Science journalism needs to more closely examine who is producing studies and their potential conflicts of interest

Science journalism spends a lot of time covering new studies and how new research affects people’s lives. But Brooke Borel says it needs to be spending more time examining who is producing these studies and their possible conflicts of interest, because their perspective and intentions influence their interpretation of the truth. Borel writes: “Should political journalists stick to positive profiles of politicians? Should business writers only consider the positives from a company’s actions? Should those who write about literature ignore the intent of the pieces they cover? Of course not. And the same goes for science.”