Six reasons scientists should talk to journalists

Interesting article from Edyta Zielinska in this week’s The Scientist magazine explains why scientists should foster good relations with journalists and science writers.

Why scientists should make time for reporters:

  • It’s your duty
  • It raises your profile with journal editors and funders
  • Your bosses will love it
  • You may pick up grant-writing tips
  • It gets the public excited about science
  • It’s better you than someone else

Zielinska also provides an interesting glossary that should clarify the journalistic process for scientists being asked questions by reporters, such as what exactly is understood by the concept of “off the record” and “not for attribution”.

Scientists and journalists alike could do worse than read this article closely…