Journalists' Non-Favourite Topics

My third and final quest tonight is for a quotation with full source

that relates that journalists are not as fond about wrriting about

science (and mathematics) as the reading public are about reading

scientific articles. In other words, the reading public are more

scientifically inclined than are journalists. I read such an article

in the Brisbane (Australia) Courier Mail a few years ago, but I do not

have time to go to their library and search through all the

microfiche.



One thought on “Journalists' Non-Favourite Topics

  1. Hello, Zig.

    I believe I have found the article you need. Here is a quote:

    "…Things you can do: demand that the media cover science. That it be

    taken seriously as a journalistic discipline. Among journalists,

    covering science is seen as career-limiting…In 1997 and 1999, AC

    Nielsen conducted opinion polls on what people would like to read in

    their media. Leading the top 10 things people would like to read was

    medical science, followed by new scientific discoveries. Do you know

    what was at the bottom of both polls, the very bottom of things people

    wanted to read more about? You guessed it: politics and finance.

    People even want to read more about science than they want to read

    about sport, and that's even men. It's not a case that Australians

    aren't interested in science. They just get so little of it. The

    newsrooms of Australia are bulging with political, finance and sports

    reporters, and yet only four daily newspapers in the country have

    science reporters. My advice to you is this: over the next year, each

    of you write a letter to the Courier-Mail asking why science news is

    not taken seriously by the newspaper (because it isn't.)"

    This is an excerpt from an article entitled "Science in an Age of

    Ignorance," written by Wilson da Silva. The complete article is

    availalbe here, pages 8 through 10:

    Australian Science Communicators: The Communicator, December 2000

    http://www.asc.asn.au/publications/pdfs/communicator20.pdf

    The file linked above is in .pdf format. You need to have Adobe

    Acrobat reader software installed on your computer in order to view

    .pdf files. If you do not already have this software, a free download

    is available here:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    If you prefer to read an html copy of the same material, please use

    this link:

    Australian Science Communicators: The Communicator, December 2000

    http://216.239.51.100/search?q=cache:GWi6eBFFbLAC:www.asc.asn.au/publications/pdfs/communicator20.pdf

    My search strategy for locating this information included Google

    searches using various combinations of the keywords "journalists,"

    "writing," "science," "brisbane," and "courier+mail."

    If anything in my answer is not clear, or if any of the links do not

    function, please do not hesitate to ask for clarification.

    Best regards,

    pinkfreud

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