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Evidence into Policy and Practice Seminars

What role does the media have in reporting on science in uncertainty?

6 July 2021 12:00–13:30

Through the Covid crisis, and global uncertainty, there has been a resurgence in global editorial media from newspapers to radio stations, independent broadcasters to specialist digital news sites. Counter to predictions that social media and citizen journalism would cause the collapse of news publishers, they continue to have fundamental role in mediating and influencing policy on the most challenging issues of today such as pandemic response or climate justice.

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From raising awareness of ‘fake news’ using myth busting evidence to championing the lived experiences of people often excluded from mainstream policy, news publishers are vital to public and policy discourse. But, how will the role of media in communicating scientific evidence evolve into the future? How can academics and journalists tackle the (dis) information overload?

Watch our panel of leading journalists and media experts as they discuss the challenges and opportunities around news reporting on science when the evidence is contested and opinions on policy responses divergent.

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This webinar compliments our professional development course Shaping Policy with Evidence which takes place from 22 June to 22 July.

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