Science and News: A Marriage of Convenience
Science doesn’t fit comfortably into the news format. News is about things that are happening today, things that are or will change people’s lives, things that involve life or death. Science is incremental, occurs over long sweeps of time, and in many cases can be safely ignored. True “breakthroughs” are few and far between, and yet in the procrustean bed of the news media, everything sounds like a breakthrough. Joe Palca will talk about this awkward marriage and propose an alternative model for presenting science in the news media.
Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, Joe’s Big Idea. Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors.