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Victims of bad physician behavior everywhere are rubbing their eyes in disbelief today after Dr. Conrad Murray's conviction in the death of Michael Jackson. Here are five lessons from the case for regulatory agencies, prosecutors, patient advocates and journalists.

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Long before Conrad Murray was brought to trial for his role in Michael Jackson's death, Antidote blogger William Heisel reported extensively on the now-convicted doctor and his use of the sedative propofol. Check out his previous work here.

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Recently, I asked readers to show me a case where a state attorney general had been sued five times by a public hospital to block access to records sought by journalists. I didn’t know the half of it.

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More advice from Net Impact on the "mind mob" and creating your own job during a time of great change in journalism, media, nonprofits and health care.

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The annual Net Impact conference brings together some of the world’s brightest young business minds to tackle big questions about how to build a better future. Here are some tips from the conference for health writers.

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Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas is a public hospital. This may surprise you because the hospital has fought so hard to keep secret information about how it spends public resources. Here's how the hospital has tried to stymie the Dallas Morning News' reporting. 

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Wonder what happened with the National Practitioner Data Bank, the cell phone-cancer link and Lap-Band surgery shenanigans? Find out in these updates.

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FDA regulator Paul T. Hardy blew the whistle on problems with a Kodak mammography system — and got fired for his trouble. Here's what happened next.

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How did St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nancy Cambria report her groundbreaking — and heartbreaking — series on child deaths in day care without falling apart emotionally?

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When St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nancy Cambria started reporting on a child who died at a home day care in Missouri, she turned what could have been a tragic but isolated event into a can’t-put-it-down series. Here are five useful reporting tips from her work.



The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Let us support your next ambitious health reporting project through our National Fellowship program. Apply today.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!


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