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Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog

Veteran health journalist Barbara Feder Ostrov blogs about all things health journalism-related, in particular providing tips for reporters covering health policy, health reform, public health, community health, local health issues, access to care, health insurance, SCHIP, Medicaid and Medicare.

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I owe journalist Carrie Ghose an apology. Last year, I used her story on one woman’s health insurance woes to illustrate how difficult it can be to get patient narratives right. But her reporting was correct - hence the apology. Here's what happened.

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Ron Shinkman has worked many gigs in his career, but none perhaps as eye-opening as his experience covering the medical marijuana industry in Southern California. Here's our Q&A with the veteran health business journalist.

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Here are some highlights of what’s sure to be a tsunami of media coverage on the 11th Circuit Court decision on health reform's individual mandate.

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Journalist Emily Ramshaw gives the backstory on how she reported her ground-breaking series on Texas' colonias, impovershed neighborhoods that remain without running water, paved roads or electricity after decades of neglect.

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Ridiculously fattening foods, the perils of testing for Alzheimer's and the link between flying and patient safety, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Michelle Obama kicks off a new $200 million loan fund to bring more fresh and nutritious food to the California communities that need it most.

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Bad air on school buses, the benefits of Medicaid, concerns over hospice care and more from our Daily Briefing.

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New whooping cough immunizations required for California teens, health reform woes for immigrant children and more from our Daily Briefing.

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The long-awaited Federal Communications Commission report on American journalism, Information Needs of Communities, paints a poignant picture of the decline of health journalism at the nation’s newspapers.

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A little legwork can deliver compelling stories about how cancer treatment costs are affecting patients in your community, whether they’re  insured or not. Here are some tips and resources to jump-start your reporting.

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