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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Scientist

Approximately one gazillion years ago, I wrote a piece including tips from reporters about how to prepare for interviews with scientists. While that post is useful, several people have recently asked me for more specific guidance on how to interview researchers. Specifically, they wanted to know not only how to prepare, but what sorts of questions to ask. Continue reading “Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Scientist”

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Why Reporters Don’t Let Scientists Review Their Stories

Many scientists don’t understand why reporters won’t let scientists review draft versions of news stories before the stories are published. Some scientists think this is unfair and leads to inaccuracies in news stories about scientific research – but there are reasons that news outlets discourage this sort of pre-publication review. Let’s dig in to that a little bit. Continue reading “Why Reporters Don’t Let Scientists Review Their Stories”

Scared, But Resolute: Thoughts on the First Few Days of a Trump White House

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Photo credit: Howard Ignatius. Shared under a Creative Commons license. Click for more information.

I grew up during the Cold War. My memories of childhood include a constant anxiety that ran just beneath the surface; the fear that, at any minute, someone would push a button that unleashed nuclear war. Continue reading “Scared, But Resolute: Thoughts on the First Few Days of a Trump White House”

If You Love Democracy, Buy a Newspaper

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Photo credit: H2Woah! Shared under a Creative Commons license. Click for more info.

A photograph taken at a Trump rally has been making the rounds on social media recently. It shows a man wearing a t-shirt that reads: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.” It is a direct reference to lynching, and it should piss you off. Continue reading “If You Love Democracy, Buy a Newspaper”

An Attempt to Outline What Constitutes ‘Valuable Journalism’

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Journalism is essential to having an informed public, and therefore to having healthy, representative government. But the news that people actually read, watch or listen to is often focused on entertainment, sports, or funny cat videos. So, what constitutes “valuable” journalism? Is it what people want? Or is it what people “need”? Continue reading “An Attempt to Outline What Constitutes ‘Valuable Journalism’”

Why a TV Producer Created a Database for Finding Subject-Matter Experts

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Editor’s Note: This is guest post by Stavros Rougas, a co-founder of Expertise Finder and a former producer at the Toronto-based current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin. I recently heard of Expertise Finder and wanted to learn more about it. I figured that the fastest way to learn about it was to get the founder to explain it to me. To be clear, I’m not endorsing Expertise Finder, and have not been compensated in any way for running this guest post. I just thought it was interesting, and thought some of you might find it interesting as well. Continue reading “Why a TV Producer Created a Database for Finding Subject-Matter Experts”