Science journalism is in decline; science blogging is growing. The Science journal Nature looks at the issue -- with a focus on the implications for science.
Globe and Mail editorial Thursday notes the paradigm shift in U.S. national policy under Obama to one which ideologically and financially supports science and open inquiry. Can Canada...
Journalism professor David Secko and researcher Wendy Smith are leading the Concordia Science Journalism Project, which aims to help journalists discriminate between good research and bad by collecting stories from scientists and the reporters who cover them.
What happens when scientific research begins to shift toward larger and larger, hierarchically-centralized projects? Risk to the output of science overall, warns Colorado biologist Aaron E. Hirsh, who penned a guest science column for regular blogger Olivia Judson in The New York Times Jan. 13. Hirsh notes that...
Science journalism – one of the most labour-intensive (and, therefore, expensive) specialized beats – has always been at high risk of being under-serviced in news organizations.The current wave of industry cutbacks isn’t boding well for its future. CNN’s decision to axe its entire science unit is the latest example. This has scientists worried how best to ensure public access to quality journalism on hot topics like climate or health.
With commercial news organizations failing to support the science writers on full-time beats, is it time for...
The journal Nature launched a new intersdisciplinary essay series Oct. 23 to explore how scientific discovery is affecting our understanding of what it means to be human. The lead editorial notes how scientific discovery can be "fraught with difficulty".
The series, which will run every two weeks for the next five months, promises to bring expert perspectives on "the potential impact on society, now and in the future, of discoveries in psychology, anthropology, genetics, neuroscience, game theory and network engineering."
The first essay in the series tackles the topic of religion from a cognitive-evolutionary perspective.
Remember your elementary school atlas? The Atlas of Canada offers an amazing array of maps that can graphically represent complex data in a manner that may be more readily digestible than text or charts.
Most commonly used by educators and other professionals, the maps are available to journalists (both broadcast and print) for re-publication. Clearance rights are available by contacting Natural Resources Canada and can take as long as a couple of weeks.
The World Federation of Science Journalists is hosting a competition to send five journalists to the International EcoHealth Forum taking place in Mexico in December 2008. Applications must be received before September 2, 2008, and winners will be announced October 6, 2008. Full details can be found on the WFSJ's awards page.
Some scientists focus on a wider mission. Some like to hack. Johnny Lee does both - he wants expensive technology accessible to wider audiences and his hacks of the Nintendo Wii remote (broadcast through u-tube videos) have made him famous.
This TED video (a U.S. speaker series) of the Carnegie-Mellon graduate student demonstrates his creation of an interactive white board (typically a few thousand dollars) for little more than $50 of hardware. He made the software public and in three months, it was downloaded for free over 500,000 times.
Pitting sources against each other can get in the way of accurate reporting, writes science journalism researcher Maija Saari. The National Post's coverage of climate change is a case in point.
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Thank you, Thomas, I'll check it out.1 day 10 hours ago
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