To praise, not to bury

Thanks to Linheraptor, Xixianykus and the feeding traces,I think I have been dealing directly more with the media in the last three weeks than the preceding three years. While it could be considered true that on occasion I might be less than impressed with the media coverage of science (and with good reason), I have also encountered a new raft of writers who have gone to the trouble of actually fact checking, asking for information, reading papers, communicating things accurately, not turning ‘maybes’ into ‘dids’ and more.

Of course, not everything written makes it into print and I’m aware of several stories that never made it. As such, some of the better things done by better people are not out there and I can’t link to them. This is especially ironic given that in a number of cases this appears to be becuase the editor didn’t think the story was good enough, despite the fact that dozens of other news outlets ran the story, typically by cribbing it from someone else and making it less accurate. Thanks.

Even so, some did make it and here are a few of them. Here. Here. And here.

1 Response to “To praise, not to bury”


  1. 1 qilong 03/04/2010 at 2:52 pm

    Dave,

    I think this a great piece to put out, not that because the examples you give are great to hear (they are!) but that you acknowledge they have done so.

    This also reiterates what I’ve said in other places (such as the DML): It is imperative for scientists to self-popularize their own work, allowing professional perspectives for papers not any lay man can read, so that mistakes on how their works (or words) are treated down the road.

    It is great to see science being given returns by layfolk this way!


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