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Science
Science
journalism conveys reporting about science to the public. The field typically involves interactions between scientists, journalists, and the public.

Contents

1 Aims 2 Status

2.1 Chocolate hoax 2.2 Criticism

3 Types 4 Notable science journalists 5 See also 6 References 7 External links 8 Further reading

Aims[edit]

Science
Science
values detail, precision, the impersonal, the technical, the lasting, facts, numbers and being right. Journalism
Journalism
values brevity, approximation, the personal, the colloquial, the immediate, stories, words and being right now. There are going to be tensions. — Quentin Cooper, of BBC Radio 4’s Material World, [2]

The aim of a science journalist is to render very detailed, specific, and often jargon-laden information produced by scientists into a form that non-scientists can understand and appreciate while still communicating the information accurately. One way science journalism can achieve that is to avoid an information deficit model of communication, which assumes a top-down, one-way direction of communicating information that limits an open dialogue between knowledge holders and the public. Science
Science
journalists often have training in the scientific disciplines that they cover. Some have earned a degree in a scientific field before becoming journalists or exhibited talent in writing about science subjects. However, good preparation for interviews and even deceptively simple questions such as "What does this mean to the people on the street?" can often help a science journalist develop material that is useful for the intended audience. Status[edit] With budget cuts at major newspapers and other media, there are fewer working science journalists working for traditional print and broadcast media than before.[3] Similarly, there are currently very few journalists in traditional media outlets that write multiple articles on emerging science, such as nanotechnology. In 2011, there were 459 journalists who had written a newspaper article covering nanotechnology, of whom 7 wrote about the topic more than 25 times.[4] In January 2012, just a week after The Daily Climate reported that worldwide coverage of climate change continued a three-year slide in 2012[5] and that among the five largest US dailies, the New York Times published the most stories and had the biggest increase in coverage,[6] that newspaper announced that it was dismantling its environmental desk and merging its journalists with other departments.[7] News
News
coverage on science by traditional media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, and news broadcasts is being replaced by online sources. In April 2012, the New York Times was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for content published by Politico and The Huffington Post, both online sources, a sign of the platform shift by the media outlet. New communication environments provide essentially unlimited information on a large number of issues, which can be obtained anywhere and with relatively limited effort. The web also offers opportunities for citizens to connect with others through social media and other 2.0-type tools to make sense of this information. "After a lot of hand wringing about the newspaper industry about six years ago, I take a more optimistic view these days,” said Cristine Russell, president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. “The world is online. Science
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writers today have the opportunity to communicate not just with their audience but globally.”[8] Blog-based science reporting is filling in to some degree, but has problems of its own.[9] Chocolate hoax[edit] Main article: John Bohannon
John Bohannon
§ Misleading chocolate study In 2015, John Bohannon
John Bohannon
produced a deliberately bad study to see how a low-quality open access publisher and the media would pick up their findings. He worked with a film-maker Peter Onneken who was making a film about junk science in the diet industry with fad diets becoming headline news despite terrible study design and almost no evidence.[10] He invented a fake "diet institute" that lacks even a website, and used the pen name, "Johannes Bohannon," and fabricated a press release.[11] Criticism[edit] Science
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journalists regularly come under criticism for misleading reporting of scientific stories. All three groups of scientists, journalists, and the public often criticize science journalism for bias and inaccuracies. However, with the increasing collaborations online between science journalists there may be potential with removing inaccuracies.[12] The 2010 book Merchants of Doubt
Merchants of Doubt
by historians of science Naomi Oreskes
Naomi Oreskes
and Erik M. Conway argues that in topics like the global warming controversy, tobacco smoking, acid rain, DDT
DDT
and ozone depletion, contrarian scientists have sought to "keep the controversy alive" in the public arena by demanding that reporters give false balance to the minority side. Very often, such as with climate change, this leaves the public with the impression that disagreement within the scientific community is much greater than it actually is.[13] Science
Science
is based on experimental evidence, testing and not dogma, and disputation is a normal activity.[14] Many science magazines, along with Newspapers like The New York Times and popular science shows like PBS Nova tailor their content to relatively highly educated audiences.[15] Many universities and research institutions focus much of their media outreach efforts on coverage in such outlets. Some government departments require journalists to gain clearance to interview a scientist, and require that a press secretary listen in on phone conversations between government funded scientists and journalists.[16] Many pharmaceutical marketing representatives have come under fire for offering free meals to doctors in order to promote new drugs.[17][18] Critics of science journalists have argued that they should disclose whether industry groups have paid for a journalist to travel, or has received free meals or other gifts.[19] Science
Science
journalism finds itself under a critical eye due to the fact that it combines the necessary tasks of a journalist along with the investigative process of a scientist. Most science journalists begin their careers as either a scientist or a journalist and transition to science communication.[20] One area in which science journalists seem to support varying sides of an issue is in risk communication. Science
Science
journalists may choose to highlight the amount of risk that studies have uncovered while others focus more on the benefits depending on audience and framing. Science journalism in contemporary risk societies leads to the institutionalisation of mediated scientific public spheres which exclusively discuss science and technology related issues.[21] This also leads to the development of new professional relationship between scientists and journalists, which is mutually beneficial.[22] Types[edit] There are many different examples of science writing. A few examples include feature writing, risk communication, blogs, science books, scientific journals, and science magazines. Notable science journalists[edit]

