Complicated, controversial and confusing. The health care debate is a tough story to cover in any medium. As one TV news director wrote me, “It’s hard to find information from anyone who doesn’t have a dog in the fight.”
Where can you look for suggestions, tools and background? Try these sites:
Reporting on Health, a blog from the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, has tips for reporters covering health reform and related issues.
Covering Health, a blog from the Association of Health Care Journalists, tracks stories and offers tons of links to more information.
The Health Care Blog, called a “must read” by the Wall Street Journal, bills itself as providing “everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.”
HealthBeatBlog is by Maggie Mahar, a fellow at the Century Foundation and the author of “Money Driven Medicine.” Gooznews on Health is a blog maintained by former Chicago Tribune journalist Merrill Goozner.
Kaiser Health News is a good place to find a quick summary of the day’s health reform news.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has a tool for comparing the major health reform proposals floating around on Capitol Hill.
Journalism.org did an analysis of health news coverage in early 2009 that may be instructive.
If you have other resources or strategies to share, please add a comment.