September 29, 2010

How to write a science newspaper story

Free media as in free beerThis is a news website article about a scientific finding by Martin Robbins is a great sendup of the typical online article about a scientific finding.

I especially liked him bringing up one of my pet annoyances:

In this paragraph I will state in which journal the research will be published. I won't provide a link because either a) the concept of adding links to web pages is alien to the editors, b) I can't be bothered, or c) the journal inexplicably set the embargo on the press release to expire before the paper was actually published.

In the case of biotechnology or medicine, the article would traditionally end with a bioethicist saying with gravitas that this research raises important ethical issues. And if I were referenced somewhere I would most likely say people have a right to enhance whatever it is we are talking about.

Posted by Anders3 at September 29, 2010 01:57 PM