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Science Journalism

To mark the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists from 30 June-2 July 2009 in London, Nature is shining a spotlight on the profession in changing times. Science journalism faces an uncertain future. But to what extent should scientists help — or care?


  • Filling the void

    As science journalism declines, scientists must rise up and reach out.

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  • Breaking the convention?

    Blogs and Twitter are opening up meetings to those not actually there. Does that mean too much access to science in the raw, asks Geoff Brumfiel.

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  • Supplanting the old media?

    Science journalism is in decline; science blogging is growing fast. But can the one replace the other, asks Geoff Brumfiel.

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  • Toppling the priesthood

    In the first of three essays, Toby Murcott argues that the process of science needs to be opened up if journalists are to provide proper critique.

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  • Too close for comfort

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

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  • The Arab boom

    As research increases in Arab countries, the media is stepping up to report on it. In the third of three essays, Nadia El-Awady says the local journalism has much room for improvement.

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  • Science journalism: From the newsroom

    The Washington Post's national environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin and its executive editor Marcus Brauchli discuss the future of science coverage in their newspaper.

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