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Science Journalism in the Age of Fake News

From Science to Story

Science Journalism in the Age of Fake News

December 5, 2018
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Sheldon Hall, W1214
Reception in The Gallery
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

2018 Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Symposium

The flu vaccine can give you the flu. Climate change is a hoax. Nutella causes cancer.

At a time when misleading or potentially dangerous science reporting can reach millions with a Twitter or Facebook post, the need for quality science reporting is critical.

At the sixth Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Symposium, award-winning science reporters and Bloomberg School faculty will explore the challenges of translating the complexities of science into understandable, compelling and informative news.

The panel will also discuss the responsibilities of both scientists and reporters in explaining key research messages and producing balanced and accurate journalism.

Host and Moderator

  • Colleen Barry, PhD, MPP
    Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair 
    Department of Health Policy and Management
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • Amesh Adalja, MD, is a senior scholar with the Bloomberg School's Center for Health Security. He also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission and on the advisory group of AIDS Free Pittsburgh.

  • Jon Cohen is a staff writer at Science magazine and a Pulitzer Center grantee who has covered the HIV/AIDS epidemic for 30 years. His articles have appeared in many publications, and he has published two books about the epidemic, Shots in the Dark and Tomorrow is a Long Time

  • Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management. She also serves as the deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

  • Rebecca Hersher is a Pulitzer Center grantee and a reporter on NPR's Science Desk, where she covers outbreaks, natural disasters and environmental and health research.