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Leveson Report

to mark Lord Justice Leveson publishing his report into the culture, practice and ethics of the press, we have collected together ways in which the Science Media Centre has engaged with the Inquiry over the last year

after the Leveson inquiry, what future for science coverage?

This article originally appeared on the Guardian website here.   If anyone wonders why the Science Media Centre gave evidence to the Leveson … read more

10 best practice guidelines for reporting science & health stories

Following Fiona Fox’s written and oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, the Science Media Centre was challenged to act on the assertion that “if you put the best scientists, science communicators and science journalists in a room it would not take long for them to agree a tick list of the basic ingredients of good science reporting.”

The guidelines were therefore drawn up in consultation with scientists, science reporters, editors and sub editors and are designed to be used by newsrooms and as advice for non-specialist reporters.

In his report, Lord Justice Leveson described remarked on the guidelines as being “in my view commendable for their utility as well as their succinctness. Any new regulator should bear them closely in mind.”

evidence to the Leveson Inquiry

From our unique position between science and the media, the SMC was well placed to submit evidence from the science community’s perspective to the Leveson Inquiry on the culture, practice and ethics of the press.

The evidence paints the coverage of science, health and engineering by the media as being in rude health but listed a number of problems, and suggested recommendations to improve the general standard of reporting.

Following submission of this evidence, Fiona Fox was also called to give oral evidence and the SMC submitted ’10 best practice guidelines for reporting science & health stories’.

UKCSJ: Leveson Inquiry, and what it means for science journalism.

On Monday 25th June 2012 I gave a talk at the UK Conference of Science Journalists. Along with David Derbyshire (freelance environment and … read more

dodgy science headlines: PR can share the blame

Two weeks ago I was called to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. It was a nerve-wracking ordeal but also … read more