It’s not statistical evidence linking global warming to this spring’s tornado outbreak, or the revival of social Darwinist ideas in Tea Party rhetoric, according to John Horgan. “What science journalists usually talk about when they get together is the sorry state of science journalism (including health and technology),” he says. “We gossip about the perilous status of this publication or that writer and whine about how we’re undervalued by U.S. culture, which prefers sordid celebrity scandals to AI and black holes.” THE GOOD NEWS:
Every spring I get a mood boost when I serve as a judge for science writing awards given to students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, which gave me a degree in 1983. …
Pardon my hokeyness, but reading the work of the J-school grads fills me with hope. If these talented young folks want to be science journalists, they will surely find audiences and make a living, one way or another, and the profession will not only survive but thrive.