Tagged: journalism

The big science stories of 2016 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 14, 2016

Nature’s made herself well known in science this year, with the recent Kaikoura earthquake dominating media attention for the past month.  A plan to make New Zealand predator free and the campylobacter outbreak that sent Havelock North hurtling to the bathroom made science a crucial part of news stories this year. As 2016 draws to a close, the Science Media … Read More

Does it matter that Greenpeace journalists lied in order to expose academics-for-hire? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 17, 2015

Matthew Powers, University of Washington Earlier this fall, Greenpeace announced it was hiring a team of journalists and making investigations a pillar of its advocacy work. Now the public is beginning to see the fruits of that investment, as well as some of the questions that get raised when advocacy groups utilise some of journalism’s more controversial … Read More

Keeping The Conversation going - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 14, 2015

Over the ditch there’s a little madness going on. The need for humans to converse with each other, to engage in conversation, is in a fashion under threat. That’s because the latest government budget announced includes a halt to the funding for the Australian media website initiative The … Read More

What science becomes news? - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 31, 2014

A question almost constantly on the minds of (well, most, I guess) science communicators is: “Is this piece of research newsworthy? Will anyone CARE about it, and read what I write on the subject?” And, as a general rule, the bigger and more important the news outlet, the more crucial that question is. Thankfully, people are looking into that very … Read More

Homeopathy and farming; let’s do better, media - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 09, 2014

Today Stuff published a Fairfax NZ News article titled, Homeopathy key for dairy farming couple. Unsurprisingly this has been spread to other sites, including pro-homeopathy sites. Unlike many (most?) articles at Stuff, no means of commenting on this article are available. Let’s quickly look at key problems in this story. We might use … Read More

You need a common base to measure changes - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 29, 2013

Suppose I developed some new measure of how terrible journalistic reporting on health is. And by my new measure, fully 10% of newspaper articles on Stuff demonstrate a combination of complete innumeracy and absolute credulity. Suppose I then compared it to some prior, entirely different, measure of press innumeracy which listed only 6% of articles as being really bad in … Read More

a spontaneously combustible baby? somehow i don’t think so - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Aug 26, 2013

At one point the husband had quite an interest in something known as ‘spontaneous human combustion’ (SHC) – the claim that humans can, on occasion & often with no apparent ignition agent, burst spontaneously into flame. What’s more, their bodies may sometimes be totally consumed, & yet it appears the fire doesn’t spread to the rest of the room they’re … Read More