Journalism Warning Stickers
When you leave Biology class, or go on to study more at university, I really hope that you have a greater appreciation for how to access and evaluate scientific information. We know that sources can be biased, poorly produced or simply misleading or factually incorrect. The trick is learning how to recognise these. Wouldn’t it be great if there were warning labels, like those on our chemical bottles, that flagged up issues with journalistic articles?
Well Tom Scott thought just that, and here are the fruits of his labour, on his funny blog Making Stuff Happen.
Unfortunately, this does not really exist, so we’re going to have to learn the old-fashioned way. Read, read, read. Use many sources, look at the data and if in doubt, bring it to class and we’ll have a look together.