Scientific Journalists are getting cut first

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.

Lublinski, J. (2011). STRUCTURING THE SCIENCE BEAT. Journalism Practice, 5(3), 303-318. doi:10.1080/17512786.2010.530984

Lynch, J., Bennett, D., Luntz, A., Toy, C., & VanBenschoten, E. (2014). Bridging Science and Journalism: Identifying the Role of Public Relations in the Construction and Circulation of Stem Cell Research Among Laypeople. Science Communication, 36(4), 479-501. doi:10.1177/1075547014533661

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2 thoughts on “Scientific Journalists are getting cut first

  1. chadprom February 15, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    I am not a science major but I have always enjoyed my science courses and like to read on different scientific topics in my free time. At the moment, I am not even sure where the most credible place to find up to date and accurate scientific information would be. It is disappointing to learn that scientific journalists are considered the most “expendable.” Unfortunately, I suppose that science journals are viewed as less urgent or relevant in the public eye.

    I do follow a few science related channels on twitter, but what other publication mediums exist in this field?

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    • rebekahjoy94 February 19, 2015 / 5:01 am

      I, personally am not on twitter, but there are some popular science facebook pages that post relevant, interesting information. In addition, blogs exist on the internet for these purposes to reach out toward a more general audience; some of these can be found on the National Geographic and Scientific American websites.

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