Journalism Grants

Funding For:

Public Education via Evidence-based Podcasts

Cost & Quality


Grant Period:

Oct 21, 2015 - Oct 20, 2016



Summary of the Project:

Led by Gary Schwitzer, produced audio podcasts reviewing media messages about health care interventions.

About the Grantee:

The mission of is to improve the public dialogue about health care by helping consumers critically analyze claims about health care interventions and by promoting the principles of shared decision-making reinforced by accurate, balanced and complete information about the trade-offs involved in health care decisions. evaluates health care journalism, advertising, marketing, public relations and other messages that may influence consumers and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves.

Related Grantee Work

November 08, 2016

Vinay Prasad, MD takes on moonshots, precision medicine, journalism & more

Gary Schwitzer interviews Vinay Prasad, MD, a hematologist-oncologist at the Oregon Health and Sciences University on his views on the problems in health care, including the cost of cancer drugs and over-promotion of screening tests.

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October 04, 2016 campaign on osteoporosis overdiagnosis

Gary Schwitzer interviews Ajay Puri to discuss ShowMoreSpine, a social media campaign to address overdiagnosis of osteoporosis, with an eye on changing clinical guidelines.

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June 08, 2016

Trying to make breast cancer decisions while conflicting news stories swirl about

This podcast introduces the story of Melissa Phipps, a breast cancer patient, to highlight how patients can be harmed by flawed news stories.

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May 23, 2016

ChemoBrainFog blogger criticizes celebrity breast cancer news

Gary Schwitzer interviews patient advocate AnneMarie Ciccarella about her blog @chemobrainfog, and they discuss how celebrities’ stories about their own breast cancer experiences are often misleading and harmful.

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May 12, 2016

4 decades of solid medical science journalism by Sharon Begley

This podcast profiles Sharon Begley, senior science writer at STAT, the new life sciences publication of The Boston Globe.

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April 06, 2016

ABC stations mislead patients with “migraine treatment” news

In this podcast, Teri Roberts, a patient advocate and blogger, discusses questionable news coverage announcing a new migraine treatment.

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February 22, 2016

Interview with John Fauber, a Watchdog on Conflicts of Interest

In this podcast, Gary Schwitzer interviews John Fauber on how he investigates conflicts of interest and approaches tough questions about financial relationships between industry and researchers and clinicians.

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February 16, 2016

Rare disease foundation says medical journal misled patients

In this podcast, Gary Schwitzer interviews Michele Manion, the executive director of the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation about how media messages can harm people.

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January 26, 2016

Christie Aschwanden, a Standout in Health Care Journalism

In this podcast, Gary Schwitzer interviews Christie Aschwanden, from FiveThirtyEight and The Washington Post, to discuss the gap between public messaging and data and the need for more evidence-based health care reporting.

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January 19, 2016

Real harm to real people from shoddy PR news releases

This podcast covers the lack of evidence behind many news releases, using the example of a University of Maryland news release claiming that special chocolate milk helped football players with concussions.

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December 21, 2015

Jennifer Miller & the Good Pharma Scorecard

In this podcast, Gary Schwitzer interviews Dr. Jennifer Miller, PhD, one of the creators of the "Good Pharma Scorecard," which ranks new drugs and their manufacturers on the transparency of clinical trial information for those new drugs.

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December 14, 2015

Brian Nosek, Center for Open Science

In this podcast, Gary Schwitzer interviews Brian Nosek on the University of Virginia's Center for Open Science's work to improve the quality, reproducibility and transparency of scientific research.

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December 07, 2015

John Ioannidis & the Scourge of Sloppy Science

In this podcast, Gary Schwitzer interviews Dr. John Ioannidis to discuss why most published research findings are false and why journalists need to do a better job explaining the uncertainty of science to the public.

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