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An expert panel discusses the ongoing wave of attacks, as well as how the media can cover these issues with sensitivity and nuance.
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LA Times reporter Marissa Evans shares tips for mining public records — and you don’t have to be a geek to do it.
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As the amount of COVID-19 data grows, so do the coverage possibilities for reporters covering the pandemic.
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“If you don’t have the money to cover a deductible, your insurance in many ways feels like ‘uninsurance’ to you,” said KFF's Larry Levitt during our recent webinar on the soaring costs of job-based plans.
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“I think one of the things that’s changing is the desire to let people see themselves in the data,” ProPublica's Charlie Ornstein told fellow journalists at the 2017 California Data Fellowship on Saturday.
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“What you’re hearing is that the pain killer problem has turned into a heroin problem,” Dr. Andrew Kolodny said. “That makes for a good story, but that isn’t really what’s going on.”
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“It’s nuts in Washington right now,” said Noam Levey of The Los Angeles Times. So, how does a local reporter tackle this huge national health policy story?
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I experienced a crushing failure as an investigative reporter that I hope none of you ever have to experience. But I learned some important lessons along the way, including the need to focus my questions, narrow the scope, and embrace imperfect data.

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The Los Angeles Times took an impressive deep dive into the problems plaguing California’s foster care system, detailing the extent to which perverse incentives and a lack of monitoring among private agencies overseeing foster homes has led to disturbing patterns of child abuse.

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In January, California will shore up promises it made when launching its innovative prescription drug-tracking program with more funding and a better ability to find patients who doctor shop or physicians who prescribe an abnormal amount of opiates.

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