Nature magazine reported in 2008 that when the digital age started to boom in the journal industry and companies were forced to make staff cuts, the scientific journalists were the first to go. While most people enjoy learning about new scientific and journalistic technologies, newspapers and press teams view the scientific news team and journalists as the most expendable. With science news beats and journalists being cut first, new agencies rely on the public relations releases from universities in order to get their scientific stories. Rather having a private person investigate the science and primary publication, these news teams are publishing straight from PR releases. This causes a dilution in scientific information and lackluster reports.
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