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The Science Reporter: Who is ultimately responsible for reporting significant findings to the public?

Are science reporters like other reporters? Reporters are suppose to be objective and independently investigate stories that are of public interest. They are generally proactive and go after the story rather than having the story come to them. They are also knowledgable enough to present the dynamics and content of a story to the public. Who is ultimately responsible for reporting significant scientific findings to the public when science reporters are unable to act as other reporters?

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  • Feb 6 2013: Russian mathematicians were doing really good work during the 80's and we only found out about it after the collapse. With this in mind you can not assume that people in the scientific community are more informed than the general public as to what has been accomplished. Science reporters and magazines serve as highlighters for the scientific community and the general public because scientist are part of the public. Scientist do not read every scientific journal. They read the ones with the big impact factors.

    "Discovered Independently" is sometimes true and then other times it is an attempt to take credit for somebody's work which was published in a journal with a smaller impact factor.

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