See #healthintheheadlines for tweets from Wenesdays panel of three top journalists on the challenge of covering healthcare today https://t.co/AboXfZ2VJU — COM 201 (@CO201) April 5, 2018 #healthintheheadlines is now wrapped up! Look for a recording of the panel on our site in a few days! Thanks to @jrovner @rachanadixit @sangerkatz and @emma_sandoe for joining us! … Continue reading Covering health care — from DNA to ACA — is a challenge. Three reporters share insights and tips at Harvard Law #healthintheheadlines
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?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
A plug today. Mass Device -- officially called the The Massachusetts Medical Devices Journal -- is a web site that reports on the business of medical device industry. Like pharma, the medical device industry develops products that create jobs and cure people. Both also make TONS of money off the way the health care system … Continue reading Support solid, local reporting on medical devices
WBUR's Radio Boston takes on the ever-present issue of the influence of drug makers on docs. Listen on their web site or today at 3. Guests include: Jerry Avorn, M.D., PChief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks and … Continue reading Radio Boston: The Influence of Pharma on Docs