"When swine flu struck swiftly in Mexico, it created a challenge not only for international public health officials but also for journalists around the world assigned to follow the unfolding story. They needed to explain, in the face of great uncertainty and a nonstop news cycle, what the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus was and the potential dangers it posed. It was a difficult story handled most capably by experienced health and science reporters". Thus begins a lucid editorial published in Science by Cristine Russell, senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. She'll be prominent among the experienced figures that will attend the WCSJ2009, so be on the look. In the meantime, you can read Cristine's piece clicking here.