Natalie Angier, a science journalist for The New York Times Nina Teicholz, a science journalist for The New York Times Philip Ball, English science writer Nora Bär, Argentinian science journalist Christopher Bird David Bodanis, known for his microphotographic style David Bradley (UK journalist) William Broad, a science journalist for The New York Times Deborah Byrd, of the Earth & Sky radio series Nigel Calder Marcus Chown Wilson da Silva Claudia Dreifus David Ewing Duncan Gregg Easterbrook Dan Fagin Kitty Ferguson Timothy Ferris, science writer, most often on astronomical topics Albrecht Fölsing Ben Goldacre Gina Kolata, science journalist for The New York Times. Robert Kunzig Federico Kukso, Argentinian science journalist and author Duncan Lunan Bob McDonald, Canadian science journalist, host of Quirks & Quarks Steve Mirsky, columnist for Scientific American Chris Mooney, science journalist and author Michelle Nijhuis Dennis Overbye of The New York Times David Quammen, science, nature and travel writer Mary Roach Matt Ridley, science journalist and author, columnist at the Wall Street Journal Kirsten Sanford Rebecca Skloot Meredith Small John Timmer Nicholas Wade, a science journalist for The New York Times Robyn Williams Jeff Wise Carl Zimmer

See also[edit]

Journalism
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portal

Columbia Journalism
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Review[23] False balance Frontiers of Science, defunct illustrated comic strip Further research is needed MATTER, (magazine) Popular science Public awareness of science Science
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by press conference Scientific literature Science
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Writing

References[edit]

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^ " Emma Reh
Emma Reh
(1896-1982)". Smithsonian Institution Archives. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 11 July 2013.  ^ " Science
Science
and the media – an uncomfortable fit By Sallie Robbins". London: Blogs.independent.co.uk. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-07-06.  ^ Zara, Christopher. "Remember Newspaper
Newspaper
Science
Science
Sections? They're Almost All Gone". International Business Times. Retrieved 10 May 2013.  ^ Dudo, A. D.; Dunwoody, S. & Scheufele, D. A. (2011). "The emergence of nano news: Tracking thematic trends and changes in U.S. newspaper coverage of nanotechnology". Journalism
Journalism
& Mass Communication Quarterly (88): 55–75.  ^ Fischer, Douglas. "Climate coverage, dominated by weird weather, falls further in 2012". Retrieved 10 May 2013.  ^ "MEDIA COVERAGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING". Center for Science
Science
and Technology Policy Research.  ^ Bagley, Katherine. "New York Times Dismantles Its Environment Desk: Times says demise of the nine-person team, created in 2009, won't affect climate coverage". Inside Climate News. Retrieved 10 May 2013.  ^ Zara, Christopher. "Remember Newspaper
Newspaper
Science
Science
Sections? They're Almost All Gone". International Business Times. Retrieved 13 May 2013.  ^ "Unpopular Science", by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, The Nation, Aug. 17, 2009 ^ John Bohannon. "I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How". Io9.  ^ "International Press Release: Slim by Chocolate". instituteofdiet.com. Archived from the original on 12 December 2015.  ^ Novin, A., Secko, D. (November 25, 2012). "Debate Cited: A First Exploration of a Web Application to Enhance the Production of Science Journalism
Journalism
Students". Journalism
Journalism
Interest Group. CCA/Groupe d’intérêt en journalisme, ACC Conference Proceedings (2012). Retrieved September 8, 2016.  ^ Peter T. Doran & Maggie Kendall Zimmerman (20 January 2009). "Examining the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 February 2009.  ^ "Bad science Science". London: The Guardian. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-06.  ^ " Science
Science
Needs a Storyline". Columbia Journalism
Journalism
Review.  ^ "Transparency Watch: A Closed Door". Columbia Journalism Review.  ^ "Physician–Industry Relations. Part 1: Individual Physicians". annals.org.  ^ De Ferrari, A; Gentille, C; Davalos, L; Huayanay, L; Malaga, G (2014). "Attitudes and Relationship between Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry in a Public General Hospital in Lima, Peru". PLoS ONE. 9 (6): e100114. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100114. PMC 4076259 . PMID 24978481.  ^ "Where do science journalists draw the line?". Columbia Journalism Review.  ^ Zivkovic, Bora."The Line Between Science
Science
and Journalism
Journalism
is Getting Blurry Again"," Science
Science
Progress", 21 December 2010. ^ Shiju Sam Varughese. 2017. Contested Knowledge: Science, Media, and Democracy in Kerala. Oxfod University Press, New Delhi ^ Ibid. ^ "Community Resources for Justice". crj.org. 

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Further reading[edit]

Brainard, Curtis (March 20, 2009). "Nature's Artificial Divide". Columbia Journalism
Journalism
Review.  Yong, Ed (29 July 2010). "On the Origin of Science
Science
Writers". National Geographic Phenomena Blog. 

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