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5-Star Friday: thoroughness & thoughtfulness
This is a unique Five Star Friday in that we have examples of great reporting from both the breaking news end of the spectrum, as well as a long-term and in-depth investigative project. We also have two stories that scored very highly with our reviewers. This is important because the two diseases covered — Alzheimer’s […]1
5-Star Friday: More screening, more vitamins and more advocacy can only be good, right?
If there’s a common question running through this week’s 5-star Friday, it is this: Is more always better? As someone who has worked in healthcare, my typical answer is that more evidence is certainly better. (As is more listening and empathy, for that matter!) And as someone who reads a fair amount of health care reporting, I would […]
5-Star Friday | Our staff pick some gems from the past month
A big part of what we do could be called “criticism.” It’s a long and proud tradition that is often misunderstood as solely focusing on the “negative.” Which is not the case. If you dig deep enough into the etymology of criticism you will find roots in such words as discriminating, deciding, and – yes […]
5-Star Friday • Informed patients & uninformed President? These journalists nail it!
It’s been a month since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and I’m beginning to think it meant we were in for 6 weeks of great health care journalism (rather than 6 more weeks of winter). Last week was inspiring and this week had more excellent articles than we could write about. So don’t miss the links down at […]
5-star Friday • Three pieces of health care journalism gold
In 1945–a year when good news was clearly needed–Byron Nelson wowed and delighted by winning 11 consecutive golf tournaments. It’s the longest winning streak in professional golf. No one has come close since. This past month (a month, you could argue, that good health care news was sorely needed) I’ve been wowed and delighted by another streak worth […]
5-Star Friday: Unvetted public relations & silencing science
STAT – which we often admire for its thoughtful and thorough journalism – had a busy and commendable week. Earlier this week they published two excellent articles addressing timely and provocative topics. Though they weren’t the type of stories that are eligible to be systematically reviewed by our expert team, each of them is worthy of five stars in […]
5-Star Friday! Not a cancer ‘cure,’ a menstrual pain ‘off switch,’ and therapy for ‘text neck’
Here’s a quick note to draw attention to some of the 5-star efforts we’ve recently looked at: Our reviewers thought Maggie Fox of NBC did an exceptional job with her piece, Cancer drug Keytruda keeps some patients alive for 3 years. Excerpt: “… a nice job of walking readers through the study’s numbers, how pembrolizumab might […]
5-Star Friday: Smarter PSA testing, science’s Lake Wobegon effect, lifesaving coffee, and more
In what will be our last 5-Star Friday celebrating quality journalism in 2015, we take a look back at recently reviewed stories and news releases that have set a high standard for excellence and earned 5-star ratings from our reviewers. This HealthDay story, “Breast-feeding linked to reduced risk of preemie eye problem,” by Kathleen Doheny, is […]
5-Star Friday: Texting, “skipping chemo,” rethinking breast cancer treatment, and Planned Parenthood
Five-star Friday is our ongoing effort to recognize excellence in health care journalism — both in the stories that we review on this site and in the larger media landscape. In the former category, we’ve had two recent stories garner five stars from members of our expert review team comprised of both journalists and health […]
5-Star Friday: liquid biopsies, resveratrol, Med diet and more
This is just a quick Friday shout out to a handful of recent 5-star efforts that we’ve reviewed and which deserve recognition: Reuters adds some cold water to direct-to-consumer ‘liquid biopsy’. Our reviewers called this one particularly strong on characterization of harms and pointed to this informative text: “Patients might be attracted to a less-invasive test […]
Five-Star Friday (and a few frustrating flops)
Great journalism shouldn’t go unnoticed, which is why we take time every so often to recognize outstanding efforts with our Five-Star Friday feature. In the time-honored (but futile) pursuit of that utopian concept called “balanced journalism,” I have opted to append a few Frustrating Friday Flops to this week’s selection of highlights. If there was […]
Five Star Friday: Vox, WSJ, NPR, USA Today, NY Times earn kudos
It’s been a while since we’ve shined a light on important work in health care journalism, including these two stories that earned a top 5-star rating from our reviewers. You Could Skip Your Colonoscopy If You’re Willing To Collect Your Poop by Vox’s Katherine Hobson. Excerpt from our review: “All too often, colonoscopy is promoted […]
Five Star Friday – news releases that shine or stink
After systematically reviewing 122 PR news releases in the past year, our reviewers have only graded 5 PR releases with a top 5-star score. And one came this week – for a news release from Washington University in Saint Louis, “To Prevent Infection After C-Section, Chlorhexidine Better Than Iodine.” Our reviewers noted: “Like another release we […]
Five-Star Friday: A sweet story from TIME, plus Philadelphia Inquirer, NYT
This week we’re highlighting three recent stories that we rated as excellent with 5 stars: Alice Park’s report for TIME: “Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, A New Study Says“ Jane Brody’s (NYT) “IUDs and Hormonal Implants Remain Underused Contraceptives“ “Penn study: Pay patients to take their pills” by Tom Avril of the Philadelphia Inquirer Reviewers gave […]
Five Star Friday: Vox, Stat, FiveThirtyEight… and also horrifying horsesh-t.
Saluting excellence once again in our Five Star Friday feature. In our systematic story reviews, Julia Belluz of Vox.com got a 5-star score for her piece, “How well do flu shots work? Here’s what the science says.” The New York Times got a 4-star score for “Talk therapy found to ease schizophrenia,” and US News […]