With all three, however, the challenge is the same: journalists must explain that epidemiology is probabilistic, rather than absolute; that it is about chance, not certainty. With every story, reporters must precisely describe the likely consequence of any action -doubling or halving the risk of heart disease, for example. They must describe any internal factors that affect confidence in the study - the bigger the population and the longer the period of time examined, the better. And they must describe any external factors that affect confidence in the study - that is to say, the number and strength of supporting or competing hypotheses.
Behind the News
12:53 PM - September 19, 2007
Don’t ask scientists, or the press either
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Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.