Reporters covering truancy often conclude that poor students and students of color who skip school do so because they don't care about education. But many of the students want to go to school but can't for a variety of reasons.
The Internet and social media have a way of upending professional conventions and giving rise to new models. As traditional boundaries blur, some unique collaborations have emerged between cutting-edge journalists and public health practitioners. I’ve been fascinating by some of these projects, which have yielded new insights, ground-breaking stories and new ways of connecting with the public.