Sites that Critique Health Journalism

(Example of how backed-up I am: WordPress says I started drafting this post on 9/18/08)

I was skeptical when I first heard about Health News Review…but learning that Craig Stoltz was involved with the projectI met Craig, a pleasantly skeptical guy, at an AMA conference last year and liked him immediately. He spent six years as the editor of the Washington Post health section and was the editorial director for Revolution Health. Craig also writes a great blog called Web 2.Oh…really? in which he “cast[s] a weary eye on the alarming, annoying and occasionally amazing uses of Web 2.0.” made me give it a close look. is published by Gary Schwitzer of the University of Minnesota’s health journalism program and funded by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making.

Read a few reviews and you’ll likely find them reliable and wonderfully critical. Be sure to check how how they rate stories.

Health News Review focuses on U.S. news, so anglophones in other nations will want to note these:

For Canadian news, there’s Media Doctor Canada.

Australians have Media Doctor Australia.

The NHS Choices site has a section called Behind the Headlines which seems to serve a similar purpose for U.K. health news.

Your turn: Are there other sites like these that I missed?

5 thoughts on “Sites that Critique Health Journalism

  1. David–

    Thanks so much for the kind words, even four months delayed.

    To return the love, readers should know that David will be joining me again this year at the April American Medical Association Communications Conference. David, as you know or imagine, performs extremely well on the main stage.

  2. Hi David,

    Here’s a site I recommend produced by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow:

    In their words:

    Behind the Medical Headlines aims to provide the public and health professionals with authoritative and independent commentaries from leading medical experts on articles or news items which appear in our daily media (nationally and internationally) in an attempt to reduce the confusion which can often arise from conflicting, incomplete or misleading media reports of medical areas.