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Core Topics

CoreTopics: Essential coverage areas for health journalists

While there are hundreds of health and health care-related topics covered in news and feature stories every day, the Association of Health Care Journalists believes there is a core set of topics that today’s health journalists need to master to cover the beat well.

Healthjournalism.org is home to thousands of pages of information, data and brilliant story examples. In an effort to curate this information into a curriculum from which fellow journalists can learn, we have launched a Core Topic effort using “topic champions” – lead editors – from our membership to shape this material into practical guidance in covering stories on those topics.

Specialty pages serve as launch pads for reporters starting on stories, seeking some background or wanting to keep up with the latest developments in a topic area. The pages will include glossaries, key concepts, reporting tip sheets, routine blog items, first-person stories by fellow journalists, videos, data and more.

Thanks to some generous sponsors, we have been able to launch these core topics:

  • Health Reform
  • Aging
  • Oral Health
  • Medical Studies
  • Insurance
  • Social Determinants/Disparities

We plan to continue adding to our core topic lineup as funding becomes available. If you are interested in specific topics being added to this curated work, please let us know. In the meantime, be aware we still have significant resources on many different topics. A simple search in the search bar above will show you what tip sheets, articles, links, contest entries and other resources we have on a given topic.

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