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The Check-In: Avoiding Misinformation

KBIA host Janet Saidi is ready to take calls.

With any crisis -- but especially with this coronavirus pandemic -- comes a lot of questions as events unfold quickly. With the questions come confusion from the public and experts alike.

Medical experts communicate best practices based on what they understand at the time, and as they learn more, sometimes those messages change. And these days, politicians will often contort messages to fit their agendas. That creates a space that leaves us all vulnerable to misinformation and mixed messages.

All this serves as a reminder: This is what journalists are for. They help us interpret quickly-evolving messages with reliability, accuracy and speed.

Our guests:

David Folkenklik, NPR Media correspdonent. 

Ruby Bailey, executive editor of the Columbia Missourian.

To hear the live show, tune in weekdays at noon. Also, you can leave us a voicemail at 877-532-0971 about how you are handling the isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristofor left KBIA in fall of 2021
Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.
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