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Funding For:

The Journalist’s Resource


Recipient:

Journalist's Resource, a project of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy

Grant Period:

Nov 25, 2019 - Dec 31, 2021

AMOUNT:

$80,000.00

Summary of the Project:

Journalist’s Resource will produce tip sheets, research roundups and training materials aimed at improving journalistic coverage of scientific and health policy research in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health crises.

About the Grantee:

For over a decade, Journalist’s Resource has been a trusted source for journalists seeking to find and understand peer-reviewed research on a variety of topics. JR’s weekly email newsletter now has more than 52,000 subscribers and some 56,000 people follow JR on Twitter. As newsrooms become increasingly short-staffed, JR helps to bridge the gap between academia and journalism to inform high-quality news reporting. JR has informed numerous articles from large and small media organizations. Everything on the JR site is published under a Creative Commons license, meaning newsrooms are free to share JR content on their own websites.

Related Grantee Work

June 11, 2021

When hospitals acquire physician practices, it can influence how individual physicians practice medicine: New research

One new study finds that doctors who shifted to hospital employment were more likely to refer their patients for “inappropriate” MRIs. Another links the shift to a rise in tests ordered for Medicare patients.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

December 14, 2020

Palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic: A research roundup

Palliative care is a medical subspecialty that focuses on providing relief from pain, stress and other symptoms for seriously ill patients. A patient with a serious illness can be referred to palliative care at any point in the disease trajectory, including at the time of diagnosis.

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Author: Michelle Seaton

November 30, 2020

Racial disparities in telemedicine: A research roundup + 5 reporting tips for journalists

With the rapid expansion of telemedicine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have begun to explore how a new emphasis on virtual care might exacerbate persistent racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. health care — and, perhaps, help repair them.

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Author: Kristen Senz

November 16, 2020

A tale of two pandemics: A nonfiction comic about historical racial health disparities

The comic which draws on research articles, explains racial health disparities and the spread of misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic and the 1918 influenza pandemic. The doctors’ speech-bubble quotes come directly from interviews.

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Author: Josh Neufeld

October 12, 2020

Telemedicine for drug addiction treatment: A research roundup and 5 reporting tips

The move to telemedicine alleviates some longstanding barriers to treatment, but it also raises new questions, particularly as pandemic-related workplace closures and other stressors put people struggling with addiction at increased risk.

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Author: Kristen Senz

September 28, 2020

Drug prices: Why prescription medicines remain unaffordable for many Americans

For journalists covering health care in the context of the election, it’s important to have a handle on the state of pharmaceutical prices in the United States.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

August 23, 2020

Coronavirus vaccines: We address 3 big questions about safety, distribution and adoption

As journalists work to keep communities informed about COVID-19 vaccines, they need to consider questions about safety, distribution and adoption.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

August 23, 2020

Reporting on coronavirus vaccines: 5 tips to help journalists inject audiences with the facts

To help reporters make sense of what’s known and yet to be learned about COVID-19 vaccines, Journalist’s Resource asked for insights from the experts.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

July 27, 2020

The expanding role of Medicaid in US health care: A research roundup

This comprehensive explainer/roundup includes several summarized studies on the expanding role of Medicaid, as well as background info to help journalists understand and and report on the key debates about the program.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

July 27, 2020

Covering Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic: 6 things journalists should know

This tip sheet, a companion to the research roundup, details six things journalists should know before tackling the topic in their news stories.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

July 16, 2020

Elder abuse: What research says about prevalence, assessment and prevention

Journalist’s Resource summarizes several relevant studies on elder abuse, including a recent article on COVID-19 pandemic.

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Author: Sari Boren

June 22, 2020

7 tips for journalists reporting on surprise medical bills

Many people in the United States face unexpected medical expenses despite having private insurance coverage, due to a phenomenon known as “surprise billing.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

June 16, 2020

Surprise billing: Why consumers with medical insurance still may face major health care expenses

This research roundup/explainer introduces readers to the phenomenon of surprise billing and summarizes several studies on the topic.

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Author: Kerry Dooley Young

June 12, 2020

Covering rural health care amid COVID-19: 4 tips from Carrie Henning-Smith

An assistant professor explains what she wants journalists to know when covering rural health and health care in the context of COVID-19.

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Author: Sari Boren

June 10, 2020

Rural health care and COVID-19: A research roundup

This research roundup/explainer focuses on the state of rural health care and its capacity to respond to a pandemic.

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Author: Sari Boren