Embargoed Science

Embargoed Science

by Vincent Kiernan
     
 

"Vincent Kiernan's Embargoed Science reveals the true process behind science news: an elite few scholarly journals control press coverage through a mechanism known as an embargo. The journals distribute advance copies of their articles to hundreds and sometimes thousands of journalists around the world, on the condition that journalists agree not to report their… See more details below

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"Vincent Kiernan's Embargoed Science reveals the true process behind science news: an elite few scholarly journals control press coverage through a mechanism known as an embargo. The journals distribute advance copies of their articles to hundreds and sometimes thousands of journalists around the world, on the condition that journalists agree not to report their stories until a common time, several days later. When the embargo lifts, airwaves and newspaper pages are flooded with stories based on the latest issue." In addition to divulging the realities behind this collusive practice, Kiernan offers an unprecedented exploration of the embargo's impact on public knowledge of science and medical issues. He surveys twenty-five daily U.S. newspapers and relates his in-depth interviews with reporters to examine the inner workings of the embargo and how it structures our understanding of news about science. Kiernan ultimately argues that this system fosters "pack journalism" and creates an unhealthy shield against journalistic competition. The result is the uncritical reporting of science and medical news according to the dictates of a few key sources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252030970
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
09/11/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

1An overview of news about science and medicine1
2A brief history of embargoes in science journalism44
3Accuracy in science journalism82
4Costs of the embargo103
5The embargo should go123

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