How journalists cover vaccines impacts people’s willingness to get a jab, so responsible use of data, and the choice of words and sources are very important.
However, finding the right information in the mountain of research papers and using the scientific terms correctly requires a lot of time and some skill.
To help you navigate the maze of vaccine reporting, The Freelance Journalism Assembly has dedicated the first guide of its series of tools to this subject.
‘A freelancers guide for reporting on vaccines’ breaks down topics such as government’s roles with vaccinations, reporting on side effects and the use of vaccine data.
"Data journalism is crucial when reporting on vaccines. If you aren’t confident in parsing and analysing data, find someone who is to help you," reads one of the tips.
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