This newsletter is a reprint of my syndicated column on COVID news conferences… Why can’t politicians manage press conferences? By Allan Bonner Isn’t it time politicians learned to simulate a real-life encounter with people who have questions? Head of government: “… and so stay safe.” (Long pause.) Robotic voice: “Our next caller is Scoop Notepad
By Monica Gul SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Fraser Health are being described as chaotic, with little public communication from the health authority and people scrambling to get in line after hearing about them from word of mouth. Despite no official heads up from the Fraser Health Authority, COVID-19 vaccination pop-up
Most often I ad lib on radio and TV or in newspaper interviews. But, in the back of my mind is former CBS TV anchor Walter Cronkite’s old quote that there’s no such thing as an ad lib. There might be a turn of a phrase you’ve never made in that exact way, but you
It seems as if everyone is an epidemiologist these days. So it’s worth considering epidemiology’s history and the role it should be playing in public policy, preventing disease and promoting health. When U.S. President Donald Trump and reporters get into arguments about infections, testing and death rates, they’re engaging in an epidemiological discussion. Not everyone
Crises make for strange bedfellows. It took the COVID-19 pandemic to forge a bond between journalists and epidemiologists. These two occupations have little in common. Journalist detest jargon and are admonished by editors for wordy prose. Epidemiologists publish in medical and scientific journals using the jargon and terminology of their profession. They may present scientific
Allan Bonner and commentator Robin Sears discuss the unique leadership challenges in this pandemic, how leadership sometimes falls short in meeting those challenges, and what leaders need to do going forward.