Following a shift in journalism’s business model, a diverse ecosystem of publications, many covering science, has sprung up online. This has made it more difficult to sort out what qualifies as journalism, what doesn’t, and whether the public even cares.
"Can scientists — even under the watchful editorial eye of journalists — be expected to communicate not just the good and exciting stuff about what they do, but the bad and boring, too?" Excellent article on science journalism & sci comm, by
As science journalists, writes , we use our skills to capture the beauty and complexity of scientific endeavor, to be sure, but also its shortcomings, its failings, its biases, and conflicts. And we do so on behalf of readers, not scientists.
Following a shift in journalism’s business model, a diverse ecosystem of publications, many covering science, has sprung up online. This has made it more difficult to sort out what qualifies as journalism, what doesn’t, and whether the public even cares.
This, this, so much this. Science journalists "use our skills to capture the beauty and complexity of scientific endeavor, to be sure, but also its shortcomings, its failings, its biases, and conflicts....And we do so on behalf of readers, not scientists."
Can scientists — even under the watchful editorial eye of journalists — be expected to communicate not just the good and exciting stuff about what they do, but the bad and boring, too?
"The conference organizer would only grant [] her a press pass if she allowed researchers she reported on, along with the conference committee, to review anything she wrote." Erm, no, that's not how it works.
Revisiting the Role of the Science Journalist: “It’s so incredibly important that communication about science includes as much independently reported information as possible.”
Revisiting the role of science journalism. 📝#ScienceCommunication #Journalism #Sciencenews #SciComm #Scientists
Like , I've also recently had quite a few sources asking to see my whole article before it goes live. I've declined, of course, citing the outlets' policies. But sometimes they are very adamant!