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.
David Folkenklik, NPR Media correspdonent.
Ruby Bailey, executive editor of the Columbia Missourian.
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