Sep 18, 2009 | 7
A publicity-driven research news service made a splash this week, introducing a consortium model for distributing information about discoveries made by dozens of universities while also sparking more hand-wringing about the contraction of science journalism.
The service is called Futurity, and it includes a Web site where research news from some of the nation's top universities, such as Yale, Princeton and the University of California, Berkeley, is aggregated. Futurity also acts somewhat like a news wire service, as it will provide stories to Yahoo News, Google News, MySpace and Twitter, among others, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Yahoo will treat Futurity stories as news, (though many journalists and news outlets would not) and include its content with other news items from more traditional sources, such as the Associated Press and The New York Times, the Mercury News reported.
Once submitted by university staff, Futurity stories will be edited again for newsworthiness and to make them appeal to lay readers, Bill Murphy, one of the project's cofounders and vice president for communications at the University of Rochester, told the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR).
Dec 31, 2008 | 8
Health journalists are getting scolded by one of their own. Susan Dentzer, a correspondent for PBS's the NewsHour, argues in a commentary in today's New England Journal of Medicine that medical reporters too often get the facts wrong, fail to provide context about new research, and hype treatments that don’t deserve the coverage.
Most to blame: the new 24/7 news cycle that's put journos under pressure to produce reams of copy under tight deadlines. She says some manage to get it right despite the time constraint and attempts to make the news easy enough for lay viewers and readers to understand. "But all too frequently, what is conveyed about health by many other journalists is wrong or misleading," Dentzer says in the piece. "When journalists ignore complexities or fail to provide context, the public health messages they convey are inevitably inadequate or distorted."
Jul 21, 2008 | 1
Should journalists be hanging out on Facebook? I only joined about two months ago, after some prodding from other reporter friends. My answer, though, is an emphatic yes, because I got a story within about 20 minutes of signing up.
Here’s what happened: A bioethicist who was a columnist at a magazine I was deputy editor of before coming here had sent me an invitation before I joined. So I confirmed that invitation once I signed up. Then I noticed a bunch of things about his profile page: A curious status line about having the worst month ever. A job that seemed to end abruptly. Lots of references to lawyers.
So I assigned reporters to check it out. Turned out there was a lot more. Facebook was just the tip of the iceberg. See our coverage here, here, and here.
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