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January 4th, 2011
09:21 AM ET

How we decide what studies to cover

One of the questions we are often asked in CNN's health, wellness and medical unit is how do we go about deciding what studies we are going report on. We call experts, look at past studies and ask many critical questions.  There are many studies that we decide aren't relevant to our readers and viewers.  It's our job to make sure we give you as much perspective as possible, to explain what other science is out there and how much the current research is likely to really affect anyone's life.

This week,  HLN's Richelle Cary invited me on to explain.


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  1. Lincoln Brigham

    Pop media is in love with scientific studies. Even after vetting them, the majority of the studies that make it into pop media are still not worth reporting on. At best the conclusions are almost always tentative, exaggerated, and premature. At worst they are often found to be quite wrong some years later. But science studies help fill the news cycle, even if it's bad science. It's easy to get a science study to make a dramatic claim, much harder than getting real news.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. guestright

    i like science ufo human link 'the world turns?screw that!'

    January 4, 2011 at 13:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Andrew

    They are decided on the basis of: Does the study put woman in a favorable light, Does the study put minorities in a favorable light, Then that is ALL we need.

    January 4, 2011 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • notmyrealname

      So you work for CNN? You make the decisions as to what is covered? When are they going to teach you punctuation? It seems to me that knowledge of punctuation and grammar ought to be requirements for a journalist.

      January 4, 2011 at 21:11 | Report abuse |

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