May 01, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin said Michael Enright, host of The Sunday Edition, overstated the conclusion of a study when he said second-hand smoke does not cause lung cancer. 

Apr 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health is designed for general-assignment reporters – the most likely first-responders when news that may turn out to involve mental illness breaks. Moderator David Common, CBC News correspondent and host of the World Report, along with panellists André Picard, public health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail, Karen Liberman, speaker/mental health expert, and Dr. Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at University of Toronto and expert on the psychological health of conflict reporters), will discuss this guide to mental health reporting.

Apr 21, 2014 - Posted by Mary-Katherine Boss

One reader complained that a CBC Windsor story about a man pretending to be a doctor and handing out prescriptions for medical marijuana wasn't fair to those who actually required marijuana for medical purposes. Esther Enkin believes the headline represented the story and did not display any sort of message about the use of medical marijuana. 

Apr 21, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Mindset, a guide for reporting on mental health, will be launched on April 24 in Toronto by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma and CBC News. The former’s president, Cliff Lonsdale, explains why journalists should take as much care selecting words and considering hidden baggage in mental health reporting as in anything else we do. 

Mar 10, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The CBC won three awards in the 2013 Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's health reporting awards. 

Feb 19, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Journalists often work on stories that interest them, and sometimes that interest can be personal. So how do you separate your story from the story you’re writing? Ishani Nath explains how she wrote an article about oncologists while waiting in her mother’s hospital room as she battled cancer. 

Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by Cecil Rosner

A multi-year battle for the release of records relating to the death of children in care finally enabled reporters Karen Kleiss of the Edmonton Journal and Darcy Henton of the Calgary Herald to report an investigative series on the death of 145 children in Alberta. Kleiss reports how they got this story. 

Nov 22, 2013 - Posted by Mary-Katherine Boss

A recent article in The Globe spoke about a man's "miracle" recovery from spinal arthritis, but several issues were raised regarding the article's headline choice and lack of balance. Sylvia Stead agrees that the article was misleading. 

Oct 21, 2013 - Posted by Bruce Gillespie

Trudy Lieberman, past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists in the U.S., will be visiting Winnipeg as a Fulbright Scholar and guest of EvidenceNetwork.ca. Lieberman currently covers health and the coverage of health for the Columbia Journalism Review and blogs at CJR.org. She will share her thoughts on health journalism.

Oct 09, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Featuring Trudy Lieberman, past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists in the U.S. and guest of the Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy, along with Globe and Mail public health reporter André Picard. The Forum will explore topics such as public health reporting and how it serves the public interest; how research evidence is used by journalists in reporting; and what researchers can do to support evidence-based reporting. Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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Health and Medical Journalism


This section looks at how the media covers health and medical issues and debates. It also provides tools for journalists to better evaluate health and medical research, practice and policy.

Meredith Levine is a lecturer at University of Western Ontario, after having worked as a producer at CBC National Radio Current Affairs for over a decade. Her research focuses primarily on journalism ethics, health care ethics, patient preferences and values, and communication and disability.