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  Don't dumb me down | Science | Guardian Unlimited
Often, a front page science story will emerge from a press release alone, and the formal academic paper may never appear, or appear much later, and then not even show what the press reports claimed it would (www.badscience.net/?p=159).
This misrepresentation of science is a direct descendant of the reaction, in the Romantic movement, against the birth of science and empiricism more than 200 years ago; it's exactly the same paranoid fantasy as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, only not as well written.
And humanities graduates in the media, who suspect themselves to be intellectuals, desperately need to reinforce the idea that science is nonsense: because they've denied themselves access to the most significant developments in the history of western thought for 200 years, and secretly, deep down, they're angry with themselves over that.
www.guardian.co.uk /life/badscience/story/0,12980,1564369,00.html   (2036 words)

 Science journalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Science journalism is a relatively new branch of journalism, which uses the art of reporting to convey information about science topics to a public forum.
Science journalists often, but not always, have advanced training in the particular scientific disciplines that they cover — they may have been scientists or, for example, medical doctors, before becoming journalists — or have at least exhibited talent in writing about science subjects.
In recent years, the amount of scientific news has grown rapidly with science playing an increasingly central role in society, and interaction between the scientific community and news media has increased.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Science_journalism   (271 words)

 Islam Online- Health & Science Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Science continues to become more complicated and mysterious as we talk about its importance in the lives of the general public and there is a need to demystify it.
To a large extent, science communication and science journalism is a passion for those who practice it, but for the editors and publishers what matters is sensationalism, because that is what people have been groomed to admire the most.
Science communication in general and science journalism in particular is a discipline that is still in the process of evolution in many countries.
www.islamonline.net /English/Science/2003/09/article11.shtml   (1969 words)

 Pharyngula::More science journalism, good and bad
First, reporters—and more importantly their editors—tend not to see science as a developing story, but rather as a perlexing and boring process that produces "news" only intermittently, usually in the form of a readily digestible "discovery." This, for the most part, eliminates from science reporting what is elsewhere the gold standard in journalism—enterprise.
The surest way to convince an editor to go with a science story is to show him or her that it has already been published in a scientific journal—or, preferably, that it will appear in one on the very same day you are proposing you run with your version.
Science courses at big state universities are often used as filters to winnow out the top students, for grad school or med school or whatever.
pharyngula.org /index/weblog/comments/more_science_journalism_good_and_bad   (3587 words)

 The Methods of Science and Journalism
The word "theory" in general use is usually synonymous with "idea"; but in science, a theory must be able to make testable predictions and be observed in nature, or it is not a valid scientific theory.
The difference in terminology between science and journalism is only the tip of the iceberg in the vast differences between the two disciplines.
Science fraud, for example, occurs when someone goes into an experiment with a predetermined answer, and then tweaks the data to fit it.
www.facsnet.org /tools/sci_tech/methods.php3   (1181 words)

 Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ): Careers/Environmental journalism programs and courses
Among the specialized courses offered are environmental reporting, health and science writing, investigative reporting, nature reporting and computer-assisted reporting, as well as seminars in specialized topics, such as reporting about land use issues, wilderness issues and current controversies in environmental, health and science journalism.
School of Journalism offers a specialized course in environmental journalism that is an elective in the regular journalism sequence and also draws a number of writing minors from the English department.
School of Journalism offers one graduate environmental journalism course per year, and hopes to develop more courses with its environmental studies and biology programs.
www.sej.org /careers/programs.htm   (1777 words)

 The Wistar Institute :: News & Information: The 2007 Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award
Journalism that expresses the same kind of skepticism encouraged by science itself will be given particular attention, as will coverage with the prescience to identify and illuminate the significance of research that may appear, at first glance, to be more limited in scope.
Intelligent, perceptive journalism written in broadly accessible language plays a primary role in communicating progress in biomedicine to the public, which both supports and is the beneficiary of basic biomedical research.
The co-chairs of the 2007 award committee are Deborah Blum, a freelance journalist, professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize, and Joe Palca, senior science correspondent for National Public Radio.
www.wistar.org /news_info/award_Page.html   (354 words)

