On Monday I hosted the July cafe scientifique at the Royal Institution as usual. This month we were
talking about science journalism and science. We had two panel speakers, Mark Henderson of the
Times, and Gareth Mitchell from BBC radio. (We also had Alex Mansfield, someone I worked with at
the beginning of the year on the Letter to Darwin radio programme, in the audience.)
It was a nice discussion, the journalists arguing that accuracy of reporting was the only way to
maintain a reputation and hence sales. But it was revealed that, as in politics, the number of science
degrees was exceedingly low in journalism. I'm biassed of course, but wouldn't it be nice if those
who set policy or communicated on a topic actually had some background in the area?