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Parallel session

Beyond cheerleading

3 July

14:00 to 15:10


Reporting on harassment in science; how to protect yourself and your sources

Reporting on sexual harassment and bullying in research and academia has become an increasing part of the science beat. But a lot is at stake with these stories; reporters must consider the impact of their reporting on victims and the risk of libel suits to themselves or their publication.
How the media research and report these cases is critical, as it can influence how academic societies, institutions, and governments respond to the problem. For science reporters who have no, or limited, experience working on stories of harassment and bullying, taking on such a project can be a daunting prospect.
This session will guide science reporters through some of the thorny issues and challenges.

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