The Aspen Institute’s Briefing for Local Newsrooms on Vaccine Narratives

The Aspen Institute is planning a high-level briefing for local news organizations about vaccine narratives. The briefing will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET.

Vivian Schiller, who directs Aspen Digital, has invited local newsrooms to join the briefing. She wrote: 

“The growing volume of data voids and mis- and dis-information around the COVID-19 vaccine risks are undermining public health and our national recovery. Some usual reporting methods can unintentionally mis-serve the public—or worse. As we know, it’s local voices that drive trust, so how can local news organizations play a powerful role in combatting inaccurate information and building public trust? We did this last month for national news media and the attendance and feedback were overwhelmingly positive.”

Confirmed Speakers are: 

Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, CDC

Rick Bright, Member, Biden Administration Coronavirus Taskforce; former Director, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, NIH

Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust will speak to local considerations ,

Claire Wardle, Expert on mis- and disinformation narratives, First Draft Media

Renee Diresta, Stanford Internet Observatory and an expert on the anti-vaxx movement

Jonathan Jackson, Director, Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School will speak about reaching communities of color

TwitterGoogle and Facebook will also briefly speak about their content moderation efforts around vaccine mis/disinformation. 

 If your newsroom would like to join, please RSVP here.

Background information and a full agenda will be circulated to registrants about one week prior. 

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