I started a series of podcasts to report on scientific issues in a simpler and more accurate way. In my Science Journalist program, which will air on Podcaster, Turkey’s first global podcast app, I discuss important issues in the field of science journalism with my expert guests:
Is nutritional news misunderstood?
Is Google making us sick?
Is the perception of beauty in the media misleading?
Does the famine news tell the truth?
I cover many topics like these in depth with experts in their fields. Through this series, journalists will be able to learn what to look out for when listening to the Found Headlines podcast when they’re stuck in their head. As scientists and experts simplify their topics, they will understand what points they need to know. Anyone who wants to assess what should be in a science news story will develop a perspective on science literacy.
Thanks to my program supported by Turkey’s digital journalism academy, NewsLab Turkey, I have the opportunity to present a guide to science journalism.
I will also mention another academy that works for the development of journalists.
Orhan Şener, the coordinator of TGS Academy, organizes many training courses for journalists in Turkey to improve their skills. In these courses, there are many different options ranging from reading news in English to writing news, from coding to digital tools.
The more a journalist produces quality information, the more the society develops. As Mustafa Kemal Ataturk said; “The press is the collective voice of the nation. The press itself is a force, a school and a guide to enlighten and guide a nation, to give it the intellectual nourishment it needs, and in short, to ensure that a nation walks in a common direction whose aim is happiness.
a journalist; For it to be a force, a school and a guide, it must first shine its own light. The more he is equipped, the more he develops society. The journalist, whose perspective broadens and develops, can change the way people think, while offering different solutions to problems when necessary.
Journalism in our country is rapidly moving towards the phenomenon of social media, product promotion and does not go beyond attending events. However, in the English news that we examine every week, journalists actually need to cover the news from a broad perspective. I mean, it’s not just about writing what you hear as a clerk. Journalists must present their own point of view to society by mixing the information they have heard, seen, learned and interviewed.
Signing the incoming press release is not journalism. Presenting the advertising copy of a product as news is also not journalism. It’s not journalism to talk about those we often come across in scientific news, who have a lot of followers and who talk about everything.
Journalism is about finding qualified sources of information, examining the subject in depth and discussing it in detail from the beginning to the end of the news, while conveying what is truth to society. This is not about making headlines about counterfeit products being presented to people as a miracle cure. In fact, it is to present with data that these products are fake and the company is deceived.
Instead of presenting data, they try to fool people with “fake science” by adding the word “science” to “our neighbor’s daughter said so”. At this point, please stay away from those people who don’t know what science is and those who support them.
If you do science, you publish. You back them up with data. Taking advantage of the placebo effect and tricking people ends up revealing the truth after a while.
It is important to show ways to avoid pseudoscience. It is the ability to criticize the mistakes made, if any. It is to show how the society that produces science will develop. It is to unite society with those who produce science.
Putting the same names on the agenda without producing anything is not journalism, it’s trying to deceive society.
Journalism is not an easy job. It’s a very important job, even if some don’t even know it’s a job!
There may even be those who make the mistake of thinking of themselves as journalists when they share two videos, launch two contents on social networks and increase the number of followers.
Like the mistakes made by self-proclaimed communicators, communicating science is not being a YouTuber. The science communicator works on ways to convey scientific information to the public in an understandable, entertaining and accurate way. He does not appear in the media, considers himself worthy of the title of “science communicator”, and does not authorize him to speak on all subjects related to science.
I started working on science communication years before my master’s degree. Critical and analytical thinking is particularly important in this area.
We journalists have lost many of our rights over the years, and we continue to lose them. The best way to avoid this is to get stronger pens. The most qualified journalists are those who do a better job, read more, present aspects that society does not realize, speak about problems and criticize them! Criticizing is the most important job of journalists. By thinking critically and analytically, it is necessary to make society understand why it matters.
In light of science, the value of science journalism should be understood in order to bring society together and provide a better future, so that the rate of scientific research in the country increases.
When the qualified science is done, these people already show themselves. When it comes to science, I can say a lot. We touch on very important points in the podcast. I am curious to know your comments when it is published.