Science and the Media

In this "Age of Anxiety" there seems to be widespread worry about everything – from the food we eat to the air we breathe.  There are so many sources of information, often contradictory, that it can be overwhelming task to make sense of it.  Most of the population has neither access to primary scientific literature nor the scientific background to interpret it. So it’s left to journalists and the media to interpret the results of scientific and present them to the public. The 2016 edition of the Trottier Symposium addresses the challenge of reporting science responsibly.  

Production : Université McGill

Année de Production : 2016

Durée : 30 min

Thématique abordée


Busting the Spin Cycle

These days, almost any outfit promising the latest cure, magical potion or miraculous lotion can get the ear of the media. Erica Johnson, host of  CBC’s investigative consumer program Marketplace— shows how they use original testing, experts and hidden camera footage to debunk marketing scams and deceptive claims in the field of alternative medicine.

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How to Survive the Age of Bad Information

Society has always been plagued by “bad information” but it moves much faster now, accelerated by social media and by partisans who cherry-pick their data. Journalists need to be trustworthy, and trusted, arbiters of information in a contentious era, and citizens have to learn how to pick up signs that a story is bogus or misleading. Joel Achenbach, staff writer for the Washington Post discusses how getting it right is more important than ever. 

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