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What do journalists say about covering science during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The pandemic has thrust many mainstream journalists into unfamiliar grounds, including coverage of expert opinion that is not backed up by peer-reviewed content, reporting on preprints, and assessing high-complexity instant-response science. How did they manage? We asked five journalists from mainstream media about their experience.

Apoorva Mandavilli is a reporter on science and global health for The New York Times, USA. Chloé Hecketsweiler covers health, pharmacy and biotechnology for Le Monde, France. Rema Nagarajan is a journalist writing about public health for the Times of India, India. Sabine Righetti writes about science and innovation for Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil. Tamar Khan is a science and health journalist with Business Day, South Africa.

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Makri, A. What do journalists say about covering science during the COVID-19 pandemic?. Nat Med 27, 17–20 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-01207-3

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