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ERIC Number: ED167996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Perspectives on Science Writing.
Krieghbaum, Hillier
Science journalism in the United States can be traced back to at least 1690 when a newspaper called "Publick Occurrences" included two paragraphs of medical writing in one issue. In 1752, the "Pennsylvania Gazette" carried an account by Benjamin Franklin of his "electric kite" experiment. Since then, inventions and scientific activities have received regular news coverage. There have been times, however, when science writing developed a bad reputation because it was used in sensational and not always honest ways to increase the circulation of newspapers. In spite of this, surveys have shown that public attitudes about the positive effects of science on the world have existed for at least a full generation. The social implications and the politics of science are becoming increasingly important as science journalism plays an essential role in providing background for vital public decisions. Approximately 5% of newspaper space is consistently allocated to items about science; however, except for some "spectaculars," commercial television has contributed little to the continuing discourse between scientist and citizen. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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