Issues Magazine

Issues Magazine 87

An overview of what's in this edition of Issues.
How can the average person tell good science from bad, and what role should the rest of the scientific community play in helping us through the maze?
Specialisation of reportage and commentary in mainstream media, exemplified by science, is under serious threat in Australia and overseas.
Science communicators have a responsibility to counter a tsunami of misinformation and facilitate community understanding of important issues like climate change and nuclear safety.
Science can be stalled by public misunderstanding, yet science communication is relatively new in Australia. Tim Thwaites explains why, and how the dearth of science communication is being addressed.
Society today is awash in junk information that is contaminating not only responsible journalism but also the very ability of democracies to make sound decisions in their own best interests.
Scientific, medical, and environmental issues are subject to the same types of linguistic framing that are used in advertising and other persuasive communication.
How do scientists view the media? And how might this shape their interactions with journalists and the nature of news coverage?
Joan Leach and Maureen Burns reflect on Frontiers of Science, a 1960s and 1970s comic strip series they are researching as examples of science mediation in the 20th century.
Most people find out about new health treatments from the media, but how just accurate is this information and how can you tell?
Nancy Longnecker describes Australian university options for budding science communicators.
Many scientists lack the skills or encouragement to speak to the media successfully. Media skills training provides a way for scientists to confidently use the media to talk about their work.
What does the future of science journalism hold? Nicky Phillips traces its transformation, technology and opportunities.
John Cook set out to debunk two climate myths by exploiting the psychology of misinformation.
An independent review of an Australian federal government science communication initiative has found that educational and information materials lacked balance and fairness, and primarily served a marketing or public relations function.
According to research conducted by the Victorian Department of Business and Innovation, as many as 30% of the Victorian population are unengaged when it comes to science.
Kayt Davies looks at the connection between respecting science and good science communication.
Effective science communication efforts have sought to frame discussions in terms of the values the public is applying to the issues, rather than those of scientists.