In an age where we have more information than we know what to do with, it can be particularly easy to churn out stories with little or no background research done into the reliability of their content.
Want to avoid this embarrassment? Follow these tips on how to craft scientific journalism from press releases by Sarah Wild, published on Africa Check.
Firstly, find the original paper. "The journal in which a paper is published tells you a lot about the calibre of the research. Not all journals are created equal," the author states.
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