News Media, Writing for

One of the responsibilities of a scientist is to make scientific findings available to the public. Mostly this is done through academic journals and at academic conferences, but there are times when the researcher needs to reach the general public through the news media. At times researchers will make their findings available to the media in the form of a news release—a short, informative article that announces a specific finding. At other times, researchers will be asked to provide a short summary of a research finding in order to give some context to news consumers. However, training for this is rarely part of the graduate curriculum. This entry outlines the main elements of news releases and article summaries and further discusses the appropriate writing style ...

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