SciFacts: Fact-Checking Claims About Science
We are bombarded by news releases, scientific studies and an evolving hierarchy of sources. How do you sort through what is real, what is noise and what is flat-out deception?
Poynter will host a free one-day workshop to discuss the key challenges of reporting the facts about science at our campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Friday, June 16. Apply now. You can also join our mailing list for updates about future science and health journalism workshops.
During this special daylong event we will explore how journalists can combat misinformation and cover evolving or contradictory findings without reducing trust in the scientific method. We’ll also look at the evolving role of scientific reporting in public policy.
You will learn:
- The best methods and tools to verify the many false claims, misleading press releases and dubious findings reporters are confronted with every day
- The best way to report on topics in a way that accurately reflects the degree of certainty and consensus
During the day, we will explore how viral hoaxes duped science reporters worldwide and discuss common errors of covering new studies. We will lead you through a hands-on session on fact-checking claims and articles, plus we will brainstorm on the best techniques to report truthfully at a time of low trust. Finally, we will address the challenges of specific beats within the science desk (climate, health, etc.) in small-group sessions. (See our working agenda for the workshop.)
This workshop is free thanks to the support of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
Seating is limited for this unique event, so we encourage you to apply soon.
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Who Will Benefit:
Faculty & Director, International Fact-Checking Network
Contributing Correspondent, Science
Science Writer, FactCheck.org
Project Scientist, University of California, Merced; Founder, ClimateFeedback.org
Vice President of Research Integrity, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
West Coast Correspondent, STAT
Project Manager | Community, COS
Host, Science Vs