CJR has the latest, from the Woodrow Wilson Center. Now Peter Dykstra, long at CNN, is writing for an environmental website; and now Seth Borenstein, long at AP, acknowledges that we’re in a science journalism crisis (he was at time past a skeptic of this notion).
Meanwhile I sometimes worry that the science blogosphere–supposedly centrally involved in and concerned with science communication–doesn’t grasp what is happening. Take this post from Jason Rosenhouse–and it’s just one recent example. It’s entitled “The Trouble with Science Journalism,” and critiques something New Scientist put on its cover. Okay, perhaps they sexed things up a little. Glass house, first stone, and all that.
What’s disturbing, though, is to see a meta-discussion of the “trouble” with the practitioners of science journalism without any discussion of the real “trouble”: the economic realities that are killing them off, one by one.
Memo to scientists: If you don’t like science journalists, you’re going to like even less what you get once they’re gone.