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On Camera, 2nd Edition by Tom Flynn, Nancy Reardon

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8 Medical Reporting

Marysol is comfortable having a meteorologist who knows the science of weather behind her. For her beat, knowing television is more important than knowing the science behind weather. Weather is perhaps the most technology-driven reporting with graphics for maps, five-day forecasts, as well as abundant use of video clips. Knowing television is crucial for the weather reporter.

But when you come to the health and science reporter, it’s quite the opposite.

Do I Need To Be a Doctor?

One of the best on the medical and science beat ever was Max Gomez, health and medical editor at WNBC-TV in New York. To become a medical reporter, he believes you need some sort of scientific background.

“I don’t know that you have to be an MD, or ...

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