The Challenges of Communicating Science: A Journalist's Perspective

"Although the trend is changing, science reporting is not a daily routine in most media houses worldwide. Science reporting - unlike sports, politics, business, arts and culture – is generally placed on the fringes of mainstream journalism. Close analysis shows that there are various deep-rooted factors that tend to keep science at the bottom of newsgathering, packing and dissemination. It begins with journalism schools that traditionally avoided admitting students with science backgrounds or strong interest in science reporting, preferring those excelling in literature, languages, history and others. The courses offered hardly mentioned the coverage of science. Today, the few journalism schools that design courses on science journalism are considered “special or unique.” This means that the coverage of science is yet to be integrated into the core or the basics of overall journalism training."