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Science and the Media Report

NewsDavid Levy was appointed to the Science and Media Expert Group created by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in September 2009. The group was chaired by Fiona Fox, Director of the Science Media Centre, and brought together a mix of distinguished scientists and media experts and practitioners. Its report, published in January 2010, entitled Science and the Media: Securing the Future outlines a number of actions and recommendations which, taken together, are designed to:

  • support the accurate reporting of science through a range of new training initiatives for journalists, press officers and scientists
  • foster an environment within which engaging science programmes can be made, and reach the widest possible audience
  • begin to address the serious threat to the quality and independence of science reporting posed by the wider crisis in journalism. The group issued a call for all who care about the quality of science reporting to act now safeguard improvements made in recent years
  • promote openness and transparency across science, facilitating public engagement with, and debate of, scientific issues
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