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12 March 2012
A Cardiff scientist will take part in a public debate at the Royal Institution in London about the reporting of science in the media.
Dr Chris Chambers of the University’s School of Psychology will be joined by Dr Ananyo Bhattacharya, chief online editor of Nature; Dr Alice Bell of University College London; and Alok Jha, science correspondent at the Guardian for the event today (Tuesday 13 March 2012). Also taking part are Dr Petroc Sumner, Dr Fred Boy and Professor Jacky Boivin from the School.
The debate will explore ways of improving the quality of British science reporting, covering topics such as ‘how can scientists and journalists better-understand the motivations and pressures of the other?’ and ‘what can scientists do to improve the standard of science journalism?’
Speaking about the event, Dr Chambers said: "We’re delighted and honoured to be taking part in this public forum. With the Leveson Inquiry in progress, we have a unique opportunity to propose ways that scientists and journalists can coordinate their efforts to boost the quality of British science news."
Dr Chambers is part of a new research group at the University which brings together researchers from the School of Psychology and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies to help improve science reports in the press and the public understanding of science and scientists.
"InSciOut will tackle a number important research questions, but our first project will explore the accuracy of press releases across the Russell Group of universities," added Dr Chambers.
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