Author, NYT editor Elizabeth Williamson, shares tips for reporting amid lies and misinformation, June 10

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Journalists have long been tasked with sorting fact from fiction in their reporting. But what happens when readers redefine what they see as truth and what they accept as fact?

New York Times writer and author Elizabeth Williamson is among journalists confronting the rampant rise and spread of conspiracy theories through his reporting and research. His current work involves unraveling the targeted misinformation and lies prevalent after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn.surviving families’ lawsuit against Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jonesand the electoral disinformation that fuels the January 6, 2021Attack on the Capitol.

In this educational program with the National Press Club Journalism Institute, Williamson will share her process of reporting and research, as well as the insights she gained from connecting the dots on how conspiracy theories develop. Williamson, whose critically acclaimed book “sand hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truthpublished this spring, will describe how she gathered more than 400 interviews, 10,000 pages of court testimony and other documents, and reports from the field to draw a line from conspiracy theories around sand hook for January 6, 2021.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify how misinformation and political conspiracy theories have spread;
  • Work with sensitivity and clarity while reporting on conspiracy theories;
  • Pre-bunk conspiracy theories thanks to early reports;
  • Use trauma-informed reporting methods when working with victims of tragedy; and
  • Organize reports and in-depth research to craft a detailed narrative.

Registration is open for this programwhich will take place on friday june 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.

On Elizabeth Williamson

Elizabeth Williamson is a Washington bureau columnist for The New York Times and a former member of the New York Times Editorial Committee. She worked for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and spent a decade as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe. She is the author of “sand hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth“, published by Dutton.

Before joining the Times in 2015, Williamson was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s Washington office. She has written articles on national politics and the culture of Washington and covered the White House during President Obama’s first term.

Prior to joining The Wall Street Journal in 2008, Williamson worked for The Washington Post beginning in 2003. She covered the federal government and Congress, lobbying, federal government contracts, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq.

Williamson began her journalism career as a foreign correspondent in 1994 and for a decade reported from the Balkans, Russiathe Baltic nations and more widely Eastern Europe. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune and other outlets. In 2000, she became the reporter for the Wall Street Journal Warsaw office manager, covering Poland and surrounding countries.

Williamson was born in Chicago and resides in Washington with his family.

About the Institute

The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes engaged global citizenship through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire a more representative democracy. As a nonprofit affiliate of the National Press Club, the Institute nurtures journalism in the public interest.

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Please direct any questions about this program to Beth FrancescoDeputy Executive Director of the Institute.

Press contacts: Julie MoosExecutive Director, National Institute of Journalism of the Press Club, [email protected]

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