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Parallel session

Skills and tools

3 July

15:40 to 16:50

STCC, Room 3BC

Too close for comfort? Embedded science journalism in extreme environments

Poles, oceans, pandemics: Science reporters are inevitably attracted by extreme environments. But reporting under such circumstances involves special relationships and risks between scientists, physicians, agencies, and journalists. Working in places that are dangerous or difficult to access often means science reporters must depend on sources for travel, accommodation, food, and security.
Meanwhile, when they're close to their sources 24-7, journalists will inevitably learn much more about the science and the way it is done - including mistakes and problems - than they would in a regular, scheduled interview. What are the ethical risks and rules that should guide work in such circumstances?

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