staff writer, The Dallas Morning News, and freelance multimedia journalist, Washington, D.C.
Question: During a public health crisis, how might we limit the spread of misinformation and make health and science reporting more accurate?
Dr. Seema Yasmin deepened her expertise in science communication by teaching storytelling at Stanford University School of Medicine and taking classes in media innovation and computational journalism. In her first quarter, she created a tool to help journalists track and analyze lawmakers’ social media messaging. Seema’s deep dive into the challenge of producing accurate, nuanced stories in the midst of health crises involved learning about the experiences of people affected by Ebola and Zika, reporters local to areas where outbreaks occurred as well as foreign journalists and emergency responders who tackled the world’s largest outbreaks of Ebola and Zika. While developing a toolkit to aid journalists covering public health crises, Seema worked on her second book, Debunked, which explores pseudoscience, medical myths and why rumors can spread faster than microbes.
Posts by Seema
Should science reporters be trained like war correspondents? For the last seven months I’ve been exploring misinformation and ways to… (4 minute read)
This essay about the Dallas tornado outbreak of December 26, 2015 won the Mayborn literary non-fiction essay award and originally appeared… (11 minute read)
Notes from a speech to the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in San Francisco, December 1, 2017. (7 minute read)
Read @DoctorYasmin on Medium.
Seema Yasmin is a medical doctor, journalist and professor. She earned a medical degree from the University of Cambridge and served as an officer in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Epidemic Intelligence Service before training as a journalist. She has worked as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News and as a medical analyst for CNN, in addition to being a contributor to NBC and Al-Jazeera. Her writing has also appeared in magazines such as Foreign Policy and Scientific American. Her reporting covers the breadth of public health from syndemics of disease and gender-based violence in West Africa to the arrival of Ebola in Texas. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist with the breaking news team at The Dallas Morning News in 2017, received an Emmy for her reporting on neglected tropical diseases and has received awards from the U.S. Public Health Service, the Center for Health Journalism and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.