Whose Truth? Tools for Smart Science Journalism in the Digital Age

Some basic questions will help you sift through scientific studies in a snap — or at least put on you a path to determining the study's value.

  • Who did the study?
  • Who funded the study?
  • Who controlled the study?
  • How big was the sample size?
  • Who recruited the participants? How?
  • What variables were the findings adjusted for? Why?
  • Did the study confirm or deny the author's hypothesis? How and why?
  • What conclusions can people draw from this study?
  • What behavior changes have authors made in their lives after conducting this study?

Taken from Whose Truth? Tools for Smart Science Journalism in the Digital Age, a self-directed course by Elissa Yancey at Poynter NewsU.

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    Vicki Krueger

    Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager.

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