(English intro to Spanish lang post) Science journalism in Spain clearly improved in the last 5 years. The change hasn’t been big in the principal newspapers and conventional magazines, but new online platforms have been created, existing ones were reinforced, social networks sharing scientific content are quite successful, and one would say that in general, the reporting of science is more serious, extensive and rigorous. There’re still some problems, like a lack of criticism
There is nothing to stop the Tracker, or your blog, or any of us from growing faster than Upworthy and attracting millions of readers in six months--except our own cleverness.
Getting those readers to pay you is a little more complicated, but not much. If you can attract millions of readers, you can probably attract millions of dollars in advertising.
But it's even easier than that. If you're not prepared to hire and manage a national sales force, you can simply sign on with one of the new
A man who is told that screening could cut his risk of prostate cancer by 20% might say, "Heck yes--I'm in!"
On the other hand, if he's told that his risk will drop from 3% to about 2.4%, he might say something like, "Hey-don't waste my time!"
The distinction between relative risk and absolute risk is a favorite topic at the Tracker, and one that too many reporters still fail to make clear. The prostate cancer example comes from Tabitha M. Powledge's On Science Blogs today. Take a look, at
Summer is supposed to be a season of rejuvenation for academics. While research and service obligations remain, we get a break from teaching. Theoretically, since teaching is the major part of my job, this should mean that my summer schedule is (a) more low key, (b) more relaxing, (c) less time consuming, and (d) less […]
Perhaps the most endearing animal observed on our summer 2014 sojourn through the Arctic was the Svalbard reindeer, a subspecies of reindeer endemic to the archipelago midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. Depleted by hunting over more than six decades, the Svalbard reindeer has been recovering strongly under Norway's conservation measures, and there may now be as many as 10,000 of them on the islands.