I frequently read about the latest medical and scientific “breakthroughs” in the mainstream media, and in modern media such as sciencedaily.com. One commonality is lack of citations. If I’m lucky, they may cite the source journal or meeting. If I’m really, really lucky, they may even give a general date (e.g., “JAMA in June”). But I never see an actual citation. That would be one simple way to improve science journalism. A standard citation would give readers the tools to evaluate the primary source. In science, we consider that pretty important.