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

“There’s so much pressure right now that it’s very tempting, more than ever, to just go with something…Often, it’s only your conscience and sense of journalistic responsibility that prevents you from hitting publish.”<p>If you believe the experts, regularly eating dark chocolate can help lower your …

Journalism

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 …

For communications pros: Do you know why you *don't* do it?

The people to whom communications directors report, or the internal and external clients they serve, tend to want things. Lots of things. Comms …

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 …

Education

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Social Sciences

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 …