Understanding vaccine hesitancy amongst parents is complex, sociologist says

Jennifer Reich

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As long as there have been vaccines, parents have been concerned about getting their kids vaccinated. That is according to Prof. Jennifer Reich, a sociologist at the University of Colorado (Denver). She has studied parental vaccine hesitancy in great depth. Her book, Calling the Shots: Why parents reject vaccines, explores the history of vaccine hesitancy, going back to polio, smallpox, measles, and whooping cough. She has interviewed many parents, caregivers, health officials, scientists, and others. Continue Reading →

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When the Local Paper Shrank, These Journalists Started an Alternative

When Jon Mitchell, the mayor of New Bedford, Mass., delivered his state of the city address in 2019, he made an unusual plea. “Support your local paper,” he said, referring to The Standard-Times, New Bedford’s daily newspaper. “Your city needs it to function effectively.” Owned by Gannett , the […]Click here to view original web page at www.nytimes.com Continue Reading →

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Local News Ideas-to-Action Series

Centering Audiences for Accountability and Government Reporting The American Press Institute is launching a new effort to support accountability and government reporting that better prioritizes the needs of local communities. For news organizations and communities to thrive, coverage of local governance needs to be built for and with the […]Click here to view original web page at www.americanpressinstitute.org Continue Reading →

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How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

How anti-vaxxers and ivermectin advocates have co-opted US local news

Last November, the WEAR-TV news station in northern Florida aired a segment on Dr Benjamin Marble, a local doctor who created a free telehealth website offering consultations for Covid-19. Marble, the reporter said, had made it so “patients don’t have to pay a cent” for coronavirus treatment and believed […]Click here to view original web page at www.theguardian.com Continue Reading →

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Organizational review looks to improve services, prepare for future, says CAO

Environmental Services Team for Cobourg

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In January, the Ontario government announced it was spending $40 million to help small and rural municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services. It is part of a more significant effort to create a more efficient municipal government and save taxpayers money. Every municipality in Northumberland is tasked with reviewing how it works and serves the public. Making the town hall run smoothly is a huge task. As you are about to hear, it is one job Cobourg CAO Tracey Vaughan takes on with enthusiasm. Continue Reading →

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