Do we need to learn to live with sponsored health care content?

I was going to scan in the front page of today's Globe, which features a story on Partners staff complaining about how hard it is to learn the new $1.3 billion HIT system. There was a teaser nestled up to it for a story on the first penis transplant. That juxtaposition made me wonder how a slip … Continue reading Do we need to learn to live with sponsored health care content?

Advertisements

Stat, the new (Boston Globe?) life science site, is up

After trickling into The Boston Globe in recent weeks, the STAT website is up. Looks impressive and has some big names on the masthead. (Can we still call it a masthead?) Congratulations to all. If you are confused about its relationship with the Globe, you're not alone. STAT is a new animal, digital first with … Continue reading Stat, the new (Boston Globe?) life science site, is up

Good-bye Boston Globe health section. For real this time.

Last time The Boston Globe said it was shutting down its health and science page, it didn't, really. The weekly section migrated to Monday's G, a daily tabloid. Now, G is gone and so is the section. The new broadsheet feature sections debuted today and Monday's theme is "Family." What this means in the age of … Continue reading Good-bye Boston Globe health section. For real this time.

Good morning Denver: Health writers meeting this weekend #AHCJ14

Not much of a Boston presence at the Association of Health Care Journalists meeting this weekend, but we take note anyway. Even if you are not a writer, the meeting offers much clear-eyed insight into the health care system. And these days, tools we use to probe quality and costs are available to anyone who … Continue reading Good morning Denver: Health writers meeting this weekend #AHCJ14

The Boston Globe’s science blog is worth digging for

Carolyn Y. Johnson’s "Science in Mind"  blog in the  Globe, which is buried in the print version of the paper and difficult to find online. (Hover over  "News" and it's in the menu to the right.) Science reporting is hard. Writers have to find a spot between jargon spewing and oversimplification. The “why should I care?” bar … Continue reading The Boston Globe’s science blog is worth digging for

Local reporters, editors, data crunchers win health journalism awards

A lot of the heath care journalism awards out there are kind of soft -- they come from trade or industry groups. They have their own place on our walls, and, in some cases, we appreciate them. (In other cases, an award may represent a conflict of interest.  An award from an institutions you cover? … Continue reading Local reporters, editors, data crunchers win health journalism awards

Understanding science news: Infectious disease edition

  A Harvard student group holds monthly seminars to explain complex scientific topics to the public. They usually fill an auditorium and they always videotape their presentations. Check out “Science in the News” here. The session on dog science didn’t have much of a news hook, but their current “Flash” newsletter does. As a nod … Continue reading Understanding science news: Infectious disease edition