Friday, November 20, 2009

Reporting is science

From scientificblogging
...there are three forms of news communication: Reporting; journalism and opinion.
Reporting is stenography -- "here's what happened, here's what was said."

Journalism is interpretation -- "here's what happened, here's what was said, here's what it probably means."

Opinion is verdict -- "here's what I think happened, here's what I think was meant by what was said, here's what I believe it to me."

Print news must learn to teach its customers the differences between these phases.
And what, some of you are wondering, does any of this have to do with science?

Reporting is science: the careful observation and recording of the event.
Journalism is hypothesis.
Opinion is entertainment.

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