Skills and tools
15:40 to 16:50
STCC, Room 4ABC
Trade Craft: Investigative tools for science journalists
This hands-on session will introduce journalists to some essential, practical tools of investigative reporting. For example: how to frame an investigation with targeted questions to make the project feasible; how to adopt a “documents state of mind” to build a case; how to ensure that your findings are defensible and transparent; and how to organize your research and materials with reporting diaries. It will present strategies, databases, and resources that will help journalists add investigative elements to their stories. Panelists will offer an introduction to the tobacco playbook and other tactics that an ever-expanding list of industries use to attack scientists who report inconvenient findings. They’ll show how front groups, right-wing and libertarian thinktanks, and other industry allies propagate these "narratives of deceit" and how to track these collaborations.