Ep.3 – Science and the Media: The challenge of reporting science responsibly

Today, Brïte Pauchet and William Fox talk about science communication (#scicomm). Interviews and the title of this episode come directly from the 2016 Lorne Trottier Symposium held in Montreal last October 17th and 18th.


First of all, the famous McGill quackbuster Dr. Joe Schwarcz, aka Dr. Joe. Check his portrait in Maclean’s. You can also read his column in the Montreal Gazette.

Then, we talked to Joel Achenbach, senior reporter at the Washington Post. According to him, his column, the Achenblog, is “not trending since 2005”. Last year, he wrote “The War on Science” for the National Geographic. Here he is featured in the McGill Reporter.

How should journalists cover quacks like Dr. Oz or the Food Babe? Nice question from our next guest: Vox reporter Julia Belluz. By the way, did you know that trusting Dr. Oz could be dangerous to your health? … and that there could be conflicts of interests in science (shocking!). Check out Julia Belluz interview in the McGill Reporter.

Our last guest was Erica Johnson, from CBC Marketplace and now Go Public. You can see her deep investigation of homeopathy here. And … do you remember the Nighton, a new children fever remedy? Yes, that was still Erica Johnson, who was able to get a licence from Health Canada with *nothing* in it.

Finally, meet Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry on their podcast The Body of Evidence.

And, if you want to see all the conferences of the 2016 Lorne Trottier Symposium, here is the webcast.


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