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Using social media to find real people for your story

Liz Szabo
Liz Szabo

When writing about medical studies, drugs, devices, medical procedures and other health stories, social media can help you find real patients, not the ones groomed by pharmaceutical companies, to round out your coverage of research and treatments. In this helpful tip sheet, Liz Szabo, an award-winning medical reporter for USA Today passes on some of her best tricks for using social media to cultivate sources.

If you're planning to cover the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, this advice comes just in time for you to set up a network of potential sources in advance.

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