Everyone working in a newsroom now needs to consider themselves a science journalist. Covering the pandemic means reading scientific papers, speaking to members of the science community and considering any external factors that might result in the spread of misinformation or disinformation. You can overcome these challenges when you have processes that turn regular journalistic rigor into science reporting. This interactive session with experienced journalist and trainer Fergus Bell will walk you through finding and vetting sources, understanding the limitations of research and identifying how to combat misinformation related to science coverage.
You will learn to:
1. Identify the key challenges of science reporting during a public health crisis and the best practices to manage these challenges
2. Fact check for health/pandemic misinformation including:
-Identifying claims and hoaxes
-Verifying sources of misinformation
-Identifying and tackling bias
-Identifying sources to help correct the record
3. Speak to scientists about research and how to read scientific papers quickly
4. Analyze examples to effectively correct the record
The session will be held in English and is primarily for participants from the following countries: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.