Covering the Affordable Care Act

Course Overview

Covering the Affordable Care Act
Self-Directed Course
Because we believe so strongly in helping journalists cover this important topic, this $49.95 series is free.
Time Estimate:
Each conversation in this series will be about an hour.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

The Affordable Care Act is bringing sweeping changes to your community and your audience. How will you develop news coverage to help people get the information they need and guide them through the changing healthcare landscape?

In this special project, we will give you the tools you need to report on the Affordable Care Act with accuracy, depth and context. We will help you go beyond policy and politics to tell stories about real people.

A combination of articles on and conversations at NewsU will answer key questions to guide your coverage. We will highlight stories other news organizations have done and share best practices in health care reporting. And we will gather additional resources to help you in your newsgathering, storytelling and audience engagement.

Conversations include:

Have stories you'd like to share? Questions you want us to help you answer? Just email us at

What Will I Learn:
  • Common mistakes made by journalists
  • How to find the untold stories
  • How to report fairly and without bias
  • How to localize the national story
  • Resources you can offer your audience about medical costs
Who should take this course:

Reporters, editors, producers, bloggers and anyone who wants give their audience a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act.

Technical Requirements:

This Poynter conversation contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.
We strongly suggest viewing these conversations with a wired connection.

  • Flash Player - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 or higher
  • Browsers - Mozilla Firefox 2 or higher; Safari 2 or higher; Google Chrome (any version)
    Windows users can also use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher
  • Bandwidth - 256Kbps (512Kbps recommended)

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