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Health and Science Reporting


No. Many of Newmark J-School’s most successful health and science alumni majored in journalism or the humanities in college.

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Student Work

Here’s a sampling of work that Health & Science students produced for class and later published:

  • The global healthcare climate footprint is huge, but in the science journalism class Yara El Murr ’20 wrote about emerging solutions, a story she then sold to The Guardian.
  • For their capstone project, Gus Fisher, ’20, investigated the backbreaking and hazardous jobs that incarcerated people are forced to do, for a minimum wage of 16 cents per hour. It was published in Truthout.
  • In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Sophie Putka, ’20, learned that ants–which, like us, are social animals–instinctively adopt behaviors that reduce infection, including disinfection and social distancing. She successfully pitched the story to Discover.
  • Shantal Riley, ’19, published her capstone project in Vice: this expose about chemical contaminants leaching from a U.S. military base into drinking water in Newburgh, N.Y.
  • Kara Brown, ’19, wrote for the Introduction to Health Journalism class about the need to protect one’s scalp with sunscreen and later published it in Well + Good.
  • Ben Powers, ’19, investigated the psychology of cringiness for the Science Journalism class, and Popular Science bought the story.
  • Molly Enking, ’18, revealed in PBS NewsHour the lengths to which women go to give birth naturally after a previous C-section, because doctors often consider the practice riskier than it really is.
  • Lori Freshwater, ’17, and Brett Dahlberg, ’17, wrote an expose in the Village Voice about a New York doctor who sexually abused patients.
  • Amy Mackinnon, ’18, described in Tonic an increasingly common eating disorder called diabulimia, in which people with type 1 diabetes lose weight by skipping their insulin shots, often with devastating health consequences.

Contact Us

Do you have a question about the Health and Science program? If so, please contact us.

Emily Laber-Warren
Director of Health and Science Reporting