Why Science is the Hardest/Best Beat in Journalism and the Scientific Method

April 20, 2009 - 9:00am

Boyce Rensberger

A wide-ranging talk covering: what science makes news; why traditional journalistic balance can mislead the public; the clash between science’s uncertainty and the public’s misunderstanding of science; how to deal with science fact and scientific opinion; and other issues facing journalists who cover the realm of human endeavor with the greatest impact on humanity.

The Scientific Method: Proof, truth and evidence are essential to the methods of both scientists and journalists, but these words can have very different meanings. Boyce Rensberger discusses the differences between evidence and proof in science and in journalism. He will also talk about why a solid understanding of the scientific method is key for responsible and accurate science reporting.