Natasha Loder is Health Policy Editor here at The Economist. Her journalism covers a wide range of topics in medicine, technology and science. We sat down to ask her your questions. Let's go!
How can you tell what is the truth and what is not when many medical professionals are not 100% sure of the outcome of the new vaccines? Are you worried about printing something that later on will be proved inaccurate?
miraculous_molecule, Hornsey School for Girls
Whenever someone wants to publish something in these medical journals, lots of other people look at the paper first and say "yes it's okay" before it gets published. So in health, there are lots of trusted sources of informationNatasha Loder on finding accurate information
Are you worried about the side-effects the Covid-19 vaccine gives for some people?
analytical_sea, Hammond Junior School
How many sources do you need to look at to ensure that your articles do not contain misinformation?
eager_reflection, Cheam Park Farm Primary School
If an answer to something relatively trivial - like how many square acres is the UK - you may only need to look up once source of information like an official one...that's the same for any subject. It really depends what the information is.Natasha Loder on looking at sources
What have you been writing about and does that involve finding a cure for Coronavirus?
Are medicines still being made even though we are in a pandemic?
Were you able to still work through the first and second lockdown and are you still working now?
bright_independence, Evelyn Street Primary School
Do you always filter out fake news from your writing, or do you tell people about it in your articles?
peaceful_raccoon, Hammond Junior School
What's your advice for young journalists?
Tom @ the BNC
Thank you very much to Natasha for her brilliant answers! And thank YOU for your great questions.
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