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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. 

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New How I Did It

Investigating concerns over medical tests

Beth Daley explains how she reported one of her award-winning stories, “Oversold prenatal tests spur some to choose abortions.” See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Covering scientific conferences

Veteran journalist Mark Taylor shares his strategy for successfully covering such massive events. See it now »

New Shared Wisdom

Reporting on findings of a single study

Olivia Campbell offers advice on finding context for reporting on medical research. See it now »

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Columbia University Medical Center

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