Investigative journalism: Health care issues

This online learning session will take place 11:00 to 12:00 CET via Zoom.

The global pandemic has increased the need for investigative journalism in the field of health care. 

Investigating such issues is complex and challenging. It demands reading detailed documents and getting well-acquainted with medical jargon. Numbers and statistics are also part of the game. Although the learning curve can be steep, you'll never run out of stories in this specialized area of investigative journalism.

This session will help you better understand how drugs and vaccines are developed and approved, how you can identify red flags, and how you can gain access to unpublished data. It will also explain what it means for you to apply the PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparator, Outcome) tool to your journalism. 

This online learning session will be hosted by Nils Hanson. He will be joined by Serena Tinari, an investigative journalist specializing in health and medicine. Serena has made dozens of TV documentaries for the Swiss public broadcaster. She is a co-founder of Re-Check, a nonprofit organization that specializes in investigating health affairs and medical issues. She is a much sought after lecturer on international investigative conferences and webinars and a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Serena and Catherina Riva, the other founder of Re-Check, recently authored a new comprehensive guide into investigating health care commissioned by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).

Skills learned:

Audience: Helping the audience understand complex issue related to health and medicine
Editorial: Building interesting stories based on complex data and jargon
Storytelling: Adapting data and jargon to create stories that are accessible to the public

To receive an invitation to this online session, please email Frédéric Frantz at

We are keen to continue supporting our learning community of EBU Members’ professionals in the best way we can, so we are offering online sessions where possible. Please keep up to date on our upcoming sessions here.

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Audience Editorial Storytelling


03 Mar 2021


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Frédéric Frantz
Business Training Manager