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Educator response: credibility checklist

In the previous Step, you used the assessment tool on Sky news article ‘Packed lunches worse for kids than school dinners’. This article looks at a study from BMJ Open …

Two examples of misreporting

The media provides an important forum for different stakeholders to educate, inform, pursue, and influence media audiences. Questioning media credibility is not a new phenomenon, especially when new technology has …

Why does the advice keep changing?

If you believe the headlines, then scientific advice keeps changing. Why is this? In this introductory article we’ll look at the reasons behind the conflicting and changing messages by examining …

The psychology of influence

In the video in the last Step, we explored the reasons for biased perception and the different systems of thinking we use to react to new information. Even using elaborative …

An overview of different types of studies

As the examples we’ve looked at so far show, some of the confusion around what studies prove is down to a lack of understanding of the strength of evidence they …

Welcome to the course

Welcome to ‘Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines’, a European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food online course produced by the University of Reading, the European Food …

Sources, angles and agendas

“Scientists want to inform the public, while journalists want to satisfy the audience’s needs.“ [1] Despite the popularity of social media, the traditional media is still the main source for …

How to interpret absolute and relative risk

Newspaper headlines often report about the relative risks associated with food but what does this mean? How does a relative risk compare to an absolute risk and when should you …

Reader bias

Watch this video and reflect on how personal experiences, unconscious and conscious biases, and tightly held values may affect the way we interpret food and nutrition science news reported in …

How journalists produce their news

Watch this video to hear about the purpose of journalism, how the system of news media operates and its impact on the message How do journalists balance interesting headlines with …

The relationship between headline and reader

What influences how we interpret the information we are presented with? Watch this video to understand how we process headlines and why we sometimes interpret these differently. What is it …

The importance of sharing knowledge

As you saw in the previous Step, a paper will undergo a rigorous quality assurance process before it is published. Yet this is just the start! In most cases, the …

Course summary

Congratulations! You’ve completed the course. Thank you for joining us over the last three weeks to investigate the truth behind food headlines. You’ve explored the perspectives and communication processes of …

The process of publishing a scientific paper

Watch this video to understand the various stages of quality assurance that peer reviewed published papers go through. Does understanding more about the process for publishing a peer reviewed scientific …