Truth and Misinformation in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Monday, March 1, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Virtual Zoom
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Danielle Kane
McFarland Ctr. for Religion, Ethics and Culture

How do reporters handle potentially unreliable and fast-changing information, data, and narratives during a pandemic when readers are hungry for information? How do journalists combat misinformation without inadvertently elevating conspiracy theories? Is there even a "capital T" Truth to be found when scientists are still learning about a novel virus? And is it considered activism or biased to "advocate" for a certain course of action when public health measures like masks become politicized?

Caroline Chen, an investigative health reporter for ProPublica, will discuss how she's navigated these questions while reporting on the pandemic. Previously, Chen worked at Bloomberg News, where her coverage included the unraveling of blood test maker Theranos and the 2014 Ebola outbreak. 

This event, open to Holy Cross students, faculty and staff, is part of the McFarland Center's series on Truth, Skepticism, Complexity: Thinking in a Post-Truth Age

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