Health News Deserts | Oct 21st 7:00pm

“Teen’s junk food diet caused boy to go blind.” “Even one diet soda a day may triple your risk for developing dementia.” “Dark chocolate reduces your risk of cancer.” These are just a few of the health news headlines that we consume on a daily basis. But do they accurately reflect what the research says? Join this discussion to avoid the perils and pitfalls of truthiness in health information and what can we as health information-seekers can do to be more health media literate. We’ll also identify the responsibilities of health news reporters and editors in conveying health-related research findings to the general public. This event is eligible for colloquium credit for SCM students. This event commemorates National Health Literacy Month (October) and U.S. Media Literacy Week (October 21-25)

Monday, October 21, 2019 7:00-8:00pm SCM Presentation Hall

Moderator: Dr. Vanessa Greenwood, Professor and C+MRC Director |Author of Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools: How Media Literacy Education Can Renew Education in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield). [read more]


Panel Discussants: 


Lindy Washburn—Award-winning health care reporter for and The Record. Two-time Journalist of the Year for New Jersey. [read bio]



Lynese Salmon—SCM student |Health and Wellness Editor & Contributing Writer for Her Campus Media [read bio]



Dr. Christopher McKinley—Associate Professor of Health Communication, School of Communication and Media [read bio]



Denise O’Shea—Head of Access Services, Sprague Library | Montclair State University [read bio]


Need some resources for increasing your health news literacy? Denise O’Shea has compiled a resource list for you courtesy of Sprague Library.

Want to check the facts on health news reports? [check this out]

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