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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 will 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 of sorts for fellow journalists, 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.

Each specialty topic page will include glossaries, key concepts, reporting tip sheets, weekly blog items, first-person stories by fellow journalists, videos, data and more. The topic home page will serve as a launch pad to more resources, on healthjournalism.org and elsewhere.

Future Core Topic pages will include:

  • Health Professionals
  • Health Information Technology
  • … and several others.

For now, you can still search the site for information on these topics by using the drop-down menu at the top right side of the site, in the gray bar, to choose a topic. That will pull up a range of resources we have on specific topics – including tip sheets, articles, Web links, reports and studies, past contest entries and more.

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