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Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians

Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments... More

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The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

A New York Times column and a Guardian essay offer neglected perspective on dollar-sign objections to expansion

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are... More

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Why did CoOportunity fail?

The insurance co-op’s struggles raise questions about the efforts to foster competition

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit... More

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A closer look at the safety of FDA approved drugs

What reporters should pursue following the Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today’s drug investigations

John Fauber's latest stories in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are must-reads for anyone who uses medications and wants to know... More

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Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision

A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

Thanks in part to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the rollback of banking regulations woven into the recently-passed, so-called "crominbus" spending bill... More

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The New York Times on making do in retirement

Floyd Norris’ excellent column about pensions also provides a warning about healthcare

In a Friday New York Times column, Floyd Norris presented a pretty bleak picture for the future of retirement in... More

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How to report on Medicaid in 2015

Health Affairs editor-in-chief Alan Weil examines what’s ahead

Tom Wilemon’s great Medicaid coverage for The Tennessean—including his report last week that Tennessee’s Medicaid budget could be cut by... More

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The return of HealthNewsReview.org

Unique journalism watchdog will once again provide evaluations of healthcare coverage

A unique health journalism watchdog will resume posting new articles next month, after a nearly 18-month hiatus. HealthNewsReview.org, run by... More

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Vox performs a checkup on Sovaldi

Sarah Kliff delivers a much-needed piece on the $1,000 pill

Score one for Vox.com! The website’s article earlier this week about the costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi is one I’ve... More

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The Tennessean pushes for better healthcare

How one reporter helps readers see the effect of government policy on real people

Readers of Tom Wilemon's recent stories in The Tennessean could easily conclude Tennessee has once again declared war on... More

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How to report the narrow-network story

Unpacking a key issue of the new health insurance landscape

Before the second season of open enrollment on the health insurance exchanges began, I suggested six angles for reporters covering... More

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The Boston Globe finally digs in to a big story

Recent standout coverage of a hospital expansion fight makes up for a patch of weaker reporting

The Boston Globe has, at last, dug into the big business-of-healthcare story in its state. In an important article earlier... More

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Will radio save science journalism?

WNYC will soon have a new health unit

In hiring a brand-new health journalism staff, WNYC may be one of the only news outlets in the country that... More

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Reporters shouldn’t overlook this aspect of Obamacare

Six tips for reporters looking to clarify subsidy reconciliation

As healthcare reporters begin to focus on Obamacare open enrollment, one major, but overlooked issue comes to mind. That's the... More

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How did local TV cover California’s Prop 45?

A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations

Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of California’s Prop 45, a ballot initiative... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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