[ASC-list] ASC-list Digest, Vol 104, Issue 15

Joanne Finlay jrfinlay at optusnet.com.au
Wed Jul 10 11:53:21 UTC 2013


Hi Arwen

I think the point you make is spot-on. Good journalists do review, cross-check and include different viewpoints. They do assess the independence of 'independent' experts. 
And it is why we need really good science journalists.

Thanks for the link.

Jo Finlay

On 10/07/2013, at 2:21 PM, Arwen Cross wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> I'd like to share a blog post from SciLogs which relates to Jo and Sarah's discussion of journalism compared to communicating for an institution. The author Matt Shipman argues that sharing news from one institution is not the same as journalism because good journalism should always include viewpoints from independent experts on the topic.
> 
> http://www.scilogs.com/communication_breakdown/sharing-news-is-not-the-same-thing-as-journalism/ 
> 
> Regards,
> Arwen
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> On Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM, <asc-list-request at lists.asc.asn.au> wrote:
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> Today's Topics:
> 
>    1. Re: further to recent list conversations (Sarah Keenihan)
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> Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:32:44 +0930
> From: Sarah Keenihan <sarahkeenihan at gmail.com>
> To: Joanne Finlay <jrfinlay at optusnet.com.au>
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> Hi Jo,
> 
> Thanks for the reply.
> 
> Yes, ethics is a great point. I agree that writers do need to balance meeting the needs of clients with writing ethically about science. Knowing the scientists you work with is really important I guess...and talking to to as many scientists and writers as possible in order to see the 'big picture, get other perspectives and ask the right questions'. And not bowing to the marketing needs of institutions.
> 
> Bye for now,
> 
> Sarah
> 
> 
> Sarah Keenihan
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> 
> On 09/07/2013, at 9:17 PM, Joanne Finlay wrote:
> 
> > Hi Sarah
> >
> > I think the questions you raise are really important.
> >
> > I am curious though about your presumption that writing as a communicator for a science institutions requires taking a 'somewhat biased' position.
> >
> >> Can one person effectively swap from writing as a journalist (for example, for a newspaper) to writing as a communicator (for example, for a science institution)?
> >>              i.e. is switching from relatively unbiased to somewhat biased writing a comfortable transition?
> >
> > I have always taken the view that science communicators can and should honestly and accurately report the science, no matter who we work for. The hard part is in ensuring the institution or spokesperson you are writing for doesn't claim more credit for the science than is their due. In my view it is possible to do this, and although difficult not impossible to keep all parties happy. That's where being ethical as a science communicator comes in.
> >
> > All sounds like good ASC conference fodder.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Jo Finlay
> > Journalist, writer and science communicator
> >
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