Medicine in the Media

Much of the medical information Americans get comes through the media. Stories about new discoveries, “breakthroughs,” threats of new diseases and other topics are a constant presence in newspapers, electronic media, and increasingly, the web. But how do news organizations and journalists ensure that what they’re reporting is thorough and accurate?

Medicine and the Media, in partnership with the National Institutes for Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, teaches journalists to approach medicine as skeptically as they do politics by teaching them how to interpret and present scientific information.

Guide to Reporting

Numbers Glossary


Promoting healthy skepticism in the news: Helping journalists get it right
J Natl Cancer Inst, 2009;Vol. 101: 1596-1599
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