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Getting past gatekeepers to cover research requires strategy

Brenda Goodman
Brenda Goodman

You have a great medical study to cover – interesting topic, compelling results. All you need is an interview with the study authors to help bring the research home to readers. But scoring an interview with a scientist who works for a government agency can be frustrating and full of dead ends. It shouldn't be. AHCJ's Right to Know Committee is working on improving reporters' access to a number of government agencies.

But change is slow. And your deadlines won't wait. What can you do today for a story that's due tomorrow? Brenda Goodman, AHCJ's medical studies topic leader, offers a set of strategies that recently helped her through an impasse with the FDA.

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