Lack of specialized journalists leads to misreporting

Statistics and technical topics can be difficult for journalists to report if it’s not their area of expertise. According to the EEA this can lead to misreporting and a danger of simplifying information too much.

By Emma Tram

“Data is hard to explain and make relevant,” says Cornelis Brand, press officer and environmental journalist at the European Environment Agency (EEA). Therefore, a decrease in specialized journalists can be felt in the communication- and press departments of institutions like the EEA. Their work increasingly consists of helping journalists simplify data, for example by creating infographics. Although this helps getting environmental information out to the broader public, it is not necessarily without consequences because, as Cornelius Brand points out, there is always the question of: “Do we dumb it down too much?”