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Progress with pertussis: Is it goodbye?

In the sequestration era, reporters need to stay on the whooping cough story

In a recent piece for msnbc.com, Geoffrey Cowley paints a dark picture of the impact sequestration cuts will have on... More

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Brill’s big breakthrough

A Time manifesto on healthcare costs smashes fences that have constricted this conversation for far too long

Steven Brill's taboo-busting X-ray of the US medical system, "Bitter Pill," has a chance to reframe the way we... More

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Policing the food police (part 1):
the assault on salt

Covering government efforts to improve the nation’s eating habits is more complicated than it seems

This is the first installment in an occasional series that will examine media coverage of public initiatives aimed at ending... More

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Healthcare costs: A moment of clarity

Steve Brill stands his ground on ABC

Bravo for Steve Brill! His appearance on ABC's This Week was a rare example of a guest on a... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What’s in a name?

The GOP puts some new lipstick on an old idea: vouchers

National Journal's Margot Sanger-Katz picked up a juicy Washington tidbit worth passing on to healthcare reporters and interested readers.... More

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The Big Boys: An affordability puzzle

Healthcare Insurers push a one-sided meme, and the press runs with it

During the long debate over health reform, one issue barely discussed was whether the Americans who would be required... More

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Exchange Watch: growing pains in Connecticut

Is the state’s model insurance plan unaffordable?

On October 1, state health insurance exchanges throughout the country, called Health Insurance Marketplaces, will start enrolling people eligible... More

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Caveat emptor: You’re on your own with those vitamins

In absence of oversight, journalists should warn consumers of risks as well as benefits

The popular health story of the past week, picked up from ABC News to Yahoo and across the gamut of... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What the president said, and didn’t say

The search for hidden meanings in the reform rhetoric

The president's State of the Union message may have sort of resolved the question: "Will he or won't he... More

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Here comes the National Nurse (maybe)

A new bill seeks to elevate nursing, which could lift healthcare. Reporters might take note

A few days ago, the unlikely congressional team of Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, and Peter King,... More

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Medicare Uncovered: parsing Senator Corker’s big bill

A primer for reporters on a significant bill

This is the third of a series of occasional "Medicare Uncovered" posts that will look at how the media are... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Corker and his bill

The press needs to move out of its comfort zone

This is the second of a series of occasional "Medicare Uncovered" posts that will look at how the media are... More

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Can mental healthcare curb gun violence?

Some strong coverage takes a good look at that question, and reflects a shift in how we discuss mental illness

In another lifetime, I did PR for Big Pharma and flacked for some of the biggest names in academic medicine... More

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Incredible shrinking insurance co-ops

Congress gives a gift to the insurance companies. Time for the press to take note

When negotiators wrapped up their fiscal cliff negotiations, among the quiet casualties were insurance co-ops, which had been hailed... More

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The Big Boys: Aetna’s dubious rationale
for raising rates

Needed—a closer look at insurers’ sob stories

This is the second of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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