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Science Journalism

Science Communication Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Science
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

Societies for science still only accept well-established scientists who pay large membership dues. Journals of science are still only distributed to and read by paying subscribers: research institutions and rich scientists. Science communication is outdated.

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows Americans Have Little Faith In Scientists, Science Journalists | Emily Swanson | Posted 12.22.2013 | Science

How much faith do Americans have in scientists and science journalists? Not a whole lot, a new survey finds. In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 36...

The Crisis in Squishy Science: Trouble for Scientists and for Journalists

Bella DePaulo | Posted 04.22.2013 | Media
Bella DePaulo

The squishy sciences are great at generating findings that are exciting and counter-intuitive. Journalists love those results.

Does 'Evil' Brain Area Really Exist?

Posted 02.12.2013 | Science

By: Marc Lallanilla, Assistant Editor Published: 02/11/2013 12:05 PM EST on LiveScience Evil is alive and is lurking in the brains of certain in...

Baloney Science in The New York Times

Dan Agin | Posted 01.27.2013 | Science
Dan Agin

It's unfortunate when the supposed "newspaper of record," The New York Times, presents the public with errors of interpretation and fact in a special section of the newspaper devoted to science: the so-called Science Times.

Science Journalism and the Inner Swine Dog

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

I don't think it's widely appreciated how important high-quality science journalism is and how much effort it requires. Limited resources, time constraints and the pressure to publish sensationalist articles can compromise the quality of the work. Two recent examples illustrated this.

Junk DNA, Junky PR

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2012 | Science
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The ENCODE Project results don't alter the current view of the genome; they just provide a basis for further investigation. Additionally, the findings were embargoed for years to enable the PR blitz -- at minimum unseemly when public funds are involved.

A Genome-Sized Media Failure

Michael White | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science
Michael White

The genome sciences consortium ENCODE was a fantastic opportunity for scientists and science journalists to explain exciting research findings in genome biology that are changing how we think about health, disease and evolution. But we blew it, in a big way.

Science Writing: The Perils of Pith

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 10.09.2012 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

I am a fan of Malcolm Gladwell and his brand of writers (their books and articles make entertaining reads and add much to literary journalism and nonfiction); I just have a problem with it being called scientific writing. I read actual science on a daily basis. This is not it.

And The 'Worst Science Article' Prize Goes To...

Posted 02.22.2012 | Science

The folks at the Daily Mail are big fans of science, regularly covering cutting-edge research from universities in the UK and abroad. But do scientist...

The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism

Seth Mnookin | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Seth Mnookin

The seemingly never-ending contraction of the media industry has resulted in a shedding of specialists in every journalistic medium. That does not, however, mean that the public's hunger for information about science, medicine and technology is shrinking.

Dear Media: Please Stop Reporting About Science

Jacob Dickerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jacob Dickerman

There's nothing special about the moon. If it didn't exist, life on this planet would be largely the same,

Journalists Present Acupuncture Placebo As Cure

Jacob Dickerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jacob Dickerman

A flat Earth is not an equal proposition to a round one, and when a study shows that a placebo works as well as a medicine, it means that the medicine itself is probably a placebo.