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​Political vs science correspondents covering Covid-19: conflict or cooperation?

Posted on: September 3, 2020 by Mariella Brown

The Society of Editors and the Association of British Science Writers will stage a joint debate next week looking at the roles of political and science journalists covering the Covid-19 pandemic.

The debate will aim to explore how the story of the pandemic crisis has been covered in both the print and broadcast media.

Ian Murray, executive director of the SoE will chair the discussion. Confirmed panellists will include Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent and ABSW honorary president, and Fiona Fox, chief executive of the Science Media Centre, which briefs journalists on science issues, and Jane Merrick policy editor at the i.

“This should be a fascinating discussion on how the crisis has been presented from both a political and scientific point of view,” said Ian Murray.

“Should the science and health writers have been given more of a lead over the past few months, or is understanding the political decisions of more importance to the public’s understanding of what has been taking place and done in their name?”

The free to attend event takes place on Tuesday 8 September at 6.30pm for an hour. To register visit here.