A multi-disciplinary team of reviewers from journalism, medicine, health services research and public health assesses the quality of the stories using a standardized rating system. Stories are graded and critiques are published on this website. Two or three different reviewers evaluate each story.
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HealthNewsReview.org does not provide medical opinion. Nothing in our reviews should be construed as medical advice.
We understand there are many challenges to achieving accuracy, balance and completeness in health care journalism. For a reporter, there are deadlines, editors, and corporate financial pressures. We hold the bar high for quality in health care journalism because it plays a major role in educating consumers. Consumers need to be well informed to make sound choices that affect their health and well being.
News stories will be monitored each Monday through Friday in major U.S. media. We may, at any time, review any news story we see from any news organization. But on a regular basis, the following are the media we will review. We will only review what we find on the websites of these news organizations.
Each day we will review the websites of ten of the newspapers with the leading circulation. We excluded the New York Post and the New York Daily News because that would mean that three of the top 10 newspapers being reviewed were from New York. We wanted broader geographic diversity in what we reviewed.
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Checked weekly: websites of news magazines
During our first 3.5 years, we reviewed ABC, CBS and NBC health news stories every day. We decided in 2009 to stop this very time-consuming process of having three reviewers apply ten standardized criteria to TV news stories because, frankly, overall the stories were not improving. We have limited resources and can’t review everything. We chose to apply our time, resources and energy to new and different media with whom we might have more impact. That does not mean we are ignoring TV health news. In fact, since that decision in 2009 we have commented frequently on our blog about TV health news.
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