Sunday, September 11, 2005

What's wrong with science reporting

The following interesting post was on today.

  • WHAT'S WRONG WITH SCIENCE REPORTING, from The Guardian. Rather a lot, really. "Science is done by scientists, who write it up. Then a press release is written by a non-scientist, who runs it by their non-scientist boss, who then sends it to journalists without a science education who try to convey difficult new ideas to an audience of either lay people, or more likely - since they'll be the ones interested in reading the stuff - people who know their way around a t-test a lot better than any of these intermediaries. Finally, it's edited by a whole team of people who don't understand it."
  • In other words, it's like the rest of the news . . . .

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