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Webinar: Improving the Language & Coverage of Addiction
April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT- FREE -
Reflecting new scientific understanding of addiction, this webinar will offer guidance on how the media can accurately and fairly cover addiction through language, point-of-view, and style. The medical understanding of addiction and the science behind the disease has changed significantly. While the medical community changes the way it treats addiction, the media is also changing the way it covers addiction. The webinar will consider the stigma surrounding addiction and how the way the media covers the disease effects the public perception of the disease. Importantly, the webinar also will discuss the recent changes made to the AP Stylebook about the word “addict” and other stigmatizing words.
- Michael Botticelli, Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Sarah E. Wakeman, MD, FASAM, Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative
- Jeff McMillan, Eastern US Enterprise Editor for The Associated Press and AP Stylebook Committee Member