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Michael Blastland

Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

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Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland is a freelance writer and broadcaster. Programmes he has devised and presented or produced include More or Less (about numbers in the news, with Andrew Dilnot); The Human Zoo (about behavioural science); The History of Britain in Numbers (also with Andrew), and Whodunnit (about the causes of social change). He is also an occasional presenter of Analysison Radio 4 and The inquiry. His writing includes The Tiger That Isn’t (with Andrew Dilnot, about numbers in public debate); The Norm Chronicles (with David Spiegelhalter, about risk), and Joe (about his son’s autism). He talks and presents widely to public and private sector, and trains senior BBC and other journalists to interpret data. He is currently working on a book so foolhardy it might never see daylight, aiming at a popular treatment of causality and evidence. 

Can You Handle the Evidence?

Test your skill at navigating evidence-by-numbers with one of our quick quizzes.

Journalists & Press Officers
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Winners of the 2021 Harding Prize for Useful and Trustworthy Communication announced!

14 March 2022

The inaugural Harding Prize for Useful and Trustworthy Communication has been jointly won by the ONS Covid Infection Survey and the Cochrane Review of Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19.

New free e-learning course on communicating risks in public health

2 February 2022

We've just launched a new free e-learning course on our platform https://moodle.wintoncentre.uk. Designed for trainees or professionals at any career stage who are interested in communicating risks in a …

A new episode of RiskyTalk : How misinformation spreads

14 December 2021

From anti-vaxx propaganda to partisan political news, social media is awash with dodgy, even dangerous (mis)information. Who is behind this, why do they do it & how can we stop it? Join David in learning more about the social media ecosystem of misinformation!

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