Paper makes audacious decision to highlight silent epidemic

By Susannah Nesmith, CJR Editor’s Note: This article first ran on Dec. 2, 2016 on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website. The Palm Beach Post made the bold decision to profile all 216 people who died of an opioid overdose in its coverage area last year, risking the wrath of victims’ families, some of whom were horrified…

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Going beyond stereotypes to report on substance abuse and addiction

By Jennifer Lu When writing about a topic as pervasive and complex as heroin addiction, the last thing you want to do is to get it wrong. At the 2016 CAR Conference, Stephen Stirling and Jacquee Petchel, who have reported extensively on this subject, shared their experiences and advice on reporting, quantifying and telling the…

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