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Does It Matter Who Writes Medical News Stories?

  • Amanda Wilson,

    Affiliation: The School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Waratah, Australia

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  • Jane Robertson,

    Affiliation: The School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Waratah, Australia

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  • Patrick McElduff,

    Affiliation: Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia

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  • Alison Jones,

    Affiliation: School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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  • David Henry mail

    david.henry@ices.on.ca

    Affiliations: The School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Waratah, Australia, The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Canada

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  • Published: September 14, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000323

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Flawed distinctions between types of journalist

Posted by reportages on 19 Nov 2010 at 15:09 GMT

So if you don't readily find a link on Google that indicates a given journalist's specialism, then he/she is a "nonspecialist". Likewise, you also automatically classify journalists from e.g. the AP or Reuters as "nonspecialists", apparently unaware that each of these organizations employs thousands of journalists, many of whom are indeed specialized in health / medicine. And "foreign media outlets" have specialized journalists too, in the case of the NYT probably a half dozen who write only about health and medicine. So your study eagerly tries to point out that ignorant mainstream journalists too frequently get things wrong when they write about the rarefied field of medicine, but, and so ironically, your ignorance of contemporary journalism renders this research meaningless from the get go.

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