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December 10, 1982

Network Television News: A Resource for Medical Education

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile.

JAMA. 1982;248(22):2977-2979. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220021028

THE ALMOST ubiquitous television monitors and playback facilities in classrooms and conference rooms attest to the widespread use of television as an instructional medium.1 A less widely acknowledged instructional approach but one that has been shown to be effective, especially in the social sciences, is the incorporation of news reports into the classroom.2,3 This communication describes the use of network television news coverage of health-related events as a supplemental audiovisual resource in medical education.

Resource  "Clearly, an improved awareness of what sources are open to the academic user is almost as important as insuring that future sources are even more complete and easily acceptable."4In August 1968, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn, began videotaping weekday evening network news programs. This project has continued and expanded to produce one of the largest archival resources in the United States. The collection includes the evening news broadcasts of the three major