- Lisa Green
Today is the opening day of the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2009) in London England. Nature, a publication that has been promoting scientific journalism for over 100 years, has produced a special edition on science journalism to accompany WCSJ2009.
The conference is sure to include a significant amount of reflection on how the profession has changed and speculation on what the future holds for scientific journalism. Nature’s special feature also addresses these issues.
Boyce Rensberger discusses the history of scientific journalism in his wonderful piece Science journalism: Too close for comfort. Rensberger portrays the role of early 20th century science journalists as passive translators of jargon who would never dream of questioning the word of a scientist.