Who can journalists trust out of the overwhelming selection of competing interests to act as reliable sources? Can anyone play the role of the ‘honest broker’? How can the public untangle dubious, pseudo-scientific advice and dodgy stats from facts and truth? How can we know whether journalism, particularly reporting on complex issues or assessing notoriously difficult ideas such as risk, is accurate? Should we accept that it is our responsibility as citizens to check the facts for ourselves or should we demand that the media improve its handling of statistics and data?
Dr Graeme Archer
writer & professional statistician; winner, 2011 Orwell Prize for blogging
director of Millennial Engagement, Monsanto Company
chairman, Night Time Industries Association (NTIA); leading campaigner, #SaveNightlife
head of News, The Times
ex-editor, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme & BBC’s Panorama; director, public affairs, Oxford University