 CJR May/June 2006 - Wierd Science
Like many beat reporters, science journalists spend a great deal of time educating their editors about the peculiarities of their fields, and by and large those exchanges are not only illuminating but ultimately lead to better stories.
All the more reason it’s so refreshing that readers of science stories don’t seem to mind a bit of confusion — even when the subject matter is difficult or counterintuitive: ten-dimensional space, for example, or fossils of foot-long “bugs” that crawled out of the sea 480 million years ago.
Every science writer I know has had the experience of readers coming up to them and saying: “Gee, that was fascinating; I didn’t understand it, but I’ve been thinking about it all day.” Readers often inquire about books where they can read further on a subject, or even primary sources.
www.cjr.org /issues/2006/4/cole.asp   (999 words)

 badscience » Don’t dumb me down
I don’t believe that all humanities graduates are stupid nor that they are unqualified to work in science communication but leaving scientific reporting exclusively in their hands has resulted in a failure to report science in an accurate and balanced way.
The science part is contained in the methods (for reproducability and exclusion of interfering factors) and results sections, not the opinions of the people carrying out the research, or their opinions of the data.
As journalism programs across the country systematically review their curriculums and training methods, the evolution “controversy” provides strong evidence in support of the contention that specialization in journalism education can benefit not only public understanding, but also the integrity of the media.
www.badscience.net /?p=172   (8287 words)

 The Scientist : The Scoop on Science Journalism
On the premise that the public gets its images of and information about science from the press rather than from television, Nelkin synthesizes what little is already known and goes on to produce new knowledge and analyses from her own recent investigations.
She has also interviewed public relations officers, scientists and science journalists, and has sat in on press conferences, group discussions and informal sessions in which the relations between science and the media have been discussed.
One of the numerous important general findings is that science information is frequently communicated in connection with dramatic and unusual events, such as nuclear catastrophes, alleged medical "breakthroughs," and heated political disputes such as those over creationism and technological risks.
www.the-scientist.com /article/display/7472   (539 words)

 Emory University Journalism Program
Interdisciplinary classes in science writing, economics and business reporting, arts criticism, international media, and race and ethnic relations are open to students from all disciplines.
Since writing for scientific journals is the equivalent of learning a particular dialect, the emphasis will be on linguistic constructs to write clearly and precisely and on journal formats to meet strict publication requirements.
Writing about science and medicine with accuracy and eloquence is a challenging task that requires both development of specific skills and sensitivity to the popular audience.
www.journalism.emory.edu   (1325 words)

 Journalism at NYU - Science, Health and Environmental Reporting
Current Topics in Science, Health and Environmental Journalism (six credits) introduces students to the world of science journalism by looking at scientific topics that are at the cutting-edge of current research and also have profound implications for the way we live.
Science Literacy and Numeracy (four credits) aims to give students a historical and literary context for science journalism, and will also introduce them to crucial concepts in statistics, probability and data analysis.
Science Writing (four credits) is an advanced class that draws on all the skills students have practiced and polished during the previous year.
www.journalism.nyu.edu /prospectivestudents/coursesofstudy/serp/curriculum.html   (1677 words)

 Winners of the 2006 AAAS Science Journalism Awards
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org).
Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million.
The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2006-11/aaft-wot111306.php   (1058 words)

 Journalism and Communication: Majors and Minors
Science courses should be chosen in consultation with the major adviser.
Available to science, environmental and technical writing students at the junior or senior level, this program provides practical experience in scientific research and science writing for students who work on and write about research projects directed by university scientists and engineers.
Students observe professional science writers in action and write their own stories about the scientific sessions and press conferences held at the meetings.
www.lehigh.edu /journalism/majors.html   (877 words)

 Handman and Senson Receive 2003 Walter Sullivan Award For Excellence in Science Journalism - Features
In order to meet the unique challenges of science reporting, he enrolled in a science course for journalists at M.I.T. Jim now teaches science journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, and has made a commitment to bringing student interns into the CBC for firsthand production experience.
As the senior producer of the world's longest running radio science program, it is particularly gratifying to be recognized by a group of such prominent scientists.
This documentary began as a response to a national commentator who said of climate change, 'the science isn't there yet.' Well, we set out to find out what science was there, and with the help of some researchers along the way we demonstrated just how solid the answers are.
www.agu.org /inside/awards/bios/handman_senson.html   (1361 words)

