Science and Journalism Fail to Connect

Fagin, Dan
December 2005
Nieman Reports;Winter2005, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p59
The article addresses the gap between mass-market journalism and mainstream science. Most news audiences never hear about the work of contemporary science, such as the testing, honing, and retesting of hypothesis. Therefore, it is not surprising that 46 percent of adults in the U..S does not know that it takes a year for the earth to orbit the sun. The market forces prompting journalism away from science are too strong to be ignored. Thus, it is important to teach scientific reasoning to journalists. Furthermore, graduate or undergraduate journalism programs must provide more science-related courses.


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