NOTE TO READERS: When this project lost substantial funding at the end of 2018, I lost the ability to continue publishing criteria-driven news story reviews and PR news release reviews - once the bread-and-butter of the site going back to 2006. The 3,200 archived reviews, while still educational, are getting old and difficult for me to technically maintain on the back end of the website. So I am announcing that I plan to remove these reviews from the site by April 1, 2021. The blog and the toolkit - two of the most popular features on the site - will remain. If you wish to peruse the reviews before they disappear, please do so by the end of March 2021. After that date you may still be able to access them via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine - https://archive.org/web/.
November 23, 2020
“Investigating Health & Medicine” – Global Investigative Journalism Network
This guide deals extensively with how to independently assess research claims and frequently cites the work of HealthNewsReview.org, which has experience in appraising health and medical claims as they are published by the media. HealthNewsReview.org is doing outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Q: Misinformation surrounding the coronavirus seems to be rampant, what can be done to counter misinformation?
A: I have always believed that a strong grassroots movement to help the general public to improve their critical thinking about health care is required in order to counter misinformation. That is what I have tried to do on HealthNewsReview.org for the past 14 years. But no one project, no one organization, can address all of the myriad misinformation that washes over the public every day like a tsunami. So I believe we need to start from the bottom up to give people the tools to improve their own analytical skills, their own ability to weigh the veracity of claims, their own pathways for finding accurate, balanced and complete information.
Our 3,222 reviews of health care journalism & PR will be gone soon. The rest of the website will remain. Read details. https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2021/01/our-3222-systematic-reviews-of-journalism-pr-will-be-gone-soon/
Year-ender: links to all 44 articles I published in 2020 - a year of too-frequent distortion, deceit and misinformation, worst I’ve seen in my 47-year career. https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2020/12/reflections-on-2020-you-cant-mask-this-reality/
“The distinction between what we do know and what we do not yet understand should be explained more often and more clearly in our coverage,” said @garyschwitzer. Journalists need to get past press releases from drug companies, but also debunk conspiracies. https://buff.ly/2LX9MVo