In light of the recent AFP raids on Australian journalists, this article by journalism academic Glynn Greensmith in WA Today is a timely read to remind us about what journalism, why we need it, and why we should care about these raids. "Journalism is the gatekeeper of democracy. We’ve been directly or indirectly told this … Continue reading What is journalism? And why should we care?
Fairfax newspapers The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have published their guidelines for reporting on medical research, which includes a focus on human trials published in reputable, peer-reviewed journals. Other principles include examining conflicts of interest disclosures, seeking independent comment, and avoiding terms such as 'safe', 'guaranteed' or 'miraculous'. The full guidelines can be … Continue reading Fairfax releases guidelines on reporting medical research
The Open Notebook has waded into a debate that has been going on since the early days of modern science journalism: do you need a science degree to be a science journalist? This great piece by journalist Aneri Pattani tackles the question nicely, by outlining the advantages - and disadvantages - that a science degree … Continue reading Do you need a science degree to be a science journalist?
Science writers aren't stenographers; an important part of their job in reporting science is also to scrutinise it. To advance that, US science journalist Liza Gross has published The Science Writing Investigative Reporting Handbook: A Beginner's Guide To Investigations, aided by a grant from the National Association of Science Writers. I haven't got to reading … Continue reading New book on investigative science writing
It's an ongoing source of tension between scientists and the science journalists reporting on them: many scientists believe they have the right to review any reporting of their work, while many science journalists and science outlets argue they don't. In this piece in Undark magazine, reporter Dana Smith looks into the issue, interviewing both scientists … Continue reading Do scientists have the right to review stories about their work?