Topic: Science

Science and Journalism Fail to Connect
‘How can we expect Americans to know anything beyond what they happen to remember from science class? Journalists certainly don’t tell them.’
By Dan Fagin
Courtroom Testimony Offers an Excellent Road Map for Reporters
‘… the usual “he said, she said” quotes I read in press accounts have little or nothing to do with the actual issues raised by the Pennsylvania case.’
By Paul R. Gross
In Kansas, the Debate About Science Evolves
One veteran reporter describes the complexities involved in telling this story as like entering ‘The Land of Muck.’
By Diane Carroll
When the Conflict Narrative Doesn’t Fit
‘Conflict does attract readers. But pursued as a virtue unto itself, it can distort news stories and skew public understanding.’
By Diane Winston
Knowing Uncertainty for What It Is
In reporting on the science of global warming, journalists contend with powerful, well-funded forces using strategies created by tobacco companies.
By David Michaels
The Disconnect of News Reporting From Scientific Evidence
Balanced coverage results in a ‘misleading scenario that there is a raging debate among climate-change scientists regarding humanity’s role in climate change.’
By Max Boykoff
Diving Into Data to Tell Untold Medical Stories
‘The U.S. press seemed to accept as established truth that cholesterol lowering is vital and that statins are the closest thing to wonder drugs. I’m not any smarter than my colleagues, I worried. Maybe I’m just wrong.’
By John Carey
Investigative Reporting on Medical Science: What Does It Take to Break Through the Commercial Spin?
‘… it is almost impossible to get the story right when the fundamentally commercial goals for which the study has been done are covered up with so much industry-sponsored expertise.’
By John Abramson