What to ask an expert when evaluating scientific research

Five questions to ask experts when you’re evaluating scientific research for a news story. They come from the excellent Desk Guide for Covering Science, which is published by the Science Media Centre New Zealand and free to download. How does this study compare with others that have come before? How does it add to or …

Mark Twain on what it’s like to be interviewed

From a PBS blog post (link expired) comes a lovely piece Mark Twain wrote (and probably didn’t finish) about what it’s like to be interviewed. “Concerning the ‘Interview.’” No one likes to be interviewed, and yet no one likes to say no; for interviewers are courteous and gentle-mannered, even when they come to destroy. I must …

Journalists ‘should be interviewed once a year’

John Longhurst on the Canadian Journalism Project suggests journalists should be interviewed themselves from time to time, so they know what it’s like. And that the interview should be published, so they know what it’s like to have a stranger’s account of themselves on public display. I agree. I’ve been interviewed a few times over the years …