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Oct 28, 2009 - Posted by Regan Ray
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has launched a "comprehensive online guide to covering pandemic flu." The new website, Covering Pandemic Flu, is aimed specifically at journalists. The foundation is calling the new resource a...
Jun 25, 2009 - Posted by Regan Ray
An online project for journalists that tracks and links to government and NGO reports in Canada, which launched in April, now has more than 170 entries...
Mar 05, 2008
Article:
"Spreading the News: Social Determinants of Health Reportage in Canadian Daily NewspapersCanadian Journal of Communication," Vol. 32, No. 3 (2007)

Abstract:
As part of a research program called CHAMP (Canadian Health and Media Project) devoted to examining health literacy in Canadian daily newspapers, and operating from a theoretical framework that posits journalism as a practice of representation, this article is based on a series of formal interviews with English-language and French-language health reporters. The interviews sought answers to three central questions about health reportage: how do journalists demarcate such a vast topic as health? where do they find their stories? and to what extent are they familiar with research into the social determinants of health? It concludes that in spite of their dependence upon published scholarly research as a source of news stories, Canadian health reporters overemphasize the roles of the health care system and personal health habits in the production of Canadians’ health, and they underemphasize the role of social determinants.
  
Authors:
Mike Gasher, Concordia University
Michael V. Hayes, Simon Fraser University
Ian Ross, Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario
Robert A. Hackett, Simon Fraser University
Donald Gutstein, Simon Fraser University
James R. Dunn, University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital

Full text available in Proquest (CBCA), Ebsco, and by subscription at CJC-online.
Mar 05, 2008
Article:
"Fit to Print: A Natural History of Obesity Research in the Canadian News Media." Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 32, No. 3 (2007)

Authors:
Stephannie C Roy, University of Toronto
Guy Faulkner, University of Toronto
Sara-Jane Finlay, University of Toronto at Mississauga

Abstract:
This natural-history approach to investigating media reports concerning health can reveal the complex process whereby health research becomes news. Using television and newspaper reports of a press event taken from a larger project, this article examines the inception and mediation of obesity research in the Canadian news media. By exploring questionnaire data, a media release, telephone interviews with journalists, and news reports, we can better understand the meaning making that occurs at all levels in the communications process. We conclude that there is an interdependent and possibly problematic relationship between health sources and journalists that shapes the inception and mediation of obesity research and the translation of health research to the public.

Full text available in Proquest (CBCA), Ebsco, and by subscription at CJC-online.
Dec 03, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
The Kaiser Video Library is a free, online service for journalists around the world who report on public health issues. The goal of the video library is to provide television reporters and filmmakers -- particularly in low and middle income countries -- with another tool to accomplish their work. The library provides rights-free cover footage related to HIV/AIDS. Generic cover footage is also included.
Jul 03, 2007 - Posted by Abby Goodrum
Created by Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. This site provides access to reporter contacts, links, and resources searchable by beat.
Apr 13, 2007 - Posted by Julie Ryland
The scope of this pathfinder is to present a list of resources applicable to the topic of death and dying. Links span from the most current statistical data, to resources for the bereaved, to information on different belief systems. The pathfinder seeks to be comprehensive by taking a multi-faceted approach to the topic, providing concrete and useful links alongside more though-provoking fare. In all, a journalist will find everything he or she needs to write everything from a hard and fast tragedy or taking time to craft an obituary or feature-length story.

Created by Tamsyn Burgmann
Apr 13, 2007 - Posted by Julie Ryland
Guide and links to university departments, journals, associations, organizations, pediatric psychiatry, Geriatric psychiatry and other online resources.

Created by Emma Reilly
Apr 13, 2007 - Posted by Julie Ryland

Holistic medicine emphasizes all aspects of a person’s health including psychological, physical, cultural, economic and social factors. Alternative medicine minimizes and attempts to eliminate in its practice the use of surgery and drugs. Here you will find an overview of holistic and alternative medicine websites in Canada.

Created by Lianna Shen

Apr 13, 2007 - Posted by Julie Ryland
Guide and links to online medical sources in the following categories; general sources, health information, statistics, government sites, medical education, medical associations, medical literature, practicing medicine in Canada, medical news and medical research.

Created by Nisha Patel
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