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Re: Reporting Science

From:

Oliver O'Hanlon <[log in to unmask]>

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psci-com: on public engagement with science

Date:

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:09:33 +0100

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Aren't 'ash deniers' pub owners who deliberately flout the smoking ban? 

Oliver O'Hanlon 
Policy & Administration Executive
Science Council                     
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-----Original Message-----
From: psci-com: on public engagement with science
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael Kenward
Sent: 28 April 2010 14:59
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Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] Reporting Science

I like the phrase "ash sceptics" to describe Jenkins et al.

Given the piece in the Daily Mail, we also need a category of "ash
deniers".

MK





-----Original Message-----
From: psci-com: on public engagement with science
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of alice bell
Sent: 28 April 2010 11:06
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] Reporting Science

Aspects of this conversation are developing into an interesting debate.

Did anyone see this blog post by Mark Henderson last week on what he's
dubbed "Jenkins' Law"? (the predictability of a "certain breed of
columnist" to try health and safety gone mad over sci risk stories)

http://timesonline.typepad.com/science/2010/04/volcanic-ash-kneejerk-rea
ctio
ns-and-jenkins-law.html

Alice

On 28 April 2010 09:40, Bob Ward <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It's easy to take snooty potshots at the Daily Mail and to make
sweeping
> statements instead of offering insight or analysis. Are you also going
> to accuse people who buy the Daily Mail of being stupid?
>
> Personally, I have a lot of respect for the Mike Hanlon and Fiona
MacRae
> who write about science for the Daily Mail, and the environment
> correspondent, David Derbyshire - they write for a wider a much bigger
> readership than their counterparts on the so-called quality
newspapers.
>
> I notice that the article on ash was written by Sean Poulter, whose
> byline usually proclaims that he is consumer affairs correspondent.
He's
> usually called upon to provide the anti-scientific view on issues such
> as GM and mobile phones.
>
> May I suggest that it would be better and more effective to champion
the
> writing of the specialists like Fiona, Mike and David rather than
> condemining all of the journalists who work on the newspaper?
>
>
> Bob Ward
>
> Policy and Communications Director
> Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
> London School of Economics and Political Science
> Houghton Street
> London WC2A 2AE
>
> http://www.lse.ac.uk/grantham
>
> Tel. +44 (0) 20 7106 1236
> Mob. +44 (0) 7811 320346
>

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