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Statement of principles for health care journalists

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:38 GMT

Author: Gary Schwitzer
Position: Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Submitted Date: December 30, 2004
Published Date: January 6, 2005
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In "The Commercialisation of Medical and Scientific Reporting," Caulfield calls on journalists to ask researchers about the nature of their funding and the financial relationship of the researchers to the sponsor.

This is just one principle addressed in a much broader Statement of Principles I wrote this past year for the Association of Health Care Journalists (

The Statement is available online at:

No competing interests declared.