Conventional wisdom about the antagonism between reporter and source does not always hold in science journalism, according to empirical evidence. On the contrary a high degree of cooperation is needed, as predictable according to H. Paul Grice’s Cooperative Principle (CP). This has ethical and practical consequences, both for journalists and scientists, not explicit up to now in this perspective. They will be exemplified on the basis of the Crotoxina Case, a decade long scientific fraud case still developing in Argentina. The usefulness of Grice’s CP to better understanding and improving the communication between scientists, journalists and the public will be argued.

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Please explain, doctor:Grice’s cooperative principle (CP) and the control of information in science reporting

Martin F. Yriart   RBA Revistas, Spain

Conventional wisdom about the antagonism between reporter and source does not always hold in science journalism, according to empirical evidence. On the contrary a high degree of cooperation is needed, as predictable according to H. Paul Grice’s Cooperative Principle (CP). This has ethical and practical consequences, both for journalists and scientists, not explicit up to now in this perspective. They will be exemplified on the basis of the Crotoxina Case, a decade long scientific fraud case still developing in Argentina. The usefulness of Grice’s CP to better understanding and improving the communication between scientists, journalists and the public will be argued.

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