Tamar Wilner is a Dallas-based journalist, researcher, and communications graduate student, specializing in the study of misinformation and science communication. She's written and consulted for the Columbia Journalism Review, Poynter.com, and American Press Institute, and she co-created Post Facto, a game that teaches people how to fact check stories in their social media feeds. You can find her at www.tamarwilner.com and on Twitter at @tamarwilner.
November 6, 2017
Ever since “fake news” became an inescapable phrase in late 2016, journalism professionals familiar with misinformation have made a point of defining the term carefully. But some academics and journalists seem confused.
October 5, 2016
Most medical meta-studies are either unnecessary, misleading, or wrong
June 15, 2016
Another reason why we don’t fact-check math: there’s a tendency to ascribe truthiness to a claim with numbers in it.
March 10, 2016
“Newsweek published my feature about the cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who’s facing potential license revocation... And I got a reminder of how hard it is to write about controversial health issues.”
January 4, 2016
The solution is not to seek some Platonic ideal of pure rationality, which is neither achievable nor desirable. Anger, managed correctly, can drive ethical action. The key is to focus on the informational content of those anger states and find the most effective ways to fashion and spread correctives.
November 17, 2015
Why do journalists insist on trumpeting the findings of the latest, anomalous study-ignoring the weight of all the evidence that came before?
August 24, 2015
While we’re arguably awash in more misinformation than ever before, online media have also enabled tools and sources that help us evaluate dubious claims.
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