Join Laura Helmuth, Science and Health Editor at Slate; Caleph Wilson, research scientist & co-founder of the National Science & Technology News Service; and public health advocate and physician Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett in discussing privacy versus public interest challenges confronting journalists in reporting about the Ebola Virus.
The panelists will participate in a live tweet chat tonight from 7 to 8 pm. They will also discuss ways in which the U.S. media is covering this international crisis, how the media can do better and how science journalists are countering inflammatory and misleading information that fuels public fear rather than inform.
The Twitter chat will be moderated by Tracie Powell, founder of All Digitocracy.
Laura Helmuth is the incoming vice-president of the National Association of Science Writers and the Science and Health Editor for Slate magazine. She was previously the science editor for Smithsonian magazine and a writer and editor for Science magazine’s news department. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.
Caleph Wilson’s research centers around investigating the biochemical mechanism(s) that promote the enhancement of adoptive T cell therapy to treat cancer and viral infections at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-founder of the National Science & Technology News Service.
Pierrette Mimi Poinsett is a licensed pediatrician in the San Francisco Bay area. She received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Her current focus is on advocacy work, helping families navigate and access public health services.
What: Live Tweet Chat About Journalism, Ethics and Ebola
When: Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 8pm
Why: Journalists are having to balance privacy concerns of victims against the public’s interest in needed to know how health officials are working to prevent the spread of the virus, both here and abroad.
Where: Twitter. Use hashtag #ebolaethics