Hey folks! Just a couple of interesting links for this March Monday, during which (here in MT), we've had snow, rain, wind, puffy clouds, and now, bright, warm sunshine - all the seasons in just one day! Don't you love March? First, a friendly reminder about SEJ's call for entries for its annual awards for reporting on the environment. The deadline is April 2 - just a couple weeks left!
Also, an interesting - and I think, useful - discussion about science journalism, communication between journalists and scientists, and the vital importance of "getting the story right." This piece first appeared in the New Scientist, and was picked up by Slate. It focuses on British journalists, but the same applies to science journalists everywhere:
What if there were rules for science journalism? By Fiona Fox British journalists are having their dirty laundry washed in public at the moment. Their prime minister, David Cameron, has commissioned the Leveson inquiry to investigate the role of the press and police in the recent national scandal of tabloid journalists hacking cellphone messages. What has that got to do with science, though? Everything!
The celebrities lining up to give evidence at the hearings in London have been making the headlines, but the wider goal of the inquiry is to investigate press standards and explore how inaccurate reporting can damage the public interest.
I am not in favor of treating science as a special case, but I think it can be argued that some science stories are of such great public interest that the highest standards of journalism must apply... Read more.