Syllabus

CPSP218G Fall Semester: Earth, Life & Time Colloquium

Reporting on Science:


Real Science and the News Media
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.

Scientists need to get information out about their discoveries, but the news media have their own particular requirements (ratings; limited time and space for any given story; waying entertainment values; etc.).

This has lead in some cases to "science by press conference", such as the 1989 "cold fusion" story by Pons and Fleischmann (see Voodoo Science) or the 2009 "Ida" primate fossil case.

Some common problems scientists encounter with the media:

Last modified: 21 August 2009