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Misinformation in science news: How the media shapes public understanding

Kakoli Majumder | Jan 27, 2015 | 39,712 views
 Misinformation in science news: How the media shapes public understanding

Despite the scholarly community’s efforts to make research data and publications available to the general public through open access and public access initiatives, much of the public understanding of scientific knowledge is dependent on the media. However, for scientists, mainstream media coverage of science, is at best, uncomfortable to read, and at its worst, a blatant misrepresentation of scientific facts. 

 Let us look at some of the problems media coverage of scientific information at times leads to.

Attention first, facts later

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