Whether it’s Covid 19, domestic and international politics, war or fake news, conspiracy theories and rumours have abounded over the past two years. This panel of scientists and journalists examines reportage in times of crisis.

Deborah Stone (moderator), Peter Doherty, Margaret Simons, Norman Swan, Zoya Sheftalovich

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Deborah Stone

Deborah Stone is a journalist, media adviser and communications consultant. She is a former feature writer for The Age and The Sunday Age and was Editor of both the Australian Jewish News Editor and ArtsHub. She is Communications Lead in Humanities at Australian Catholic University and writes a monthly column for Plus61J.

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty is an Australian immunologist and pathologist who, with Rolf Zinkernagel of Switzerland, received the Nobel Prize for Physiology of Medicine in 1996 for their discovery of how the body’s immune system distinguishes virus-infected cells from normal cells. After leading a research group at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, and teaching at the University of…

Zoya Sheftalovich

Zoya Sheftalovich is a contributing editor of the POLITICO news website and the editor of its Brussels and London Playbooks. She was born in Ukraine, before moving to Australia as part of the post-Soviet diaspora in the early 1990s. Zoya has written about her experiences growing up in Ukraine through the Chernobyl disaster and the…

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of numerous articles and essays and many books, including Penny Wong: Passion and Principle (2019), the first biography of the Australian politician. She is also a journalism academic and Honorary Principal Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne. She has won the…

Norman Swan

Norman Swan has hosted RN’s Health Report since its inception in 1975 and since the COVID-19 pandemic, co-hosted Coronacast, a daily podcast. He trained in medicine and paediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC as a medically qualified journalist. Norman is also a reporter and commentator on the ABC’s 7.30, Midday, News…