Through the looking-glass: how scientists view journalists and science news
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This research aims to better understand the relationship between scientists and journalists from a scientist's point of view, how scientists view science news, and how this view has changed or stayed the same over twenty years. Surveys were sent to scientists to ask their opinions about the role of the media and journalism, their opinions concerning scientist-journalist interactions, and their opinions about the role of scientists. The participants responded with "agree," "disagree," or "I don't know," and were prompted to offer written, long-form explanations as to why they chose their answer. Scientists largely agreed that journalists play an important role in disseminating science news, emphasizing the importance of staying informed and reporting in a matter-of-fact way. This group, all of whom were quoted in The New York Times, trusted journalists and outlets on a case-by-case basis. Lastly, scientists feel that, while it is important to do so, they may not always be the most equipped to discuss their own research with the public. This research allowed an untarnished view through the looking-glass and into scientists' thoughts on the role journalists play in disseminating science news. Although surveyed scientists weigh the pros and cons of journalists' science reporting, there are commonalities on which they all agree: It is critical for both journalists and scientists to accurately and effectively report on research in order to enhance the public understanding of science.