been developed?
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“You can’t allow a lack of data to stop you from reporting," says Poynter's Al Tompkins. "Report what you don’t have and constantly pound on that.”
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“I don’t think it’s any different than any beat you’re covering,” says Tiney Ricciardi of The Denver Post. “Think about your audience and news they can use.”
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How can journalists report on how implicit bias is affecting the quality of health care in their area? We asked some experts for ideas.
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Experts explain how to put the inevitable rise in COVID-19 cases into context.
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“My major piece of advice to anyone encountering preliminary studies is to be skeptical,” said journalism professor Sharon Dunwoody.
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How are newsrooms divvying up coverage of this gargantuan story? We asked around.

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