This semester’s first blog issue has an interesting article on scientific blogging. Geoff Brumfiel asks whether science blogging will replace a declining scientific journalism. Most research science papers or just communicating science to the public were done through written papers. However, to this age and time, this journalism practice has slowly taking a different phase. It has diverted to more techno-type.: just to mention blogging, wikis, web stories and other online articles writing and reading.
It was pointed that communicatin science to the public has reached a standpoint from a paper age to a golden age, blog. Many are now diverting to provide content of blogs, web stories and podcasts – something that science journalists weren’t doing five years ago. While the whole article was interesting read through, what captured my attention the most were the following facts described about the shift :
- Fast and dirty – The conditions the main stream media’s need for quick and accurate science content and demands for short time before publishing sees pressure. At the same time the demand for stories and ideas has been matched by an increase in supply. So I thought science journalists should be picking up the phone and talking to scienctists directly. But it is not, infact its more than that. To communicate science, online research and collaborative discussions takes place and even through blogging.
- Straight to the masses – Science journalists and scientists themselves tend to reach out to mass audiences through the internet. This is to say that journalists are expanding their mainstream work into their blogs, bloggers with roots in the lab are moving into print. However, there will always be a need for professional journalists covering science.
- Culture mash – This point stages the culture of a journalist and a scientist. Both profession had to recognize each others needs, they are kind of fusing the two cultures.
Therefore, with these points in mind, in my opinion I think that writing about science or communicating science as far as the public knowledge is concerned, is changing phase. It is shifting to more online oriented, as this blogging is concerned. What do you think this shift would take the world of communicating science to? Is it taking us as science communicators to a compatible age? Or should we refrain and rely totally on our professional jounalists with qualified reporting skills to continue with their profession?