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That is the way to do Science Reporting April 10, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in politics, science.

I’m here at CERN and everyone has been talking about the funding mess over in the UK. I was forwarded this BBC article. Reading, besides shaking my head at the mess, I was very impressed at the level of reporting. I don’t think any of the major newspapers or news programs in the USA do nearly as good a job. For example:

When news of likely cuts to certain programmes was announced earlier this year, the STFC process was branded as short-sighted and unsustainable by some.

This is because there is a perception that high-profile projects have been saved, while lower profile areas of basic research, which feed into and support these very same applied programmes, have been axed.

Ok. Ignore the spelling (not that I would be one to complain!). Very clear description of what the main point of friction is. In other places they assume the reader knows a bit about the science being discussed – which results in an article that is fairly high level rather than getting bogged down in defining every word that is used.

If you want to know more, here is another article. By a science reporter with my same last name, no less!



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