Title

(When) Is Science Reporting Ethical? The Case for Recognizing Shared Epistemic Responsibility in Science Journalism

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2-2-2017

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Frontiers in Communication

DOI of Published Version

10.3389/fcomm.2017.00003

Total Pages

7

Abstract

Internal mechanisms that uphold the reliability of published scientific results have failed across many sciences, including some that are major sources of science news. Traditional methods for reporting science in the mass media do not effectively compensate for this unreliability. I argue for a new conceptual framework in which science journalists and scientists form a complex knowledge community, with science news as the interdisciplinary product. This approach motivates forms of collaboration and training that can improve the epistemic reliability of science news.

Keywords

OAfund, replication crisis, science journalism, reporting uncertainty, mass media ethics, interdisciplinary collaboration, collaborative knowledge, science communication

Published Article/Book Citation

Front. Commun. 2:3.

https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2017.00003

Rights

Copyright (c) 2017 Figdor

Creative Commons License

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/philosophy_pubs/1