Journalism of Science

CJR November/December 2004: Blinded by Science Well, this piece pinpoints a few of the issues in the gap between "journalism" and "science" including incompatibilities of requirements from one end or the other. What's perhaps more interesting, though, is that it remains very close to a rather shallow perspective on the very notion of science which, caricatured, runs something like "Science is the accumulation of knowledge from credentialed Scientists who have published in well-known peer-reviewed journals" as opposed to "science is a method used to understand different phenomena." Carl Sagan and others have very interesting pieces on science and the fringes. More thoughtful and very "current." But they probably wouldn't sell subscriptions to journals or papers...


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