Health news stories are reported by reporters who specialize in reporting medical information. They are usually employed by large media outlets and work to convey complex scientific information in an easy to read format. Most stories are accurate and well balanced, though some are not. Some reporters try to squeeze too much information into a short news story and oversimplify the topic.
Sources of health news
When reading the news, you should be careful not to fall for “fake news.” While the news may be provocative, it is not always true. It is best to rely on sources you trust and take everything with a grain of salt. For example, health news may come from press releases, but that does not mean it is necessarily accurate or trustworthy. In addition, health news should quote multiple independent sources. Be careful of single-source stories and make sure the people quoted are appropriate for the article.
Some health journalists use scientific research as their source of news. They may use the research to create stories. But if they simply cite a single source, they may be misrepresenting information. For example, a scientific study on the effectiveness of smoking may only be informative if it comes from an expert in that area. And if a news organization has been reporting on a certain health condition for many years, it may not be based on a single study.
Methods of reporting complex scientific information
In reporting complex scientific information, journalists should ensure that they are reporting the findings accurately. Journalists should be aware of a variety of sources of information. Journalists should look to the peer-reviewed literature when reporting scientific information. Even so, some sources may contain errors or misrepresentations.
Journalists can use the IMRAD format to communicate complex scientific information in a text-based format. This format may take different forms depending on the audience. For example, some disciplines may require an abstract, while others might require a separate section for the hypothesis and results. Journals usually place the Methods section last, while some require the Discussion section to appear first.
Sources of medical video skits
Several sources exist for medical video skits about health news. One source, the CDC, produces video podcasts, online videos, and public service announcements. This agency also has a limited amount of B-Roll. Currently, the CDC is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (NCV), which was first discovered in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It has since spread throughout the world, including the United States. In addition, the CDC partners with Medscape to produce videos that provide healthcare professionals with up-to-date information. The focus of these videos is to offer guidance to practicing clinicians.
Another source of medical video skits is the AAFP. This organization is a one-stop shop for medical information. One of its most popular videos, “Glaucomflecken Syndrome,” features Dr. Will Flanary, an ophthalmologist. He started his stand-up comedy career in college at Texas Tech University, where he contributed to the school’s satirical magazine, GomerBlog. His satire blends the specificity of a medical expert with a touch of irony.