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Coretopic:Medical Studies

Whether you’re a health reporting specialist or a general assignment reporter who is just picking up the health beat for the first time, covering a medical study can be a bit daunting. Most reporters got into journalism to nurse a love of words, after all. But reporters who cover medical research need to know as much about math as they do about language and storytelling. Often, the story is in the numbers. Good health reporters are also translators, turning the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research into language that average readers can grasp.

As dry and formal as medical studies may seem, they also have beating hearts. 


New How I Did It

Data on organ transplants

David Wahlberg delved into geographic disparities, ethical debates and living donation for his nine-part series. See it now »

New Shared Wisdom

Respectful, inclu­sive language

Authors of studies may use lan­guage that un­wit­tingly dehumanizes or robs people of agency. See it now »

New Key Concept

Dose response

Learn about the value of understanding this term and how to use it in your reporting. See it now »

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