When scientists are still conducting research to find clearer answers, what can and can’t we say about emerging but not yet solid evidence? Midinformation is what happens when we jump to conclusions, especially about scientific findings. In this session, we’ll workshop a balance between the public’s demand for answers and the scientific process. Midinformation is the sort of information crisis that happens when not all the facts are known. In that vacuum of knowledge, all kinds of rumors, conspiracies, misunderstandings and misconceptions can emerge, because it’s comforting to have an anchor that feels true and reliable. This session will unpack how midinformation poses real problems for fact-checkers and journalists working to keep up with emerging science.

Organised in association with MisinfoCon.