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State of the News Media 2011, a comprehensive annual report by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, tells us a lot about how health coverage has evolved. Some of the data is predictable, but worth highlighting as we think about how we allocate space in our news coverage

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The Future of Music Coalition conducted a survey in 2010 showing that 33 percent of musicians responding had no health insurance. It's a problem that resonates with freelance journalists or those who do not receive health benefits from their employers. Broader concerns about health access in the

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If you have ever been a freelance journalist, you know how hard it can be to break into a new outlet. That's why opportunities like those offered by HealthyCal.org are golden. The site focuses on health policy and how it connects to communities around California, an apt topic for editor Daniel Weintraub who spent nine years as a public affairs columnist at the Sacramento Bee. When Weintraub launched HealthyCal.org just over a year ago, he was the main content producer. Now, he's looking for new contributors from all over the state to connect Sacramento politics with ground realities.

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Aly Colón, independent journalist and instructor at the Poynter Institute, said in a recent webinar that journalists should look for "listening posts" to help find untold stories. Colón is a specialist in ethics and diversity and discussed ways that journalists can improve in both areas. This week at Career GPS, we start a conversation about diversifying coverage with this question: What are the best places for health journalism listening posts?

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Rick Edmonds is a media business analyst who writes the Biz Blog at Poynter Online. In Poynter’s "100 Ideas to Make Your Journalism Better" webinar last week, Edmonds said journalists need to know what is happening in the business of journalism. While times are going to get leaner as we move ahead, there are still good areas of opportunity in news media, he said. Demand for digital and mobile content is on the rise, as is federal and business coverage. This week at Career GPS, I ask Edmonds about the business of health journalism. Where are we headed and how can we can be prepared?

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If you're looking for affordable and convenient journalism training (that you can do in your pajamas), there are few better resources than Poynter News University. This week in Career GPS, we bring you the best ideas for health journalists from the 100th NewsU webinar, and new health media job openings.

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The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism offered three seminars on social media this week. I won't do another post on the virtues and anxieties and the basics of using social media. Instead, I’ll focus on using social media to be a better reporter.

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If you have a smartphone, chances are you know what an invaluable tool it is for a journalist. This week, we're highlighting iPhone applications that are useful for health journalists.

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André Picard has an enviable and unusual journalism career. He began his professional life as a summer intern at The Globe and Mail in Canada and stayed on with the paper for 24 years. "Yes, I have a very boring CV," Picard joked in a phone interview from Montréal.

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Mental health professionals say that journalists need to get informed and be open to talking about how their work affects their mental health. This week at Career GPS, we get that conversation going.

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