Avian Flu, A Pandemic & the Role of Journalists: Excerpts From a Conference

"The Next Big Health Crisis—And How to Cover It" brought journalists together with scientists, public health officials, medical experts, academic researchers, law enforcement officers, public policy experts, and Homeland Security officials to talk about how best to prepare for the possible arrival of pandemic flu.

Avian Flu, A Pandemic & the Role of Journalists: Excerpts From a Conference
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Preparing for Pandemic Flu
By Various Sources
Understanding the Threat
A Focus on the Science
By Michael Osterholm & Marc Lipsitch
Press Lessons From the 1918 Pandemic Flu (2 comments)
By John M. Barry
The Terror of Disease
By John M. Barry
Understanding the Risk
What Frightens Rarely Kills
By Peter Sandman
Preparing for the Crisis
By Betty Kirby, John Thompson & Michael Loehr
Reacting to the Crisis
From Public Trust to Panic
By Dori Reissman & Sandro Galea
Communicating News of an Outbreak
How best to get information out to the public in ways that are trustworthy and timely
By Glen Nowak & Dick Thompson
Interaction of Journalists and Sources
By Bruce Shapiro, Patricia Thomas & Ford Rowan
Reporting From the Frontlines of the Flu
By Margie Mason, Maggie Fox & Christy Feig
The Many Dimensions of the Avian Flu Story
By Maryn McKenna, Alan Sipress, Lu Yi, Harro Albrecht, Helen Branswell and John Pope
Creating a Bookshelf of Valuable Resources
List compiled by Maryn McKenna