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When Exxon's CEO is poised to take over the State Department, it's easy for a journalist covering climate to grow despondent, Andrew Freedman writes: "In part thanks to Trump and his allies, facts are even becoming less meaningful in today's society. It's no longer enough to just get more facts out there, and hope for the best. It's a tough reality to face as a journalist, and it's also going to take some getting used to."
Science in Society Journalism Award entries open until Feb. 1
With five categories, cash prizes, no entry fees, an online entry platform, and submissions open to members and non-members alike, we hope that you enter your best work from 2016 and spread the word to your colleagues, friends, and networks. You can even post to your choice of social media outlets from within the entry platform. Entries for the 2017 Science in Society Journalism Awards close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Harassment and even demonization are becoming disturbingly common, with science journalists among the targets, Keith Kloor writes: "The more you report facts, the less they seem to matter. Anyone who’s been on the front lines of the climate wars, feel free to nod along. The same goes for you scientists and science communicators who have gotten entangled in the genetically modified organism (GMO) thicket or who have chased anti-vaccine activists down a rabbit hole."
Who's qualified to edit a Nobel literature laureate? If you're Gabriel García Márquez, you might send your work to Fidel Castro for review, Danuta Kean writes. Quoting from Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla, co-author of a book about the unusual relationship between the two men: "After reading his book The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, Fidel had told Gabo there was a mistake in the calculation of the speed of the boat. This led Gabo to ask him to read his manuscripts."
Tabitha M. Powledge covers, to the extent possible, the outlook for climate science, the Affordable Care Act, and vaccines in a Trump administration: "I’ve been putting off writing about what the TrumPets will do to science and medicine because it’s been so unclear. That’s still true, but what with the inauguration almost upon us, it seems important to lay out some of the possibilities — even though real plans are still a mystery. Assuming there are any real plans."
Journalism has changed a lot in the past decade, but media law courses in journalism school hardly at all, Ricardo Bilton writes: "Journalism schools rarely teach key digital legal topics such as net neutrality, encryption, the legal liability of retweets, and the 'right to be forgotten.' In a sense, media law courses at journalism schools are subject to the same problem that some journalism schools face as a whole: an institutional bias towards print and broadcast."