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Working with academics: 5 things I've learned

If someone asked me to list the perks of my job, ‘working with academics’ would be one of them. Yet if someone asked me to list the downsides of my …

Can't say we didn't warn you: Study finds popular health news stories overstate the evidence - HealthNewsReview.org

A new study confirms something we here at HealthNewsReview.org have been emphasizing for many years: Health news stories often overstate the evidence …

How to Survive a Media Blitz: an Academic’s Guide

You can’t dictate who will write about you or what they will say, but you can influence both.

What is the Optimal Content Length? – Here’s What the Science Says

What is the optimal content length? How long should your blog posts be? What is the ideal word count for SEO? These are questions many would-be …

How social media helps scientists get the message across

New study suggests good research pushed through social media gets more citations<p>Analyzing the famous academic aphorism "publish or perish" through a …

Social Media

Brian Wansink: Data Masseur, Media Villain, Emblem of a Thornier Problem

Public shaming may offer a sense of catharsis, but it also puts scientists on the defensive, afraid to openly address their own scientific methods.<p>If …

Journalism

Scientists and Journalists Square Off Over Covering Science and ‘Getting it Right’

Some scientists say they should have the right to review stories in which their work or words are covered prior to publication. Journalists …

Journalism

The Struggle to Keep Science Reporting Scientific

Markian Hawryluk, health reporter at the Bend (Ore.) Bulletin, recently posted a sad tweet. “With today’s layoffs at the Oregonian,” he wrote, “I may …

Journalism

Can behavioral science help make stories and reporting more complete?

What can journalists learn from public interest communications?

Journalism

Connecting reporters with experts, Sciline wants to improve the quality of today’s science reporting

If you believe the experts, regularly eating dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure, make you smarter, and help you lose weight. Also, say the experts: Chocolate can contribute to obesity and diabetes and cause acid reflux.<p>Confusion over the health benefits of foods like chocolate, …

Should you send the scientist your draft article?

The Twitter discussion sparked by this poll was very illuminating. There’s a clear sense that scientists largely think they should be entitled to …

Talking Science

UC San Diego’s Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences will launch a Research Communications program designed to address that need. Funded by a …

UC San Diego

Salvia Leads Chemists on a Psychedelic Existential Journey

On August 2, synthetic organic chemist Ryan Shenvi stood before 300 people at the Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds conference and told them …

Existentialism

Animal studies, reported well, include careful framing and clear caveats

Here at HealthNewsReview.org, we’ve been known to be critical of news articles making health care claims that are based on research in animals. For …

Alzheimer's Disease

2017 year-ender: Major themes from a year’s worth of news release reviews

We’re closing in on our 500th news release review since launching this service in April 2015. What have we learned? We’ve learned that overall, …

Conflicts of Interest

The Worst-Reported Science Stories of 2017

It’s really not that hard to write a science news story, I promise. Some new scientific results come out, you talk to a scientist on the phone and …

Of mice and “man flu”

Spreading like a virus on steroids, a BMJ feature article about the “man flu” shows there is now “science” behind the claim that men seem to have …

When to Pay for Scicomm, When to Get Paid for Scicomm, and When to Scicomm for the Love of It

It's Gonna Get a Lot Easier to Break Science Journal Paywalls

Anurag Acharya’s problem was that the Google search bar is very smart, but also kind of dumb. As a Googler working on search 13 years ago, Acharya …

Scientists and Journalists Aren’t on the Same Side, But They’re Often Heading in the Same Direction

<i>What you’re getting into: about 3500 words, a 12-18 minute read</i><p>Scientists often assume that journalists are on their side when it comes to educating …

Accessible science reporting can foster overconfidence in readers

After reading an accessible science news story, participants were more likely to feel they had no need to consult an expert to find out more<i>By</i> Alex …

Psychology

MedPage Today’s ‘dinner table’ stories: Do readers really know what they’re being served?

On November 8, MedPage Today, one of the nation’s most widely read physician news sites, published a scathing critique of insurance industry …

Journalism

From ScienceWriters: Knowable Magazine set to launch

Adding a new voice to the growing offerings of online science journalism, <i>Annual Reviews</i> is launching a digital magazine. <i>Knowable Magazine</i> uses …

Journalism

To Restore Trust, A New PR Compact Is Needed, Richard Edelman Tells National Press Club

Companies need to invest in “collaborative journalism”—using their communications channels to educate the public and engage in real dialogue—if they …

Bell Pottinger

The Value of Slow Journalism in the Age of Instant Information

Paul Salopek had been writing international stories for more than 20 years before he decided to slow down. “I was a conventional foreign …

How to squeeze the most juice out of media coverage

You just scored media coverage. Congratulations!<p>Now what?<p>You’re getting a flurry of attention and traffic, but it won’t last long. Usually, the spike …

Social Media

Going upstream in the scientific process, literally.

On an embargo-driven beat, science reporters aim to build for context

The events that science journalists publish about most frequently are themselves acts of publishing: the appearance of research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Most journals embargo papers before publication, granting reporters access to unpublished work in exchange for an agreement not to report …