Poynter's SciFacts Workshop: Fact-Checking Claims About Science

Event Date: 
June 16, 2017

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. 

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.

Seating is limited.

Details and application.



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