Zeitungssterben und Konzentration in der Schweizer Medienlandschaft treffen eine Sparte besonders hart: den Wissenschafts-Journalismus. Was dagegen tun? Wie könnten neue Fördermodelle aussehen? Darüber diskutierten Journalisten und Wissenschaftler an einer Konferenz in Bern.
Research and technology are advancing at incredible speeds, with one paper citing that scientific research citations increase at around ten percent per year, and Moore’s Law doubling the number of transistors, and thus computing power, every 18 months. It is a regular occurrence for major breakthroughs and discoveries to be reported. Nonetheless, there is a dark side to the coverage of these events in the less-than-reputable or exaggerated reports that often come out. In more extreme forms, it can simply be considered clickbait, which are titles that make online readers click on the news page despite the fact that the coverage is all flash and no substance.
Heart disease is the most common killer of men in the United States, and high blood pressure is one of the greatest risk factors for heart disease. Despite knowing this for some time, we have had a hard time getting patients to comply with recommendations and medications. A recent study shows that the means of communication may be as important as the message itself, maybe even more so.
Maybe were sipping your morning coffee a few weeks ago when you read that a California judge essentially ruled that coffee causes cancer. To be precise, Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle, argued that roasters and manufacturers failed to prove that that there is no substantial risk to drinking coffee, or that the benefits of drinking the beverage outweigh the risks posed by acrylamide, a substance created naturally during the brewing process. By the standards of California’s decades-old Proposition 65 law, Berle affirmed in his final ruling last week, all coffee sold in California must come with a warning label stating: WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Die Wissenschaftsforschung zeigt, dass systematische Fehlanreize dazu führen, dass möglichst auffällige Ergebnisse publiziert werden. Dies oft auf Kosten wissenschaftlicher Sorgfalt, Ergebnisoffenheit und Redlichkeit.
It’s official: bylines in popular media aren’t just for journalists anymore. Health researchers are increasingly penning articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other publications.