When writer met Correspondent member: Irene and Stephen

From Greece and the US, a writer and a doctor came together for a 15-minute chat about how they have worked together to ‘memberfully report’ on a beat which they both care deeply about: our first 1,000 days.

“Anything we can do in that first 1,000 days to make a difference pays dividends far beyond anything we can do to repair a damaged soul later in life.”

Stephen Boos first contributed under Irene Caselli’s very first story about the first 1,000 days of life
The child abuse paediatrician from Springfield, Massachusetts, in the US took time out to share how he, as a medical specialist, would cover this beat from his perspective. Speaking from her home in Evia, Greece, in the sweltering heat, it was a chance for Irene to touch base on how her journalism has weaved in member expertise. This was a unique part of The Correspondent’s journalism: seeing a writer and doctor working together as reporter and children’s expert.

Irene’s approach to her beat was wide-ranging. She spent the last 15 months writing, with and for members, about topics such as neuroscience, women’s rights, abortion, play, pregnancy, and trauma. Stephen shared his expertise on attachment theory or parenting and…

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