Science and journalism, who would’ve guessed?

Well, much has happened in the news since my last post, from the Iraqi provincial elections to the Steelers beating the Arizona Cardinals to win Super Bowl XLIII (BTW, I believe that translates into 43…)

There are undoubtedly similarities between science and journalism, contrary to what many might have previously thought. One main aspect and thought to be a cornerstone of both platforms is the concept of objectivity. Many individuals believe that true objectivity is impossible to attain, since everyone brings to an experiment or story their own personal biases. “In science, the reliability of an experiment, or its objectivity, is defined by whether someone else can replicate the experiment,” stated in the Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. In journalism, if there is a sufficient amount of transparency within the report itself in which the consumers read, then that report may also be replicated, and the concept of objectivity may also be applied as it did in the former example. I believe that many people don’t think of this parallel existence, citizen and journalist alike, however the latter probably has more of an inclination to do so.


~ by jrn320afigueroa on February 2, 2009.

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