A list for tea too strong for twitter
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- •So. Most of you know that I'm a reporter. I cover healthcare at a site called TheStreet.
- •I wrote a story that published on Aug. 10 about the Mylan EpiPen scandal.It was about how expensive EpiPens are and how Mylan is using them to bolster revenue.
- •I had found this story because I have food allergies. I was looking at some food allergy forums I am a part of and saw that a lot of people were complaining. Then I dug through SEC filings and reached out to analysts and Mylan itself.
- •Not much happened when my story published. I was excited about it but moved on.
- •Then, SEVEN DAYS LATER some dude at NBC writes a story with more of a consumer focus.See above.
- •The whole thing began snowballing. I covered Mylan as each small news story developed, even small staff changes that other sources didn't pick up.
- •Today, the Association of Healthcare Journalists announced the winners of its 2016 awards.You have to submit your story to the awards to win.
- •This reporter from NBC got first place in the Business category for his EpiPen story.He said he found the information for it "on Reddit"
- •The award said he "broke" a story I published seven days earlier.
- •I didn't submit my story because it wasn't some big investigative piece. It was important, I knew I broke it but I let it go.
- •Let this be a lesson to you, on two fronts.
- •Being a part of a small newsroom is tough. Big players have far more resources and clout.
- •And sometimes, even if you're young or new, you have to put yourself out there. I should have applied for the award. I didn't. I should have taken more credit for breaking the story. But I didn't.