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Daniel Chang: "Master Class: Reporting on Health Policy"


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Daniel Chang's slides from the Center for Health Journalism webinar, "Master Class: Reporting on Health Policy" 9.6.18

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Daniel Chang: "Master Class: Reporting on Health Policy"

  1. 1. Daniel Chang Healthcare Reporter The Miami Herald @dchangmiami
  2. 2. A Day In the Life  Build a daily “news feeding” routine  Local sources: Facebook, Twitter, subscribe to email newsletters, check local blogs.  National perspective: Kaiser Health News ‘Morning Briefing’, Health Affairs ‘Following the ACA’, STAT ‘Morning Rounds’, Morning Consult ‘Health’, the New‘Morning Rounds’, Morning Consult ‘Health’, the New York Times’ ‘The Upshot’, Modern Healthcare A.M.  Pick up the phone. Catch up with old sources. Introduce yourself to new ones. Don’t fear the cold call.  Meet sources for coffee and chit chat. Take notes sparingly. If they give you something good you can come back and ask to go on the record.
  3. 3. Finding the Right Source  What will they do? Illustrate policy impact, provide expert perspective, subjects of news events.  You will meet many people. Keep an Excel list organized by subject relevance.  Issue open calls – Public Insight Network, Twitter posts, Issue open calls – Public Insight Network, Twitter posts, Miami Herald Facebook page, notices in stories.  Traditional sources like police and fire PIOs, hospital public affairs, Lexis-Nexis and Accurint.  Advocacy groups: AARP, navigators, FQHCs  Sometimes sources find you through your reporting.
  4. 4. The Reiters of South Florida
  5. 5. Bringing the Big Stories Home  Who’s your audience?  Identify the healthcare stories that matter to your readers, listeners, viewers – chronic conditions, accessibility, physician shortage, a hospital closureaccessibility, physician shortage, a hospital closure  CHNAs, health department assessments, insurer spending all provide clues to how people in your community are using healthcare and why  Read your colleagues work on Center for Health Journalism, AHCJ  Localize your morning news feed
  6. 6. Balance Billing as a Local Issue