29 August 2017
It’s been said that we have arrived at the 'post-fact' era. In this era, people are no longer convinced by lengthy arguments because the foundation of arguments is no longer based in facts but in emotion. This conference will look at how social media can influence public perception, how the post-fact era has influenced science journalism and science, and how different stakeholders could play a part in creating a new ‘fact era’.
05 July 2017
Recent media headlines claim that a vegetarian diet may be twice as effective for weight loss compared to a conventional diet, according to a study by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. However, media coverage does not account for study limitations, for instance adherence to the trial diets, or the health status of the participants.
01 December 2013
The media is an important source that can influence public’s perception, attitudes and behaviours, including what people buy, eat, and believe about food. In the context of public health, journalists have an important role to play framing...
01 December 2011
Dietary health claims made by newspapers are founded on insufficient evidence according to research published in the journal Public Understanding of Science.