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Science Misinformation: Journalism in the Age of Truth Decay
A virtual conversation about the many challenges of scientific misinformation and the role journalists might play in exposing and countering pseudoscience and science denial. Participants will hear perspectives on pseudoscience and misinformation in mass media and society from author and award-winning journalist, Dr. Seema Yasmin, and Dr. Brian Southwell, a leading scholar and expert on misinformation and mass audiences, including science and misinformation as a challenge to public health. This virtual event will be co-moderated by award-winning science reporter, Amy Maxman, and the Pulitzer Center's Senior Strategist, Steve Sapienza.
Participants will also learn about a new Pulitzer Center grant opportunity, supported by HHMI, for innovative journalism projects that tackle science denial and misinformation.

Sponsoring Organizations:
- The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is a non-profit journalism organization that raises awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach. For more information, visit: www.pulitzercenter.org

- About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Department of Science Education:
HHMI is the leading private nonprofit supporter of scientific research and science education in the United States. The Department of Science Education advances the public’s understanding of science through its HHMI Tangled Bank Studios unit, which creates award-winning stories of scientific discovery for television and big screens, and its support of science journalism. For more information, visit www.hhmi.org.

Sep 29, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Seema Yasmin
Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, professor and medical doctor @Stanford University’s Department of Medicine
Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a medical doctor, professor, and poet. Dr. Yasmin is the author of four books of non-fiction and poetry including Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them, which tells her own history of growing up a conspiracy theorist before becoming a debunker of myths and hoaxes. She attended medical school at Cambridge University and worked as a disease detective for the US federal government’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. She currently teaches storytelling at Stanford University School of Medicine, and is a regular contributor to CNN, Self, and Scientific American, among others. Her unique combination of expertise as a dually trained physician and storyteller has been called upon by the Vatican, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Skoll World Forum, and others.
Dr. Brian Southwell
Senior Director @the Science in the Public Sphere Program in RTI International’s Center for Communication Science
Dr. Brian Southwell is Senior Director of the Science in the Public Sphere Program in RTI International’s Center for Communication Science. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine with Duke University and a graduate faculty member and Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Southwell has published widely on topics such as public understanding of science and misinformation as a challenge to public health. He co-founded the Duke Program on Medical Misinformation to improve patient-provider conversations about misinformation and also has published a book, Misinformation and Mass Audiences, and numerous articles on the topic. Southwell’s work on misinformation has been featured in outlets such as JAMA and The Hospitalist. In addition, Southwell created and hosts The Measure of Everyday Life, a public radio show that translates research for general audiences on WNCU 90.7 FM, based at North Carolina Central University.
Dr. Amy Maxmen
Award-winning science writer, senior reporter @Nature
Dr. Amy Maxmen is an award-winning science writer who covers the entanglements of evolution, medicine, science policy, and of the people behind the research. Her stories appear in Wired, National Geographic and The New York Times, among other outlets. She’s currently based in California as a senior reporter at Nature. Dr. Maxmen has won numerous prestigious journalism prizes including the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2021 for her body of work covering COVID-19 and other diseases. Amy’s feature on the origin of humanity in Ethiopia is anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center and a fellowship at the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.
Steve Sapienza
Senior strategist and an editorial team member @Pulitzer Center
Steve Sapienza is a senior strategist and an editorial team member at the Pulitzer Center and currently manages the Center's nationwide Connected Coastlines climate reporting initiative. He is a news and documentary producer with over 20 years’ experience and has covered a wide range of crisis stories, from illegal gold mining in Peru to child soldiers in Sierra Leone, climate refugees in Bangladesh, and land-mine survivors in Cambodia. As a senior strategist for the Pulitzer Center, he works closely with the Center's grantees and partner newsrooms to identify the collaborative space, digital tools, reporting strategies, and partnerships that enable storytellers to best reach their audience.