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Activity Number: 272
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2016 : 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM
Sponsor: ASA
Abstract #321845
Title: Science and News: A Marriage of Convenience
Author(s): Joe Palca*
Companies: NPR

Science doesn't fit comfortably into the news format. News is about things that are happening today, things that are or will change people's lives, things that involve life or death. Science is incremental, occurs over long sweeps of time, and in many cases can be safely ignored. True "breakthroughs" are few and far between, and yet in the procrustean bed of the news media, everything sounds like a breakthrough. I'll describe examples of this awkward marriage, and propose an alternative model for presenting science in the news media.

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