The perils of Science by press release: ‘overly exaggerated presentation of research findings’

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From the London School of Economics and Political Science: The growth of the science PR industry has resulted in an overly exaggerated presentation of research findings.
Science journalism is not immune to the budget crisis facing newsrooms more widely. With smaller staffs and tighter budgets, more science reporting is being done through press releases, many of which tend to exaggerate original research. Alasdair Taylor highlights some current research on the communication of research findings. Even in the BBC up to 75% of science stories were sourced directly from press releases. But blogging also opens up the potential for the democratisation of science through online debates. Can scientists themselves offer the needed reflection on their research that an investigative journalist might do?

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