Live Blog: Brain Hacks – why reporting on neuroscience matters and how to excel at it

Diagram of a head with multi-coloured cogsNeuroscience is fascinating, attention-grabbing and reported frequently. But is it reported well? On this panel, a group of neuroscientists who write, and journalists who cover neuroscience, will discuss the perils and pitfalls of covering this complicated field, and how reporters can up their game.

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Live Blog: Science does not punch its weight in the newsroom

Newspaper StandIt is now common to hear scientists complaining about the way our newsrooms are dominated by  arts and humanities graduates who don’t understand the way science works.  The BBC Trust Review identified it as a major issue and most submissions to Leveson from the scientific community suggest that most problems could be fixed by general news reporters and editors deferring to their specialists more.

This session will investigate the status of science in the newsroom.  At a time when the Guardian is now employing science specialists as News Editors and even sub editors, will others follow suit? Does the appointment of two new Science Editors for the BBC and Channel 4 news reflect a new recognition that the lack of science at a senior level was a problem?

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Live Blog: Expert practitioners talk about ‘How I did That’

Sign PostsLou Woodley and Ed Yong talk about making the most of online tools and apps for science journalism. The Liveblog covers it all.

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Live Blog: What can journalists do to uncover scientific misconduct?

A big eyeResearch misconduct is important as it wastes resources, damages the credibility of science and can cause harm.  Editors, journals, institutions and publishers each have a key role in identifying, investigating and addressing research misconduct and in ensuring retractions are dealt with transparently.

The session will provide a forum for journalists to discuss their own responsibility to investigate and report on misconduct and the consequences of any retraction on previous coverage. It will consider the interplay between the different perspectives and roles played by COPE, editors, journal publishers and journalists in uncovering research misconduct in the UK and how such misconduct and retractions should be addressed.

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