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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 Key Concept

Avoiding false balance in stories

Include as many perspectives as possible, as long as they're based on solid evidence. See it now »

New Shared Wisdom

Covering studies on animals

Elizabeth Devitt has two key details to look at when considering studies performed on animals. See it now »

New Resource

Number needed to treat

An online tool can help you calculate this important statistic. See it now »

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