This article offers ideas for dealing with controversial topics in science. It urges journalists to be inquisitive, skeptical and fair in their research and reporting. It discusses various science stories, analyzing how they were reported and helping journalists achieve accuracy in reporting. The article includes a focus on how to interpret what scientists tell you. It is an easy read and features some useful ideas.
You can read it online here: http://www.scidev.net/en/sub-suharan-africa/practical-guides/reporting-on-controversies-in-science.html .