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Sunday, July 12, 2009

New at ARN: David Tyler looks at grousing about science media

On the interplay between science and journalism

by David Tyler

Apparently, journalism faces something of an identity crisis, not least science journalism. The 6th World Conference of Science Journalists was held in London last week. Before it started, it was said that many attendees will be "wondering if this is journalism's swan song". An Editorial in Nature asked whether the role of science journalists is that of cheerleader ("to explain new scientific findings to the masses" and "for making the case for a thriving research enterprise to public and politicians alike") or a watchdog ("to cast a fair but sceptical eye over everything in the public sphere - science included").

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The one question not being asked is: are science journalists letting us down?

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Go here for more. (Tyler kindly quotes me.)

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