In partnership with USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and a number of other organizations, Santa Barbara online news outfit Noozhawk (about), put together “Prescription for Abuse,” an exploration of the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs in the Santa Barbara area. In the extensive, online-only series, the reporters take a look at the problem and its underlying causes, then go a step further by exploring possible solutions as well.
In a uniquely meta twist, the series even looks at how journalism such is advancing public health goals and explains how the project came together. The series features at least 36 individual articles, by my count, and every health journalist who takes the time to browse the full catalog will come across at least a few easily localizable ideas, but in this space I’ll just highlight those stories that deal directly with the series itself:
- USC, California Endowment Unite to Support Health Journalism at the Source
- Bill Macfadyen: Prescription for Abuse Project Is a Series of Opportunities
- Santa Barbara Teen News Network Adds Another Dimension to Prescription Drug Abuse Series
- Annenberg Fellowships Take a Diverse Approach to Community Health Journalism
- Bill Macfadyen: Noozhawk Earns a USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship
- Noozhawk Journalists Recount Lessons Learned from Prescription Drug Abuse Series