Centre helps make sense of science

The Editorial Centre in Hastings has joined forces with the Institute of Food Research (IFR) to help journalism trainees make sense of science.

With a session on how to judge credible science, the centre hopes to give journalists a head start in distinguishing between real and pseudo-science.

Director of the centre Peter Sands said: “Science isn’t only covered by specialist correspondents. When a story hits the newsdesk, journalists have little time to judge its credibility. We want to arm our trainees with a few of the right questions to help them make sure the story is right.”

Zoë Dunford of the IFR, who delivers the training, said: “Journalists can ask key questions, such as whether a new piece of research has been peerreviewed, to help them judge the quality of information. An understanding of how science works will also help reveal why scientists so often seem to contradict each other.”

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