Before a story appears in Science News, it goes through several stages: fact-checking, planning, and review. The science reporter writes a first draft of the feature article. Editorial staff evaluates the story and plans images to accompany it. The news department also evaluates multimedia. The news team edits in-depth infographics and videos, and decides which media to use to illustrate the story. A longer feature article may require multiple revisions.
Fact-checking process for science news stories
The fact-checking process for science news stories has many moving parts. First, the fact-checker reads the article and checks all facts against sources. They may need to contact experts, contact individuals mentioned in the story, or find new sources to support certain claims. If the source is not cited correctly, the fact-checker may be fired. The editor will also review the proposed changes. Some changes may require the fact-checker to find a more accurate word or jargon, while others may simply be read verbatim.
Popularity of science news among political parties
A recent NPR-Ipsos poll shows that people’s favorite sources of news are correlated with their attitudes about immigration. That may explain some of the differences in public opinion. Science news, on the other hand, tends to have more emotional appeal. People tend to share this feeling with others. Hence, the popularity of science news may influence the political beliefs of political parties. But the question remains – are they really biased?
Sources of science news
The types of news reported about science and the scientific process are diverse. They come from a variety of sources, including scientific journals, government agencies, and research reports. Some stories are written by scientists themselves, while others are written by journalists with no science background. Science news in newspapers is often spread through press releases and scientific journals. Science news in newspapers is categorized into several categories, including technical, social, and political. Here are a few of the major genres of news in newspapers:
Impact of social media on science news
A recent study by the Pew Research Center reveals that a large portion of the U.S. social media population sees posts related to science. Of these, 44% say they regularly encounter science-related content on their favorite social network. In addition, 26% follow science-related pages. These results suggest that a larger percentage of social media users use Facebook than other social networks. Regardless of the number of users on a given social network, there’s a high chance that the science-related posts they see on their feeds could be influencing the scientific community’s public understanding of science.
Impact of citizen science on science news
Many studies have examined the impact of citizen science on the scientific community, including in the field of forensics. The projects in which scientists enlist the public’s participation are called citizen science, and they often benefit society in many ways. The participation of laypeople helps scientists educate nonscientists on complex scientific topics and shows the potential benefits of science, as well as broaden the scope of research projects. However, many citizen science projects fail to capture the diversity of perspectives on a topic.