[ASC-list] SciDevNet on science journalism and communication [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

Bianca Nogrady bianca at biancanogrady.com
Thu Jul 4 22:10:34 UTC 2013

Thanks for posting this Lynne - it's an interesting read.

At the risk of opening a can of worms, I'm intrigued by the fact that a
number of science journalists take the stand that they are not a 'cheer
squad' for science, as Pallab Ghosh is described as saying in this article.

I understand very well that the job of a good science journalist is to ask
the hard questions, to look critically at the data, to ask where the money
come from and not to assume that science is truth.

But this assertion that one is not a cheerleader for science feels almost
like a statement of emnity, like we have to take a stand against the hordes
of pom-pom waving fanatics.

Isn't it possible to be both? I'm proud to proclaim that I'm an unrepentant
science nerd. I love science and the process of scientific discovery and
the knowledge that comes from that, and I'm always raving to friends about
some amazing new bit of info I've discovered.

I'm very happy to stand up and trumpet 'Hooray for Science!' but I don't
think this makes me any less of an effective journalist.

I'd be really interested to know people's thoughts on this.


On 5 July 2013 07:26, Griffiths, Lynne <Lynne.Griffiths at nwc.gov.au> wrote:

> Hi ASC
> SciDev.Net has launched a new-look website - http://www.scidev.net/global/.
>  Their latest editorial features a discussion on science journalism and
> communication in the global context -
> http://www.scidev.net/global/communication/editorial-blog/science-journalism-and-communication-make-a-good-match.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=SciDev.Net&utm_campaign=2679242_Launch+email+EN&utm_content=KazEditorial&dm_i=1SCG,1LFBE,AZRIZP,5IAH7,1
> There are related articles that may be of interest -
> http://www.scidev.net/global/communication/
> Cheers
> Lynne Griffiths
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