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Maike Winters

Maike Winters

PhD student

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About me

In my PhD project, I combine my background in journalism and communication with global health and epidemiology. My research focusses on the role of risk communication and misinformation in infectious disease outbreaks - for instance the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. I am currently working on the Contagious Misinformation Trial, which aimed to debunk prevalent misinformation about typhoid in Sierra Leone using audio dramas on WhatsApp. At KI I am also involved in science communication research, investigating the influence of press releases from medical universities on media articles.

Apart from my work at KI, I am Chief Ignorance Hunter at the Gapminder Foundation. I help to develop and test new fact questions around global trends, hunting topics where chimpanzees outsmart humans.

Research description


Reporting in a health emergency: The roles of Sierra Leonean journalists during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak Winters M, Nordenstedt H, Mölsted Alvesson H PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2020: 14(5): e0008256

Ebola: global commitment for local engagement needed Winters M, Nordenstedt H European Journal of Public Health, 2019;5:807

The association between quality measures of medical university press releases and their corresponding news stories—Important information missing Winters M, Larsson A, Kowalski J, Sundberg CJ PLOS ONE 2019;14(6):e0217295

Risk Communication and Ebola-Specific Knowledge and Behaviour during 2014-2015 Outbreak, Sierra Leone Winters M, Jalloh MF, Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Conteh L, Bunnell R, Li W, Zeebari Z, Nordenstedt H.  Emerging Infectious Diseases 2018;24(2):336-344

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