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German HealthNewsReview website launched today

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The German “sibling” to our project launched today – While the site is in German, the Google Translate tool does an adequate job in translating it for those who don’t speak auf Deutsch.

From the online announcement:

“…a unique monitoring project observing medical coverage in German media starts: A team of respected medical and science journalists regularly evaluates selected articles from newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and the internet. The evaluations, comments and further recommendation are published on the website Each evaluation is based on an internationally approved catalogue of quality criteria which was extended and refined at the Chair for Science Journalism at Dortmund University (TU Dortmund) in cooperation with the reviewers of the project. Details about the project are presented at a press conference during one of the biggest meetings of science journalists in Europe , the”WissensWerte”in the Congress Center Bremen on November 8th 2010 (5 p.m.). The German project was inspired by similar projects in Australia, Canada and the US ( ).”

When I consulted with the German team in Dortmund in September, I asked Professor Holger Wormer, a longtime science journalist, what his message would be to German journalists who have not yet seen the website.

Website publisher Marcus Anhäuser, a freelance science journalist, discussed one topic on which he hopes to generate more discussion – the limitations of brief stories that don’t offer enough background, analysis or context.

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