 Master's Degree Program in Science and Medical Journalism at Boston University
Boston University's Center for Science and Medical Journalism offers an intense curriculum leading to a Master's of Science Degree, in which students develop the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive and rapidly evolving science journalism industry.
Although our emphasis is on writing and reporting — the heart of all insightful and precise communication — students learn a variety of forms, from newspaper and magazine, to television and radio, to the latest Internet-based media.
During the summer between the second and third semesters students participate in a professional internship — a journalism position at a newspaper, magazine, radio or television station.
www.bu.edu /com/jo/science/curriculum.htm   (304 words)

 CJR November/December 2004: Blinded by Science
On the contrary, scientific theories and interpretations survive or perish depending upon whether they’re published in highly competitive journals that practice strict quality control, whether the results upon which they’re based can be replicated by other scientists, and ultimately whether they win over scientific peers.
Schneider’s climate-change Web site also devotes a section to what he calls “Mediarology,” where he notes that in science debates “there are rarely just two polar opposite sides, but rather a spectrum of potential outcomes, oftentimes accompanied by a considerable history of scientific assessment of the relative credibility of these many possibilities.
For instance, on July 7, 2003, The Washington Post published a revisionist op-ed on climate science by James Schlesinger, a former secretary of both energy and defense, and a former director of Central Intelligence.
www.cjr.org /issues/2004/6/mooney-science.asp   (3506 words)

 WHOI : Media Relations : Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The program is a one-week residential experience for professional science writers and editors, print, broadcast and electronic media journalists and other science reporters and editors whose audience is the general public.
Through seminars, lab visits and fieldwork, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows will be introduced to a broad range of current and future research programs in ocean engineering, marine biology, marine chemistry and geochemistry, marine geology and geophysics, and physical oceanography.
The Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship is designed for professional science writers and editors with at least two years preofessional media experience.
www.whoi.edu /home/news/media_jfellowship.html   (310 words)

 Journalism Degree Online | Media, Communication Studies & Journalism Degrees
Get your career in journalism started with a bachelor's or baccalaureate degree, or expand your knowledge and skills in journalism with a graduate degree.
Journalism (mass communication) concerns the processes and principles of how to gather, process, and disseminate information to an audience or audiences through a variety of media, with the purpose of informing.
The journalism track includes news writing and editing for print media, broadcast writing, magazine writing, communication history and theory, communication law, public relations theory and practice, and advertising theory and practice.
www.worldwidelearn.com /social-science/journalism-degree.htm   (287 words)

 Good science journalism- a duty to inform and to educate
Science and environmental reporting are ways of explaining events and deserve a thought as part of any substantial story a journalist writes.
There was a time when the Environment Correspondent and the Science Editor sat in little cubby-holes a floor away from the newsroom, alongside the Business Correspondent and the Obituaries Editor.
The complexities of science and the environment are certainly challenging, and the adage can become an excuse to steer clear.
www.scienceinafrica.co.za /2001/november/writing.htm   (402 words)

 ScienceCareers.org | Science Journalism Degrees -- Do They Make a Difference?: Arnette: 20 May 2005
Program directors, former program participants, and science editors who have worked with their graduates agree that graduate-level training in science writing is a great way to get started in the business.
While most science writing programs teach traditional areas of science writing like newspaper reporting and magazine writing, BU also includes literary journalism, profiles, book reviews, television segments, radio pieces, and even Web-based projects like their latest venture, a student Web magazine called Resonance: New Vibrations in Science, Culture and Technology.
Whether a person completes a science writing program or not, the world of science publishing is open and available to everyone.
sciencecareers.sciencemag.org /career_development/previous_issues/articles/3570/science_journalism_degrees_do_they_make_a_difference   (2235 words)

 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is sponsored by the Minister for Education, Science and Training through the Science Connections Program (SCOPE) of the Department of Education, Science and Training.
These issues include the natural, physical or applied sciences (including agricultural sciences), information technology, technological innovation, design and development, health science issues, issues in science policy as well as work that presents the social and/or economic consequences of science and technology.
The Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is designed to encourage the continuing flow of quality information to the public about developments in science that impact on our lives.
www.amonline.net.au /eureka/science_journalism/index.htm   (836 words)

 AGU Web Site: Science and Society Awards
It is named for David Perlman, Science Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and 1997 winner of the AGU Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism.
AGU is dedicated to the furtherance of science through the individual efforts of its members and in cooperation with other national and international scientific organizations.
The recipient is an individual who has made significant, consistent, and lasting contributions of high quality in science journalism, particularly in the coverage of subjects related to the Earth and space sciences.
www.agu.org /sci_soc/sci_awards.html   (1295 words)

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