Last year, Dr. Seema Yasmin visited a newsroom for the first time. It was summer, and she was just about to start as a global journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. At The Washington Post, reporter Joel Achenbach introduced her as a physician who was training to be a journalist.

“And people said, why would you do that?” Yasmin said. “They were incredulous.”

She hasn’t had to live through the instability in the business, Yasmin said, but she sees how morale in newsrooms has been impacted. And practicing journalism and writing for medical journals are also two different things.

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