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Science journalism: Too close for comfort

Nature volume 459, pages 10551056 (25 June 2009) | Download Citation


In the second of three essays, Boyce Rensberger tracks the progression of scientific correspondents from cheerleaders to watchdogs.

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  1. Boyce Rensberger was director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge from 1998 to 2008, and a science reporter for 32 years, chiefly at The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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