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University of Wisconsin–Madison
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

First Do No Harm: Physician-Journalists and ethical reporting

It is increasingly common for news organizations to employ physicians as journalist who report on health and medical issues.  Gary Schwitzer wonders who is responsible for training these physician-journalists in media ethics.  Schwitzer is the publisher of and  senor reviewer for, an organization that analyzes healthcare reporting, media relations and advertising.  One of his biggest concerns is the prevalence of undisclosed conflicts of interest.