Social science and the media: how best to bridge journalism, research and policy?

Posted 2021.04.29
24 May 2021 13:00 — 14:15

Join the Transforming evidence team alongside an exciting range of speakers for this free online event on Monday 24 May 2021, 13:00-14:15pm. 

The aim of this online event is to explore how we can grow a more supportive relationship between journalism, social research and policy.  At its best, the media can act as a valued intermediary, sifting the best and most relevant empirical work or new ideas to inform public policy and services. However, the growth of social media has weakened the gatekeeping role of traditional journalism. Academics themselves are bypassing journalists and taking to their own personal blogging sites and Twitter.

Despite challenges to the traditional status of journalism, there have been initiatives building stronger links between journalists and researchers, including Britain in a Changing Europe, the Conversation, Education Media Centre, and Full Fact.  This event will hear from some of these bodies and explore what more we can do to support the relationship between journalism, research and policy – including the role that intermediary organisations might play.

Attendees include academics, researchers, journalists, intermediaries, and funders. Speakers are:

  • Professor Catherine Barnard, Deputy Director, UK in Changing Europe
  • Fran Abrams, Chief Executive, Education Media Centre
  • Dr David Levy, Trustee, The Conversation UK; and Senior Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
  • David Walker, Chair, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and ex-Chair ESRC methods and infrastructure committee

The event will be introduced by Professor Annette Boaz, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and co-lead of Transforming Evidence, and chaired by Jonathan Breckon, Senior Associate, Transforming Evidence.

The meeting is part of a series organised by Transforming Evidence, an interdisciplinary collaboration aiming to share learning, connect communities and generate meaningful research about how we make and use evidence.

To find out more visit the Transforming Evidence website. If you would like to attend, it is essential you register here (via Eventbrite).