Science Reporting - RIP
....The Daily Telegraph's science correspondent, Nic Fleming, is believed to be in negotations over plans to make his role redundant and, should he go, there do not seem to be plans to replace him. The Telegraph declined to comment on his possible departure. The situation has reinforced the view that the media fail to recognise science's popularity with, or relevance to, the public. Reporting is either dumbed down, sensationalised, or spiked by executives with humanities degrees and an inability to distinguish one end of a hybrid embryo from another.
While science journalists proudly trace their origins back to JG Crowther in the 1920s, doomsayers fear their field is being slowly invaded by technology correspondents (who first appeared in 1985), encroached on by health correspondents and made to seem marginal by the more recent obsession with the environment. "All science hacks are left with is the throwaway crap like 'Dinosaurs may have died of Aids' - which could be taken straight off the wires by a kid on work experience," says one former broadsheet science correspondent....
Quite, when did you last read anything worthwhile in the dead tree media about science? Thank goodness for the blogs.