To Tell the Truth: Lessons from Food and Nutrition Policy Journalists in the Era of Fake News
Being a food and nutrition professional can be challenging in the era of social media considering the multitude of ways that consumers access information. Are you feeling overwhelmed with the 24-hour news cycle, media notifications on your phone, and consistent stream of information directed towards you every day? Are you unsure about trusted sources of news on food and nutrition policy issues? Do you want to make sure you are providing your clients and customers with the most up-to-date and accurate food and nutrition information? Hear from two food and nutrition policy news veterans about what were the hot topics in 2020, what to expect from the news cycle in 2021, and how to distinguish credible news from ‘fake news’. This session will give you a better understanding of what reporters need to do to win the public’s trust and give you tips on how best to distill the significant amounts of information provided to us every day in order to communicate with the public. This session is a must-see for any trusted food and nutrition professional!
- After the presentation, attendees will be able to describe the hottest topics in food and nutrition policy news during 2020 and the topics to look for in 2021.
- Ask the appropriate questions to critically evaluate a food and nutrition news story and determine its credibility.
- Distill news media and share relative information with clients and/or target audience
- 1.1.1 Accepts own responsibility and accountability
for actions and decisions related to customers.
- 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based
research and literature in decision making.
- 3.1.6 Takes an active role in sharing information and
Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, FADA
Assistant Professor, Director
Helena Bottemiller Evich, Journalist
Science, health, and climate editor