Don't believe the hype: How to report on a scientific study

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight; Melissa Bailey of Kaiser Health News; Jennifer Lu of Los Angeles Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

What does it take to write about the results of a scientific study? How do you incorporate scientific research into a bigger feature? Three reporters with very different backgrounds — a former scientist, a longtime science journalist and a community journalist transitioning to more science reporting — will help you avoid the pitfalls and make evidence work for you. 


Speaker Bios

  • Melissa Bailey is a Boston-based reporter on the enterprise and investigative team at Kaiser Health News. Her stories have shed light on elderly suicide, hospice neglect and the intersection of gun violence and dementia. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic and other outlets. Bailey was a 2015 Nieman Journalism Fellow and holds a math degree from Yale. She previously reported for STAT and the New Haven Independent. @mmbaily

  • Maggie Koerth-Baker is a senior science reporter for She's a Nieman Fellow and a member of the board for the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

  • Jennifer Lu left the research lab to pursue journalism. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and her interests include investigative and data reporting on the science, public health and environment beats. You can find Jen on Twitter @jenpenned

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