The question of how science engages publics is becoming important everywhere in the world. With the spread of mobile and Internet technology, the growing food crisis, the threat of global warming, the expansion of medical research sites, the development of genetically modified crops, and the challenges of particular diseases and health care. As one way of making the widespread implementation of innovations possible, new information technologies are reshaping the nature of knowledge mobilization, hence public engagement with science and the engagement of publics by science, is becoming increasingly important. The dissemination of knowledge demands special skills and keen interest in science and related topics, therefore the role of science journalists, trained and skilled becomes very important. At the journalism schools and news organizations, the development of new “modern science and technology” beat should be encouraged. This will fill in the gap between the technical backgrounders preferred by the science writers and the conflict emphasis of political reporters; it will provide important background for debates on science policy. A trained science journalist can assist in raising awareness of the role of science in society.

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Need of comprehensive approach to trained science journalist

Dushyant Rai  

The question of how science engages publics is becoming important everywhere in the world. With the spread of mobile and Internet technology, the growing food crisis, the threat of global warming, the expansion of medical research sites, the development of genetically modified crops, and the challenges of particular diseases and health care. As one way of making the widespread implementation of innovations possible, new information technologies are reshaping the nature of knowledge mobilization, hence public engagement with science and the engagement of publics by science, is becoming increasingly important. The dissemination of knowledge demands special skills and keen interest in science and related topics, therefore the role of science journalists, trained and skilled becomes very important. At the journalism schools and news organizations, the development of new “modern science and technology” beat should be encouraged. This will fill in the gap between the technical backgrounders preferred by the science writers and the conflict emphasis of political reporters; it will provide important background for debates on science policy. A trained science journalist can assist in raising awareness of the role of science in society.

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