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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 Shared Wisdom

Overlooked parts of studies

"Always read the whole study. There's often a lot of interesting information packed into the methods section, etc." See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Seven areas to pay attention to

A great place to start for those new to reporting on drugs, devices and medical technologies See it now »

New Shared Wisdom

Advice for those new to the beat

"Get your hands on the actual study [...] Press releases sometimes exaggerate or suggest news hooks that don't really represent the research." See it now »

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Columbia University Medical Center

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