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Five tips for reporting on medical negligence – without getting into legal trouble yourself

Between understanding medical terminology and decoding legal documents, reporting on negligence cases can be complicated. A media lawyer shares her expert tips for journalists.

Seeing the forest for the trees with Cochrane South Africa: Forest plots and systematic...

A gentle introduction to forest plots and systematic reviews. Courtesy of Cochrane South Africa and the South African Medical Research Council.

Reporters, are you ok? If you’re feeling traumatised, you’re not alone

Journalists have immersed themselves in the COVID-19 story for months. But at what cost to their mental health? A recent study found that three quarters of reporters surveyed felt significant emotional distress.

‘The toughest story I’ve covered’: How COVID-19 changed journalism

Three journalists and a scientist unpack how the coronavirus pandemic changed their jobs and the news landscape. Watch the discussion here.

Here’s a really great way to find the studies you’re looking for

Finding it hard to narrow down searches for journal studies you’d like to reference in your stories? Our friends from Cochrane South Africa and the South African Medical Research Council taught us how to use the PICO method.

Struggling with reporting on COVID-19? This free course will help

Epidemiology 101 is a tailor-made course for journalists presented by world-renowned epidemiologists and scientists.

The jabs that could save us — an introduction to COVID vaccines for journos

We co-hosted an online course on COVID vaccine science for journalists. The course content was conceptualised by Bhekisisa and the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care...

How to be a health reporter: Asking the right questions of research

Cochrane South Africa and the Medical Research Council explain how research studies are designed and which are best to use in your reporting.