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10 Things I Learned This Semester About Reporting on Addiction Solutions

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Appropriate Language We learned about the importance of using appropriate language when reporting on addiction in the very beginning of the semester, which was helpful going forward because by the time I started writing my stories, I was so used to using the language I did not even realize I was utilizing it. Throughout the semester, I made sure to use appropriate language in the blog posts, and...

10 things I learned This semester about reporting on addiction solutions

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Language is so important when writing solution journalism stories. During this of course we were reminded a countless amount of times about our language when writing and conducting interviews. You never know what people may be sensitive too, so using the correct language was key. I also found that people within long-term recovery have there own words and phrases that they have deemed to...

10 Things I Learned This Semester About Reporting on Addiction Solutions

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Language is so important. We were reminded of this so many times throughout the semester, but while I was out reporting I really got a better sense of why. You never know what people’s sensitives are, and I never wanted to offend an interviewee. Also, I thought it was interesting to see how people in long-term recovery all have different perspectives when it comes to appropriate language...

Journalist show us the trick of the trade when it comes to reporting on addiction

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This was our final class speakers and it was two journalist, Morgan Zalot from NBC10 and Elena Gordon from WHYY’s they cam to talk to use about covering addiction in the news media. They also talked about their own experiences in other field while reporting on addiction. I was really excited when these two journalists came to class because I remember watching Morgan Zalot’s...

Reporting on Addiction: A Q&A with two journalists

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Last week, Morgan Zalot of NBC Philadelphia and Elana Gordon of WHYY came to our class to talk about their experiences with reporting on addiction in Philadelphia. Zalot was part of the team that worked on Generation Addiction and Gordon is a health reporter who often writes about addiction and its causes and effects. The reporters both told us that they are conscious of the language they use in...

Addiction Reporting Q&A

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Last week Elana Gordon from WHYY’s the Pulse and Morgan Zalot from NBC10 visited our class to conduct a Q&A and discuss their work as established journalists. Elana Gordon who has been covering addiction recovery on and off for nine years has always had an interest in the field of addiction reporting, especially when it comes to the opioid epidemic. She often finds herself looking ways to...

Reporting on Addiction: Advice From Two Journalists

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Elena Gordon from The Pulse at WHYY and Morgan Zalot, who worked on Generation Addicted by NBC 10, came in to speak with our class for our final session of guest speakers. “Radio can be a very powerful medium for talking about this kind of stuff,” Gordon said. Gordon writes articles for The Pulse, but she also contributes to The Pulse’s radio and podcast segments. Gordon started in public...

Rebecca Bonner: Bridgeway Recovery School

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Rebecca Bonner recently visited our class to discuss Bridgeway, the only recovery high school in the Philadelphia area. Bonner, the head of Bridgeway, opened the school in 2011 with the intention of intervening lower on the spectrum to prevent kids from developing substance use disorders Having witnessed her daughter personally struggle with drug addiction, Bonner knows the importance of...

“I’m a human first and a journalist second”

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Two journalists came into our class to discuss an ethical dilemma of reporting on addiction. A big portion of the discussion was to ensure that reporting is not sensationalized. Morgan Zalot of NBC Philadelphia and Elana Gordon of WHYY spoke about their experiences reporting on the sensitive topic. Zalot describes her experience reporting on addiction “by accident in a way”. She was...

The Benefits of Collegiate Recovery

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Robert Ashford and Jimmy Hatzell recently visited our class to discuss the benefits of collegiate recovery programs. The purpose of these programs along with advocating addiction recovery is the enmeshment of an academic and recovery lifestyle. Colleges without these programs have students in recovery who aren’t supported on campus and feel isolated from the rest of the student population...

In reporting, ‘What are we going to tell them that is different?’

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While working for NBC10, Morgan Zalot, a journalist, and her colleagues, thought about how much stigma their is around addiction, particularly IV users. They wanted to create a piece of journalism that was different that conveyed much more than just how bad the epidemic was. “What are we going to tell them that is different?” she said. Her colleague, Vince Lattanzio, started looking...

“Don’t just tell people it’s a problem, but tell them what is being done or what can be done about it”

by Danielle Nick On Thursday, April 6th, Elana Gordon from WHYY’s the Pulse and Morgan Zalot from NBC10 spoke to our class about what it is like to report on addiction. Gordon and Zalot actually took opposite paths. Gordon always had an interest in public health and did not even major in journalism. However, her career at the Pulse has allowed her to blend her love for health with a new passion...

A Thoughtful Approach to Covering Addiction

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This was one of my favorite lectures of the semester given that we learned so much about the process of developing feature content on addiction and recovery for mainstream outlets from the two journalists that spoke in class. Elana Gordon is a public health reporter for WHTY The Pulse who offered some really deft insights into the nuances of developing stories in this space. There is a...

Bridge Way School: ‘sanctuary’ for young people in recovery

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Rebecca Bonner said high schools are often students “pharmacy of choice.” It was the case for her daughter. When her daughter was dealing with her addiction, Bonner did research on recovery high schools and found out that the closest school was in Boston. It inspired Bonner to start her own school: Bride Way School — the only recovery high school in Philadelphia. A large issue in...