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The coronavirus pandemic has pulled into focus how important it is to be factual and accurate with our reporting. Sometimes however, the story is not so much about the breakthroughs, but the failures.

When covering this side of the subject, bookmark these five tips from journalist Denise-Marie Ordway writing for The Journalist's Resource. She gets the perspective of two scholars on how to hold scientist's work accountable.

Overlooking certain contexts can damage public trust in the science community. Make sure as the reporter you are not misinterpreting the events here.

"When journalists report on journal retractions and scientific errors, they usually leave out the fact that making mistakes is a natural — and essential — part of the scientific process," it reads.

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