Critical Issues In Writing About Bioterrorism

Fact-based storytelling raises complex challenges. Consider bioterrorism: Should you write about it, or will it alarm viewers or give terrorists ideas? How constrained by the facts should you be? Where can you get accurate information? What is your responsibility as a public citizen and as a dramatist?

Neal Baer, M.D., writer/producer, Law & Order: SVU
Michael Frost Beckner, writer/executive producer, The Agency
Jeffrey Koplan, M.D., M.P.H., director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Stephen Ostroff, M.D., associate director for Epidemiologic Science, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Moderator: Victoria Riskin, president, WGAW

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