More Changes Coming for Science Communicators

Two recent posts from the National Association of Science Writers caught my eye:

1. Editors Fighting to Maintain Control over ‘Unfettered tweeting journalists’!

NPR and other organizations are warning journalists that their retweets will be seen as endorsements. [Jack Shafer says]( the real issue is control: “The advent of a new communications technology like Twitter plays hell with the editorial guidelines at news organizations because it gives independent megaphones to reporters who ordinarily couldn’t be heard unless editors stamped their approval on their copy and sent it to the wire, the printer, or pushed it over the air.”

2. Science Writers must be Better than Robots!

the Associated Press will [start using computers]( to generate routine business stories, and [Mathew Ingram thinks that’s a good thing]( for both journalism and journalists: “By widening the pool of available reporters to include both amateurs and robots, we increase the amount of potential journalism being done,” Ingram writes on GigaOM. “All it means is that as a professional journalist, you now have to make sure that you are better than a robot.”

About Michael McBurney

Personal Blog | Nutrition scientist with broad interests, including social media and the impact of open access journals on science publishing | Self-employed freelancer
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