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The Big Oil-backed climate denier who hoodwinked Fairfax

Expert reviewer” John McLean wrote a climate denialist opinion piece in the Fairfax media — despite its papers vowing not to. Researcher Elaine McKewon asks: just who is John McLean, anyway?

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Debating science, and journalism

Crikey readers (and a Crikey) author talk science journalism and the big four banks.

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Media and a scientific leap of faith: a Catalyst for thought

It’s hard to know what to believe in the reporting of science. As the Catalyst controversy shows, both sides need to do a better job, writes biologist and science communicator Upulie Divisekera.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Former Oz health reporter on demise of science journalism

Leigh Dayton took a redundancy from The Australian’s science beat last year, the latest in a long list of science journalists to leave worldwide. But as she explains, the need for science journalism is more crucial than ever.

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Why science doesn’t belong to everyone (yet)

Publications are the key to science — but it’s an expensive exercise. And it puts a price on research that the public can’t afford to pay, argue science writers Upulie Divisekera and Adam G Dunn.

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Putting science journalism under the microscope

Science journalism is in a rough state in Australia: there is rampant miscommunication and stories are “dumbed down” or overblown, writes researcher Timothy Moss.

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You don’t have to understand the Higgs boson to love it

Science educators don’t mind if you understand the God particle — they’re just delighted that you’re reading about science.

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The Guardian | JOURNALISM|

Scientists need to back off and let journos do their job

Scientists often complain about the bad rap they get in the media. But there’s good reasons that journalists report science stories in the way they do. Ananyo Bhattacharya from Nature magazine outlines nine of them.

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Discover | JOURNALISM|

Should science journalists pick science?

It’s a nice concept that journalists are objective and neutral. But journalism need to report the truth and provide the additional analysis and context that readers don’t always have in scientific debates, argues science journo Ed Yong.

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Discover | JOURNALISM|

“This is cool” vs. “smells funny” science stories

Are “news you can use” science stories the best way to engage the masses on otherwise nerdy topics? Or just cheap populism at the expense of “serious” science journalism? A defense of popular science.

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Research physicist despairs: on climate change, and beyond, the media fails science

The most important science story in the media right now is climate change, says quantum physicist Ben Buchler — yet the black and white eyes of the media seem totally incapable of reporting this issue with the nuance that is required.

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Telegraph (UK) | ENVIRONMENT|

The BBC questions global warming

The BBC’s Climate correspondent, Paul Hudson, has penned a controversial piece suggesting global warming stopped in 1998, and airing the views of climate sceptics. It’s a big u-turn on the Beeb’s usual line, and the fallout could get heavy.

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Mercury News | JOURNALISM|

Fed-up unis take science reporting into their own hands

Sick of the mainstream media’s mediocre reporting on science and medicine, 35 US universities have partnered to create the non-profit wire service Futurity to distribute articles about their research and discoveries.

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