Science Journalism Goes Global

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Science  19 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5934, pp. 1491
DOI: 10.1126/science.1176995

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When swine flu struck swiftly in Mexico, it created a challenge not only for international public health officials but also for journalists around the world assigned to follow the unfolding story. They needed to explain, in the face of great uncertainty and a nonstop news cycle, what the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus was and the potential dangers it posed. It was a difficult story handled most capably by experienced health and science reporters.