Science Gets Spun or Spoon-Fed?

By Keith Kloor
Discover Magazine | July 10, 2013

Depending on whom you ask, Fiona Fox is either saving science journalism or destroying it.

That’s the lead in a Nature story on the person who heads up Britain’s Science Media center, which believes that scientists can have a huge impact on the way the media cover scientific issues, by engaging more quickly and more effectively with the stories that are influencing public debate and attitudes to science.

In theory, this seems like a no-brainer. But as the Nature story points out, the Science Media Center has attracted some vehement critics, who say that they foster uncritical media coverage by spoon-feeding information to reporters, that they promote science too aggressively — the SMC has been called ‘science’s PR agency’ — and that they sometimes advance the views of industry.

Click here to read the full article, Science Gets Spun or Spoon-Fed?, on the Discover Magazine website.

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