Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

Science journalism not going quietly into the night

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca.

Can you believe that 20 years ago, 150 U.S. newspapers had science sections and that today, fewer than 20 do? That's the thinking behind the launch of a new non-profit news wire service called Futurity, which is backed by a number of top science universities including Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Princeton and Yale.

The site, which is also backed by Montreal's McGill University, is providing science news and information to news and social media sites in an effort to boost the level of coverage out there. Organizers say they're concerned that mainstream news organizations are cutting back their science coverage because of mounting financial woes. "We've been really concerned. Our preference would be to have the level of coverage of science and research that we enjoyed for decades," Lisa Lapin, assistant vice-president for university communications at Stanford, told Mercury News.

While this may be true, and nothing can really replace big mainstream news coverage in spreading awareness of science issues and discoveries, the move does seem to discount the rise of bloggers. There are literally tons of science blogs out there, from the straight up Scienceblog to Bad Astronomy to Not Exactly Rocket Science. Surely these blogs are making up for some of the mainstream shortfall.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

Comments

Shifty Calhoun

Recently covered in greater depth on Radio NZ's latest Mediawatch podcast. Definitely worth a listen to.

Posted September 23, 2009 11:45 AM

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

Trump to visit devastated Puerto Rico, says he wasn't 'preoccupied' with NFL
U.S. President Donald Trump announces he will visit Puerto Rico after his administration came under criticism for its response to the damage on the island that is home to more than three million U.S. citizens.
Palestinian gunman kills 3 Israeli guards at West Bank settlement, Israeli police say video
A Palestinian man with security clearance to work at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank opens fire at a checkpoint, killing two Israeli security guards and a paramilitary policeman, according to Israeli police. He was then shot dead.
Top U.S. general says North Korea military posture unchanged despite rhetoric video
The United States's top military officer said on Tuesday that despite an escalation in rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, he had not seen Pyongyang change its military posture. His comments come after reports that North Korea appeared to have boosted defences on its east coast.
more »

Canada »

Uber threatens to leave Quebec if province insists on stricter rules
Just days after the company warned it may leave the province, Uber has confirmed it would cease operations in Quebec next month if planned stricter rule changes aren't dropped.
Fort McMurray fires cause air pollution spike on other side of continent video
The huge forest fire in Fort McMurray last year caused air pollution levels to spike as far away as the New England states more than four thousand kilometres on the other side of the continent.
Sports drinks and energy drinks unhealthy for kids and teens, Canadian pediatricians say
Most children and teens shouldn't consume sports and energy drinks and the products should no longer be marketed to them, the Canadian Paediatric Society says.
more »

Politics »

Analysis The hitch in Ukraine's peacekeeping bid: Where and how to keep the peace video
A UN peacekeeping force populated with Canadians may, in the estimation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, be the “shortest way” to end fighting in his troubled land, but his determination to exclude Russia could make for a long, uncertain road.
Fort McMurray fires cause air pollution spike on other side of continent video
The huge forest fire in Fort McMurray last year caused air pollution levels to spike as far away as the New England states more than four thousand kilometres on the other side of the continent.
Live Follow the House of Commons question period video
Tuesday's question period starts at 2:15 a.m. ET. Follow along with live streaming video and our live blog from the CBC.ca Politics team.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

Liz Dawn, Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, dead at 77
Liz Dawn, the actress who played tart-tongued Vera Duckworth in the British soap opera Coronation Street for more than 30 years, has died, her family said Tuesday. She was 77.
Video-game voice actors, publishers reach agreement to end strike
Video-game voice actors have agreed to end a nearly yearlong strike against several major gaming publishers.
Rick Mercer will say goodbye to 'best job in the world' after 15th season video
The Rick Mercer Report will launch its 15th and final season Tuesday on CBC-TV. The comedian and host of the program that combines biting political satire with folksy visits across Canada says he is wrapping the show up on his own terms and has no idea what will come next for him.
more »

Technology & Science »

Dyson plans to make electric vehicles by 2020
British vacuum and consumer goods giant Dyson says it plans to release a fully electric vehicle by 2020.
New model confirms endangered right whales are declining
Researchers with the U.S. government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they say will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population — and the news isn't good.
A tech career not just for gamers and AI enthusiasts, industry leaders tell women
Men vastly outnumber women in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And industry leaders say the best way to get more women into tech is to change the conversation around what tech is — and what it's not.
more »

Money »

Bombardier faces prospect of bad news for aerospace, railway businesses
The possible merger of two European railway manufacturers, plus the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision about duties on CSeries planes, could present major setbacks for Canadian company Bombardier.
New Apple stock rebounds after news of possible iPhone X supply cuts video
Apple’s stock has rebounded after taking a hit following reports that it was telling parts suppliers to slow down delivery of iPhone X components.
Dyson plans to make electric vehicles by 2020
British vacuum and consumer goods giant Dyson says it plans to release a fully electric vehicle by 2020.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Georges Laraque calls Penguins' White House visit 'an embarrassment'
Former NHLer Georges Laraque has come out against the Pittsburgh Penguins' decision to visit the White House, as NFL and NBA players continue to battle US President Donald Trump.
Mike Trauner: Invictus Games prove I matter
Mike Trauner served in the Canadian military for nearly 20 years. He lost both legs in Afghanistan and fell into a dark and depressing place. But a challenge to join the Invictus Games by Prince Harry has given Trauner the chance to compete and inspire others with his story.
Analysis Is Canadian athletics really 'fine' after disappointing world championships? video
Despite failing to win a single medal at the recent IAAF world athletics championships in London, Canadian officials don’t see a problem. But were the issues simply injuries an a bad virus or does Athletics Canada have something to worry about?
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »