The Medical Journalism session at ScienceOnline2010 was held entirely in unconference format and I think it went extremely well. A description of the session can also be found here. We focused on several current issues, including:
- recent scientific recommendations regarding breast and prostate cancer screening
- the frequent lack of statistical understanding when it comes to journalists reporting on medical research
- the difficulty in finding quality medical information on the first few pages of Google search results
- pharma and FDA regulations surrounding social media engagement
Quite often in medical reporting, anecdote trumps data; participants in the session agreed that the best way to report on research is to tell a story, backed by facts.
Session statistics and conversation:
Below is a transcript of Twitter conversation in chronological order of posting during the ScienceOnline2010 session “Medical Journalism”.
Number of Tweets: 36 (average of 1.1 tweets/2 minutes during the 65 minute session)
Number of unique Tweeters: 17
Walter Jessen is a digital strategist, writer, web developer and data scientist. You can typically find him behind the screen something with an internet connection.