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ProPublica's Terry Parris Jr. and Dr. Lindsay Green-Barber of the Center for Investigative Reporting recently shared their strategies for incorporating community engagement into the reporting process.

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Most numbers you see in health stories are estimates. Yet very few stories acknowledge that. Antidote blogger Bill Heisel discusses a few ways that you can help illuminate the estimation process for your audience.

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Researchers published a study this week that describes an uptick in reports of playground brain injuries. Although the increase was negligible, much of the media coverage failed to put the risks in context.

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It was the disturbing practice of force-feeding that led author Ann Neumann to reach out to Connecticut prisoner Bill Coleman. The journalist-source relationship that ensued highlighted for Neumann the importance of “frank communication” over what makes it into the story.

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Peggy Girshman, a visionary journalist beloved by many and a longtime friend of our center, died Monday. She was a gifted leader, generous mentor, and a funny, endearing presence to those lucky enough to work with her.

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“One important thing is to find your advocate,” veteran reporter John Gonzales told fellow journalists this week. “You got to find someone who is going to be there for you when you’re having trouble with access.”

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Two journalists, a doctor and a nonprofit leader offer tips and context for how to tell urgent stories from underserved communities in the midst of the ongoing Obamacare rollout.

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When you can't find the data you need and you end up building your own reporting database, you very likely will be criticized. Here's how to prepare for a few of the most common criticisms.

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Next week, the Center for Health Journalism will host 21 reporters for our 2016 California Fellowship. Fellows and their newsrooms partner with our Center to produce ambitious projects on health topics. Here's a look at the talented crew that will be joining us.

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Let's say you asked for data during the early stages of reporting, but the agency in question told you, "Tough luck." Contributor William Heisel offers tips on how to fill an empty spreadsheet with pluck and will.

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Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the United States?  Apply now for one of our positions. 

The best journalism these days wraps compelling narratives around scrupulous data analysis. Apply now for our 2021 Data Fellowship to learn the skills necessary to use big data to inform your reporting on health and social welfare issues. Learn more in this webinar on Aug. 3.

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